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A Hobbit-style Birthday

According to Ask Middle Earth on Tumblr, “Hobbit birthdays…are a topic Tolkien actually wrote about quite a bit. First off, a hobbit celebrating his or her birthday was called a byrding. […] After their third year byrdings traditionally gave gifts to their parents that were made, grown, or collected by the byrdings themselves.”

Hobbit birthday rules are too complicated for me to understand. Apparently there were no Bears of Very Little Brain like me in the Shire. And you’re not my parents. And I’m substantially beyond my third year. But still, I want to do a sort of Hobbit-style birthday celebration.

So I’ll do as a third year byrding is expected to do, and give gifts that were made, grown, or collected by me. All I have is my work experience, so that’s what I’ll give.

I’m offering four one-hour time slots for one-on-one consulting free of charge on my birthday, July 2. First come, first served.

First Monday Webinar Series

Facilitator: Dave Nicolette. All times are UTC. The dates may be one day earlier in your time zone.

Subscription for 12 webinars: $150 US

  • June 2020: Lean principles applied to software development.
    For stakeholders, managers, and members of software development/delivery teams.
    $20 US per seat
    June 2 UTC 00:00-01:30 (San Francisco: June 1 17:00-18:30, New York: June 1 20:00-21:30)
    June 2 UTC 15:00-16:30 (London: June 2 16:00-17:30, Berlin: June 2 17:00-18:30)
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  • July 2020: Using Cycle Time to guide process improvement.
    For stakeholders, managers, and members of software development/delivery teams.
    $20 US per seat
    July 7 UTC 00:00-01:30 (San Francisco: July 6 17:00-18:30, New York: July 6 20:00-21:30)
    July UTC 15:00-16:30 (London: July 7 16:00-17:30, Berlin: July 7 17:00-18:30)
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  • August 2020: The business value of clean code.
    For stakeholders, managers, and members of software development/delivery teams.
    $20 US per seat
    August 4 UTC 00:00-01:30 (San Francisco: August 3 17:00-18:30, New York: August 3 20:00-21:30)
    August 4 UTC 15:00-16:30 (London: August 4 16:00-17:30, Berlin: August 4 17:00-18:30)
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Future topics in the pipeline:

  • Why limit work in process (WIP)?
  • What is Story Mapping?
  • Vertical slicing and incremental feature delivery
  • Applying contemporary software development methods to IBM mainframe systems

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Instructor: Dave Nicolette. All times are UTC.