Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Transitioning From Matt to Steve

Matt to Steve

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Link Roundup

Friday, January 30, 2009

Link roundup

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Asynchrony honorably mentioned as Great Place to Work

St. Louis Magazine has an article that notes something that those of us who work at Asychrony already knew: Asynchrony is a great place to work. We received an honorable mention in the publication's January issue highlighting the area's Great Places to Work. Sure, our "Employees play Halo on two 40-inch TVs," but we're got several of the other perks that other companies have, and some that they don't. Like flexible childcare, pet-friendliness, FFASHH, and, of course, the free lunches. That chinese food in the first-floor refrigerator was for everyone, right?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Defense Systems highlights Asynchrony's SOA work at USTRANSCOM

Defense Systems magazine had a good article about Asynchrony's SOA work at USTRANSCOM. Here's a snippet with a quote from Steve:

The prescriptive architecture is due for delivery in the fall of 2009, said Steve Elfanbaum, Asynchrony’s president. But it won’t take the full length of the contract for new Web-based capabilities to come out, or for the transition architecture to be fully defined.

“People (in USTRANSCOM) are already clamoring for new services and want to use what we have now,” he said. “So as things come out of this process, as the various templates and standards fall out, we’ll start to use those as soon as we can.”

That's textbook agile philosophy, providing value as soon as possible. Who says government contracts can't be done agilely (or at least more agilely)?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Environmentally friendly, reusable story cards

Besides conversation, nothing beats the tactile, low-fi index card for communicating story information. And for environmentally friendly story cards, nothing beats this invention (well, we're not really sure it's an invention in the strictest sense) by Asynchronite Dan King: The Lamindex Story Card. As the name implies, it's a laminated index card that can be used and reused for countless stories and countless projects.

They're relatively cheap to make (just go to Kinko's if you don't have your own laminator or teacher friend), though Dan advises getting the "special kind" of laminate for easy cleaning.