Friday, November 30, 2007

Lotusphere 2008 agenda

As it appears on Lotusphere 2008 web site, conference agenda is final!!!

Saturday, January 19
1:00pm - 9:00pm Conference Registration Open

Sunday, January 20
7:00am - 9:00pm Conference Registration Open
7:15am - 8:00am Continental Breakfast
7:15am - 6:00pm Business Development Day
8:00am - 10:00am JumpStart Sessions
8:00am - 6:30pm Lotusphere 2008 Online Open
9:00am - 10:45am Hands-on Sessions
10:00am - 5:00pm Lotus Stuff Store Open
10:30am - 12:30pm JumpStart Sessions
11:45am - 1:30pm Buffet Luncheon
12:30pm - 2:15pm Hands-on Sessions
1:30pm - 3:30pm JumpStart Sessions
4:00pm - 6:00pm JumpStart Sessions
4:30pm - 6:15pm Hands-on Sessions
6:30pm - 9:00pm Welcome Reception

Monday, January 21
7:00am - 8:30am Continental Breakfast
7:00am - 5:00pm Conference Registration Open
8:00am - 10:00am Opening General Session (Yellow Badges)
8:45am - 9:45am Lotusalon 2.08 (White Badges)
9:45am - 10:30am Coffee Break - Swan Foyer
11:00am - 6:30pm Lotusphere 2008 Online Open
10:30am - 11:15am Coffee Break
10:30am - 6:00pm Lotusphere 2008 Labs Open
10:30am - 8:00pm Product Showcase and Bookstore Open
11:00am - 1:00pm Opening General Session (White Badges)
11:00am - 12:00pm Lotusalon 2.08 (Yellow Badges)
11:45am - 2:00pm Buffet Luncheon
1:00pm - 6:00pm Lotus Stuff Store Open
1:30pm - 3:15pm Hands-on Sessions
2:15pm - 3:15pm Breakout Sessions
2:30pm - 6:00pm IBM BP Sales and Marketing Cafe
3:15pm - 3:45pm Coffee Break
3:30pm - 4:30pm Breakout Sessions
4:30pm - 6:15pm Hands-on Sessions
5:00pm - 6:00pm Breakout Sessions
6:00pm - 8:00pm Product Showcase Reception
6:15pm - 7:15pm Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
8:00pm - 11:00pm Lotusphere 2008 JAMfest

Tuesday, January 22
7:00am - 8:00am Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
7:00am - 8:15am Continental Breakfast
7:00am - 5:00pm Conference Registration Open
8:00am - 6:30pm Lotusphere 2008 Online Open
8:00am - 9:45am Hands-on Sessions
8:30am - 9:30am Breakout Sessions
8:30am - 9:30am Unified Communications Keynote
9:00am - 6:00pm Product Showcase and Bookstore Open
9:00am - 6:00pm Lotusphere 2008 Labs Open
9:00am - 6:00pm Lotus Stuff Store Open
9:30am - 10:00am Coffee Break
10:00am - 11:00am Breakout Sessions
11:15am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions
11:45am - 2:00pm Buffet Luncheon
12:30pm - 2:15pm Hands-on Sessions
1:30pm - 2:30pm Breakout Sessions
2:30pm - 3:00pm Coffee Break
2:30pm - 6:00pm IBM BP Sales and Marketing Cafe
3:00pm - 4:00pm Breakout Sessions
4:15pm - 5:15pm Breakout Sessions
4:15pm - 5:45pm Customer Panel
4:30pm - 6:15pm Hands-on Sessions
5:45pm - 6:45pm Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions

Wednesday, January 23
7:00am - 8:00am Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
7:00am - 8:15am Continental Breakfast
7:00am - 5:00pm Conference Registration Open
8:00am - 6:30pm Lotusphere 2008 Online Open
8:00am - 9:45am Hands-on Sessions
8:30am - 9:30am Breakout Sessions
8:30am - 9:30am Social Software Keynote
9:00am - 5:00pm Product Showcase and Bookstore Open
9:00am - 5:00pm Lotus Stuff Store Open
9:00am - 6:00pm Lotusphere 2008 Labs Open
9:30am - 10:00am Coffee Break
10:00am - 11:00am Breakout Sessions
11:15am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions
11:45am - 2:00pm Buffet Luncheon
12:30pm - 2:15pm Hands-on Sessions
1:30pm - 2:30pm Breakout Sessions
2:30pm - 3:00pm Coffee Break
2:30pm - 5:00pm IBM BP Sales and Marketing Cafe
3:00pm - 4:00pm Breakout Sessions
4:15pm - 5:15pm Breakout Sessions
4:30pm - 6:15pm Hands-on Sessions
5:45pm - 6:45pm Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
6:00pm - 7:30pm SpeedGeeking
7:30pm - 10:30pm Lotusphere 2008 Party

