Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap at the European SharePoint Conference
Jeremy Thake teamed with Randy Williams to talk about a set of problems that many developers and projects face related to application lifecycle management (ALM).
Jeremy is a very charismatic presenter who can enthrall a room with his childlike charm and soothing voice. I’ve seen him present several times and I’m always impressed with his ability to present a topic in a way that makes it easy to understand.
In the part of the workshop where I attended, the attention was solely focused on Visual Studio 2012 and apparently, how Jeremy’s employer uses the ALM features of VS2012.
Although I didn’t have the chance to attend the other parts of the workshop, I did find this section a bit strange. First, I didn’t quite understand the sidekick element of this, because Jeremy was clearly the only one who did any kind of presentation. Randy was there and had a couple of contrived points and questions that Jeremy answered, but overall, I don’t see why the duo couldn’t just have been a solo performance. Perhaps Randy had more attention in other parts of the workshop.
Second, I’m not all that convinced the topic was covered in a way that brought real value to users. The focus of this part was solely on Visual Studio 2012 and not on ALM in general, and comments about other tools were either ignored or answered with little detail. Unless you use Visual Studio 2012 and in the way Jeremy prescribed, I’m not sure you’d get that much value from the presentation.
Finally, and this of course is solely a personal opinion, I like presenters that can add a bit of humor in their presentations, and Jeremy certainly does this in other presentations I’ve seen him deliver. However, perhaps due to the topic being somewhat dry, there was little in this presentation that made me want to smile. It seemed more like a company meeting than an engaging presentation.
Overall, I’m a bit disappointed because I’ve seen Jeremy delivery so much more and better.
Microsoft messaging rating: Speaks Microsoftish fluently and often.
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Visit http://www.jeremythake.com/ to get in touch with Jeremy and to read his blog.
Other Reviews from the ESPC 2013
Speaker / Session Reviews:
- Create an End User Adoption Strategy, Presented by Erica Toelle
- SharePoint 2013 Workshop for Developers, Presented by Sahil Malik
- Patterns in Apps for SharePoint Store, Presented by Sonja Madsen
- What’s New in SharePoint Designer 2013, Presented by Mai Omar Desouki
- Workflow Stages Done Well, Presented by Mike Fitzmaurice