Monday, 30 March 2009

Best View of London

On 27 March 2009, after living in London for 2 years, I got the best view of London I have had yet!

I was fortunate enough on this day to be flying back to London Heathrow, and arrived over the UK as the sun was beginning to set. I had been napping on the flight until then, and awoke to the plane circling south of the O2 Arena.

Round and round we went ... the green scenery below getting darker and darker. The sun dipped lower, and the City's lights started coming on. Spectacular! The City itself...the tall buildings etc - all I could think was "google maps, with perspectives, eat your heart out!"

And then finally, we were allowed to proceed to Heathrow ... over Picadily Circus, over Hyde Park, South Kensington ... following the Thames River back ... over Kew Gardens ... and then we were landing.

I am now hoping that my next return flight on 17 April will come back at sunset again, which is possible because the clocks went back 1 hour :)

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Introduction to Agile for Traditional Project Managers by Stacia Broderick

I just found this really good Introduction to Agile for Traditional Project Managers presentation that Stacia Broderick put together for Agile 2007. I am quite comfortable with what she says, and the relaxed pace that she presents it at. A well "knit" session integrating some good points from various influences and showing some solid experience she has clearly encountered in real world situations.

Hosted on InfoQ: Introduction-Agile-Stacia-Broderick.

Stacia's blog site: Agile Evolution Blog ... is not all "agile" focussed, but some gems are scattered. :)

I think it's a good complement to my Agile Introduction recommendation from about a year ago: Agile Project Management - a place to start though at 1 hour 26 minutes it is a little longer. But I think the time invested is worth it.