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Whats in a name? – Codename Vancouver!

This blog post is cross-posted from my personal blog.

Things have changed a lot at DotNetNuke Corporation in the last year.  During most of 2008, I was the only employee that could say they spent the majority of their time writing code.  Since the Series “A” investment we have grown considerably from 6 employees to well over 20.  We now even have a dedicated Engineering office in British Columbia.

A few weeks ago, about the time of the Open Force conference in Vegas, the engineering group was split into two groups – one focused on Maintenance and Support under Joe Brinkman and one focused on new development under our new Director of Engineering – Rob Chartier.  As Senior Architect, I am a part of the group focused on new development. 

Rob has introduced the Scrum development process to our little team, and we have established monthly sprints for the new development work, and while not necessarily part of the Scrum process we have decided to use codenames for each sprint.

Coming up with the codenames was assigned to me – it was my idea, so I guess that’s fair.

So what codenames did I decide to use?  Well for 2010 each of our sprints will have the codename of a city that has held or will be holding an Olympic Games, focusing on Games of the 21st Century.

As we have employees now in 4 countries – Canada, USA, UK and Australia – the first four sprints are code-named as follows.

  1. Vancouver (2010 Winter Games)
  2. Sydney (2000 Summer Games)
  3. London (2012 Summer Games)
  4. Salt Lake (2002 Winter Games)

We start with Vancouver, as Vancouver is about to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, and it is the birth-place of DotNetNuke. 

As we wind down this initial sprint of 2010, I will blogging more about what is part of DotNetNuke – codename Vancouver.

I should emphasize that while we are working in monthly sprints, the plan is to release quarterly, which means that a formal release will be a roll-up of – on average – 3 sprints.


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