Thursday, January 24
7:00am - 8:15am Continental Breakfast
8:00am - 4:00pm Lotusphere 2008 Online Open
8:00am - 5:00pm Conference Registration Open
8:30am - 9:30am Breakout Sessions
8:30am - 9:30am Application Development Keynote
9:00am - 12:00pm Lotusphere 2008 Labs Open
9:30am - 10:00am Coffee Break
10:00am - 11:00am Breakout Sessions
11:15am - 12:15pm Lotusphere Encore Breakout Sessions and GURUpalooza
11:45am - 1:30pm Box Lunch Pick-up
1:30pm - 2:45pm Ask the Developers
2:45pm - 3:15pm Coffee Break
3:15pm - 4:30pm Closing General Session

Thanks and See You Next Year!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sametime 8: downloaded!



Now I'm happy! Let's start the hard work ...

Sametime 8: today!


Today Samtetime 8 will be out on the market. As soon as possible I will download it! New features in Lotus Sametime Standard 8 include:

  • Expanded platform support for Lotus Domino 8 and server support for VMWare environments.
  • Extended mobile support including the Nokia E-series, Sony Ericsson, and Windows Mobile 6 devices.
  • New point to point video capabilities for Macintosh users.
  • Integration with Microsoft Office 2007.
More info on IBM.com: Sametime - Get the buzz.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

A short trip to Paris


Well, it's not the same as Disneyworld in Orlando but it's close to Italy and more or less ok. The point is that Paris is not the best sunny and hot city in Europe so cold wind from north happens. It's life.

We left from Bologna quite early in the morning of 24th November, just the right time to take a short nap on the plane and the we arrived in Paris. We had some delay in the baggage claim area due to Francesco's stroller but fortunately no strike in transport, just a lot of traffic on way to the resort area.

If I'm to be honest, the entrance of the parks was a mess; thousands of people waiting to buy tickets. Right, it wasn’t our lucky day but finally we got our tickets and enjoyed the rest of the day in some short line attractions. Francesco really had fun at Pirats beach and Alice's curious labyrinth even though he wasn’t at his top (days after we discover he got scarlet fever but this is another story).

The dinner at Dreamcastle hotel was good and huge (an "all you can eat" buffet for 27 Euro each and Francesco eat for free). I cant say the same for the room, I mean it was ok but it really didnt look like 4 start room.

On Sunday we came back at the park and got some nice attractions: Buzz Lightyear laser blast, Space Mountain: Mission 2, Honey I shrunk the audience, Autopia, Le Carrousel de Lancelot and Mad Hatter's Tea Cup.

In the evening we enjoyed Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. I strongly recommend this: horses, buffaloes, cows, cowboy and Indians make rodeo the live show while you eat, sing and partecipate in the show.

The short trip to Paris was over and on Monday Francesco and me flew back to Italy.


My photostream on Flickr

Friday, November 23, 2007

Italian Agile day 2007!!!!


Dear all, it's a long long time that I've never seen a so interesting conference in "contribute for this event, otherwise is free" world!!!

Today Agile Day was really value for time: great speakers both from Italy and other country, effective workshop (maybe someone call it hands-on or something else) and friendly people always happy to discuss with you.

Next week a full report on this event because tomorrow we leave to Paris!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I scrum, did you?

It's not really about rugby, rather about project management. Today in my company we start with some scrum methodologies in "agile" world.

The first one is to introduce stand up meeting. Unfortanelly I will been outside the office often, but I'm even sure that stand up meeting facilitate a lot the cohesion and communication between all the team. Scurm guys, scrum!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My first dojo


It's a couple of year that I'm very interested in eXtreme Programming and Agile software. Yesterday i had my first dojo on Eclipse and Java. It wasn't really like the other karate dojo that I usually do, definitely.

Dojo was organized by Bologna XP User Group (again Italy!): many guys with high skill on ICT in different lenaguages and technology. Dojo was the second event in that community for me, the first was an XP Game (also very interesting).

In the dojo we was about 20 guys, 1 PC and 2 people per turn on that PC: one act as "navigator" the other as "writer". We rotated in 10 minutes turn and write a TDD software to check who wins a simplified poker game.

What I learn:

  • everyone has his own TDD style, even the more expert discuss a lot on how apply test and assert on the code.
  • TDD is just one of the techniques to improve software quality and efficiency
  • the best way to start with Agile and XP is agile approach: start with one methodology, practice or technic at time ad see how does if fit in your every day work.
  • I'm strongly convinced that methodology/practice may be different based on project, peopole or other environment factor.
  • I'm strongly convinced that Agile and XP works. Does Google geeks use those? Yes my dear they do, Is it enought?