Scott Hanselman

TechEd Developers 2006 - Greetings from Spain

November 6, '06 Comments [1] Posted in
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Hola from Spain. A crazy flight, and a crazy night as Z (my 11 month old) struggles to adjust to the 9 hour time change, but we arrived and survived.

Here's a picture of this morning's presentation, specifically the "Abilities of the Architect" talk at the Architecture Pre-Conference with Ron Jacobs and I.

Already a blog post from Lorenzo Barbieri, an attendee, about the talk where I explained to the European audience what "The Bus Factor" is.

Architecting by Coincidence - Bella la definizione... simile a quella di Programming by Coincidence, ma con conseguenze ancora piĆ¹ gravi...

Fa il paio con "The Bus Factor": cosa succederebbe al vostro progetto se la persona X venisse investita da un autobus?
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(feel free to translate at the BabelFish)

It's a common turn of phrase in the states. I didn't coin it, I'm sure it just was out there, but I mentioned it once here.

...stuff like this has what I call a "High Bus Factor." That means if the developer who wrote it is hit by a bus, you're screwed.

Great questions from the audience and all in all, a fine time was had by all.

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006 8:22:19 AM UTC
At my company Redline Software we commmonly talk about what would happen if person x were to get run over by a bus, companies should always consider this when using short term contractors to do in-house development. Here in the UK we constantly battle with clients who ask why our day rate is twice what they could hire a contractor for. The awnser of course is our team all have relavent industry experience and we offer protection against 'The Bus Factor'.
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