For some time I've been trying to put together a post about the Blue Man Group - the seven-city theatre production that is, well ... unique. I recently saw Blue Man in Chicago, and it is an amazing combination of theatre, art, audience interaction, and improvisational comedy that creates a shared experience.
And yes, I know that's a lame explanation. I still haven't told you what the Blue Man Group does, or, the obvious reason to post - how that should or could affect the way we do presentations on software development.
Here's the first obvious part - Blue Man combines watching with doing - or at least, they create the illusion of it. It makes the entire experience more memorable, and, as I see it, a big part of the problem with the "drive by training" we do in software today is that it is entirely disconnected from what we do on Monday. Disconnected from who we are. That might be a good way to make money, but it's a lousy way to help an industry improve.
So, here's the second thing - Blue Man Group is going to be on SCRUBS on Thursday, November 30th. So before I bother to try to explain what they do, check out the TV show. If the TV show doesn't reflect the group, we'll there are a few blue man links available on video.
Also, I think the post on the requirements problem is pretty good, so if you haven't read it, please, scroll down ...
Schedule and Events
March 26-29, 2012, Software Test Professionals Conference, New Orleans
July, 14-15, 2012 - Test Coach Camp, San Jose, California
July, 16-18, 2012 - Conference for the Association for Software Testing (CAST 2012), San Jose, California
August 2012+ - At Liberty; available. Contact me by email: Matt.Heusser@gmail.com