Esteban Garcia headed to ATL to talk ALM and Agile–don’t miss it!

This is a big deal. One of my colleagues, a superstar in the ALM space (he’s an MVP and a Ranger) Esteban Garcia is flying in to ATL just to speak at the Atlanta .NET users group next week! The meeting starts at 6:00 at the Microsoft office in Alpharetta, and includes refreshments.

Here’s a summary of his talk:

Team Foundation Server 2012 introduced a lot of new tools to support your team’s agile development practices.  This session will cover the new Backlog, Sprint Planning, Task Board, Code Review, My Work, Suspend, Feedback management, Exploratory Testing, Storyboards, and more. We’ll explore these features and give you tools needed to become more productive while collaborating with your team to build better software faster.

Plan to stay after for some beers and such at a local watering hole!

Atlanta Code Camp–Call for Speakers

Once again the local developer community in Atlanta is heating up with activity with the upcoming Atlanta Code Camp. I’m privileged to be part of the group putting together this huge event, and now we finally have a date (August 24) and a location (Southern Poly) firmed up.

Code camps are a great opportunity for developers to learn from and share with each other. It’s basically a free event, but what you’ll learn will be (hopefully) quite valuable to your career and personal development.

But to have a free learning event, we first need people willing to share their knowledge. That’s where you come in! We want to hear from seasoned presenters, as well as folks new to the presentation world.

I did presentations for over 8 years during my career at Microsoft, and the first ones really were the toughest to do. But after a while it got much easier. You’ll find the audience at code camp is pretty forgiving of nervousness and the newbie speaker. As long as you have an interesting topic you’re passionate about, put a reasonable amount of work into your material, and can think on your feet should your talk not go exactly as planned (which will most likely happen), you’ll do great!

So click on over to the speaker submission page and tell us what you’d like to talk about! Your fellow speakers are just as eager to get to know you as you are to meet them. Spread the word to your friends and colleagues, too.