Of all the conferences I've seen this year, Waterfall 2006 is the one I'm most excited about.

Odds are that you haven't heard of Waterfall. It's a small conference that hopes to resurrect some tried-and-true software development methods:

After years of being disparaged by some in the software development community, the waterfall process is back with a vengeance. You've always known a good waterfall-based process is the right way to develop software projects. Come to the Waterfall 2006 conference and see how a sequential development process can benefit your next project. Learn how slow, deliberate handoffs (with signatures!) between groups can slow the rate of change on any project so that development teams have more time to spend on anticipating user needs through big, upfront design.

Three sessions that really caught my eye right away:

  1. Refuctoring
  2. Nailing Down Requirements: Techniques to Prevent Change
  3. Project Bureaucracy: How to Generate Millions of Jobs without Gaining any Productivity

And, best of all, I don't have to worry about missing any of them:

Because it's possible you may want to attend all sessions, Waterfall 2006 features no concurrent sessions. All sessions are run sequentially for your enjoyment.

Excellent! This is just the thing for companies that have been acquiring small, fast startups that prefer reckless iterative design and test driven development.

Are you going? It's on the first day of April, so register now.

Posted by jzawodn at March 11, 2006 07:56 PM

Reader Comments
# Andy said:

I liked the wordUnit document testing framework, myself. That's definitely a must-see session right there.

on March 11, 2006 09:03 PM
# marc said:

April Fool's! :)

on March 11, 2006 11:00 PM
# kasia said:

See, the location shoul be a tipoff (even if the description isn't).. nobody in their right mind would hold a conference in Niagara Falls, NY :)

on March 12, 2006 05:43 AM
# tom said:

I've been successfully using many of these techniques for years and the conference sounds like a wonderful way of picking up the latest developments in this exciting area and refining the skills I already have.

Thanks for the pointer.

on March 12, 2006 06:22 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

We tried to send speakers, but Microsoft had taken all the slots...

on March 12, 2006 06:59 AM
# ct said:

I am so there. But my boss has not fully released the specification of the approval request process, so I am unable to comply.

on March 12, 2006 08:12 AM
# Dan Isaacs said:

Ooh. I'm not a developer, but I do manage projects where change can turn thing sugliy in a hurry. I'd like to learn how to better manage requirements.

on March 12, 2006 05:46 PM
# Chris Vance said:

I'm sure all the Web 2.0s will be there to learn how things get done at traditional corporations. :-)

on March 12, 2006 07:16 PM
# Joe D'Andrea said:

In like flint. I hear Waterfall is especially handy for mergers and acquisitions too! Now if I can just get approved for travel ...

on March 13, 2006 01:36 PM
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