Qualities of Quality

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I’m currently on parental leave, which is something that leaves very little time for any concentrated work effort because your first priority is to be on-call to solve the problems of a baby and you get interrupted all the time. But in between interruptions you can reflect on things and sometimes respond to email threads. I’ve been thinking about one topic in particular, namely quality, over the last week or two, and now my son is asleep, so I’m going to try to write up a blog post about it. In this post, I’m making the claim that

Developer-facing quality is a completely different thing from end-user facing quality, and is usually more important.

In one of the email threads I’ve been responding to, I said that “near-perfect quality code is … a meta-feature” meaning it affects and improves all other features, and that “it’s really a requirement to achieve sustainable…

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7 tools to present a Twitter stream at your event

EVENT MARKETING BLOG

For a number of reasons, Twitter and events are a good match:

  • Before the event, it is a great tool to spread the word about the contents of your event (speakers, topics etc.), to engage and to connect with potential attendees.
  • During the event, it is perfect to add a virtual component to your conference or meeting, by linking the real life audience with the tweeps out there.
  • It is also great to collect feedback, questions, do polls during the event.
  • After the event, it allows you to refer back to useful content like slides, videos, blog summaries etc. You can also track and analyze who took part in the discussions, what the sentiment was, what you can improve and what was particularly appreciated.
  • It is a perfect foundation to create a post-conference review, using Storify. Check out this example from the Emerge Conference 2011 in Oxford.

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