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Quiet-time is not down-time; can developer-brain translate into business benefit?

It's been a while since I posted, and although I might claim that my silly season has begun, it's not entirely accurate. As I have alluded to before, I have been making some major technology strides while simplifying my admin tasks (trying to avoid web content like this) and laying the groundwork for other projects. Well, I've come to a stopping point, time for some retro-introspection ...

I also have to drop in a mention of this post, on another developer-friendly, business-insightful blog, which recalls (for me) a project / request prioritization database built IAPL. We described the problem politely as "can't get 10 pounds of Dirt in a five pound bag ... maybe six if you push real hard, but that's it". Anyway, the database / request list became known as the Dirt Bag, and reports, formal meetings and memos all proudly featuring this name became the norm. We put it together with some quick and dirty tools, made it visible to all using web technology, and got real business value with minimal development effort and expense - not entirely pretty, but elegant, efficient, and useful.

If that's the final summary of any projects / products / applications you work on, consider it a major success.