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Thursday, November 12, 2009

NHibernate 3.0 QueryOver

link -> NHibernate 3.0 QueryOver

One of the personal reasons that I had for co-founding Guild 3 was for me to re-discover my passion for software. I was suffering from something similar to what Davy Brion (quite bravely) outlined in Avoiding (Or Recovering From) Burnout. For me the age old adage of “a change is as good as a rest” has proven to be an extremely successful strategy.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Back on the rails

Wow the last three weeks have been hectic. We have been evaluating NHibernate plus I joined two book study groups and neither of them are about the book I am reading. Hopefully things have calmed down now and I get back to reading and posting about Collaboration Explained.

Tabaka writes:

You’ll know that you have seriously moved to a truly collaborative style of decision making when:

  • You value the opinions of the group more than your own.

  • You provide process guidance through positive encouragement instead of controlling dictatorship.

  • You provide your opinion only as an expert contributor and only with the permission of the group(more on this later).

  • You don’t use your opinion to sway the outcome of the meeting.

  • You enlist others to dog your neutrality and ensure it is engaged throughout the meeting.

I do value the opinions of my team and believe that they can make a better decision together than I can make by myself. I have worked hard on being neutral and giving my team the power to make decisions, but I really need to work on being positive and supportive.

I have been avoiding providing my opinion. I don't know how to give my opinion without making it sound like the final decision. The book says it will talk more about this later so I am hoping there is some advice in there that can help me. The idea of getting someone to dog my neutrality sounds interesting.