The Art of the Spike 4.25


Exploring new technologies can be both challenging and rewarding. A good spike can make or break a new feature for your application. Have you ever thought that a technology or practice your company isn't currently using is the perfect fit for your next iteration? This is your time to shine! In this session you will learn how to treat new technologies as first class citizens and prove that it fits your needs. You will also learn how to provide concrete evidence supporting your decision. By the end of this session your fear of introducing new technology will simply melt away leaving you with a hunger for new ideas.

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Stream.2993 saleem, 15 May 08:41 PM


  • Great energy level this late in the afternoon! (2:30 - 3:30 pm)

  • Aaron involved the audience. The refrain -- "Shall we go on?" -- on several slides was quite useful in keeping people interested and responsive.

  • Mastery of subject matter. Aaron was well-prepared for the preso.

Room for Improvement

  • Pace of delivery was sometimes a bit too fast.

  • (This is a common theme in several presentations at DevNation Chicago.) The constant Command-Tab switching between various applications is moderately irksome. Even though Aaron actually installed and got running a copy of Redis as part of his preso; I didn't find the actual act of watching him do so as intellectually rewarding or informative. The lessons he drew from his actions and findings were much more so. I believe that "live coding" during a preso is an antipattern. It certainly detracted a bit of the luster from Aaron's presentation.

Jlove201003 Justin Love, 16 May 02:12 PM

I actually thought the "showing how" was pretty effective in this case, and asking the audience whether to go on helped drive home the point that you need to be prepared to drop something that's giving too much resistance.

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Delivery: 4.50

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Time & Location

May 15, 2010 — 02:40 PM
ThoughtWorks - AON Center, 200 E. Randolph St. 25th Floor, Chicago, IL  (Map It)