Our fourth Building of Basecamp went really well yesterday. We didn't make as many radical changes to the presentation this time as we've done before, so the material was more intimate to us and we are able to deliver it in a more convincing and timely manner.
Especially the timeliness was helped along by Apple's great new Keynote 2, which has a presenter view that's different from what's being shown on the projector. This view has a clock, a timer, notes, and — most importantly — a preview of the upcoming slide.
We also had significantly more push-back from the audience on our views on functional specs and contract-driven development, which gave a more varied discussion. Speaking of discussion, Dave Thomas of the Pragmatic Programmers was in the crowd asking lots of questions. Thanks, Dave!
All in all, it was really fun doing it again. I look forward to our next one, which might be in New York in a couple of months. The plan is to do the workshop every two-three months.
Today the plan is to hang with Jamis Buck and Dave Thomas before they head back around noon, visit the Robots to talk about the 43 Things experience on Rails, and finally pay a visit to the Seattle.rb (the user group for Ruby in Seattle) at the Omnigroup's offices.
Oh, and of course pick up my Mac Mini and iPod Shuffle also at the Robots office. Can't wait to fondle the both of them!