Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Greetings from the Bay Area!

I survived talk number one at my standards group meeting. Fortunately, the prior panel discussion went far into overtime, thereby whittling away the amount of time I was on stage. The second and final talk is tomorrow morning at 9:05 am and is the undercard for a series of presentations and discussions for two competing standards.

Just in case you think I'm having too much fun in my 36 or so hours out here, I'm pulling out a description from a blog post that isn't about this meeting, but describes rather well a lot of the stuff that goes on here.
The next two weeks were spent sitting in meetings with people who, clutching Use Case for Dummies, became alarmingly obsessed with whether a wireless connection was an actor or a role, or whether opening a door was a task or a scenario. The assembled architects lovingly raked up irrelevant anecdotes from their past, created fiefdoms and cliques, and meetings were dominated by aging personalities who seemingly loved nothing more than to hear the sound of their own voice while they argued irrelevant minutiae.
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