Code Freeze 2009 on Thu, Jan 15, 2009

It is getting really cold outside, just in time for our annual Code Freeze conference. This year's topic is Maximizing Developer Value.

Who: Susan Standiford, Nate Shutta, Andy Miller, Neal Ford, Pam Rostal, Bob King, and others
What: Code Freeze 2009: Maximizing Developer Value
When: Monday, January 15, 2009, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Where: Hubert H Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, 301 19th AveS, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Cost: 90$ (online)

Registration is required. Check for more information. See you there!

Could building a coalition result in leadership by committee?

Innovation was the theme of the Code Freeze 2008 conference last week. Mark Striebeck talked about innovation strategy at Google, Jon Spence explained how Agile methods were introduced at Medtronic, Jamie Thingelstad touched on innovation in product development at Dow Jones. Then after lunch, we had the pleasure to listen to Stuart Halloway, Nate Schutta, and David Hussman.

Most of the ideas discussed are common sense, but one point is interesting to think about. Jamie said that leadership by committee does not work. I tend to agree with this statement. I also trust Jamie's judgement - his organization managed to keep its innovative culture and efficient development environment through a number of merges and acquisitions. But I just keep wondering...

One of the responsibilities of a strong leader is to build a strong coalition to support her or his ideas and lead this coalition as a team to make the change and innovation happen. Could that result in leadership by committee?

Code Freeze 2008 is just around the corner

Code Freeze 2008 is a one-day Software Symposium to be held on Thu, January 17, 2008 from 8 am to 5 pm at the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center. Speakers include David Hussman, Jamie Thingelstad, Nate Schutta, Jon Spence, and others.

Cost for the general public is $90. Registration deadline is Friday, January 11, 2008. Check out more information at

I attended Code Freeze in 2006 and looking forward to the presentations this year. Hope to see you there!

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