Tonight: Jeff Conklin on Dialog Mapping

Update: Unfortunately, Jeff cannot make it tonight due to flooding near his home. We’ll reschedule him for another time, and I’ll post the new date here.    (K9T)

Jeff Conklin, facilitator extraordinaire and inventor of gIBIS and Dialogue Mapping, will be giving a talk tonight for the SDForum Collaboration SIG in Palo Alto, 6:30-9pm. Be there! Jeff is an awesome speaker, and — as with all of our events — there will be a great interactive session, where you’ll get to experience Dialogue Mapping first-hand.    (K9Q)

Also, podcast from last month’s meeting, “How Hackers Collaborate,” is now available. See Scott McMullan‘s commentary on the event (and another event I co-organized, “Tools for Catalyzing Collaboration,”, which I’ll blog about soon).    (K9R)

SDForum Collaboration SIG

I’m now the co-chair of the new SDForum Collaboration SIG. Looking forward to working with the other co-chairs: Scott McMullan, Patti Wilson, and Charles Welsh. If you’re interested in participating, check out the shiny new Wiki, courtesy of Scott and JotSpot.    (K0M)

The first meeting is Monday night, November 14, 6:30pm at Silicon Valley Bank in Santa Clara. The panel is entitled, “Show Me The Money!” Panelists are Joe Kraus (JotSpot), David Hornik (August Capital), William Glazier (Redwood Ventures), David Coleman (Collaborative Strategies), and Sam Pullara (Gauntlet Systems). Charles will moderate. It’s free for SDForum members, $15 for everyone else.    (K0N)

Should be a great event. Hope to see you there.    (K0O)

The Craftsman Approach to Building

Scott McMullan uncovered this great quote on the craft of building, one that’s as applicable to software as it is to buildings:    (JVV)

The Craftsman type of building is largely the result not of elaboration, but of elimination. The more I design, the more sure I am that elimination is the secret of beauty in architecture. By this I do not mean that I want to think scantily and work meagerly. Rather, I feel that one should plan richly and fully, and then begin to prune, to weed, to shear away everything that seems superfluous and superficial.    (JVW)

Gustav Stickley, More Craftsman Homes (1912)    (JVX)