Friday, February 27, 2009

Talk with Dave Hoover

Dave Hoover is an owner of Obtiva. Obtiva is a great craftsman workshop in the Chicago area that focuses on delivering true value for the customers, building software and relationships that are intended to last long-term.

Dave is also a co-author of Apprenticeship Patterns, a (currently) online book containing advice on being an apprentice in the software industry. He's not only an author about apprenticeships, as Obtiva also has an apprenticeship program for their entry-level developers.

I was very excited to get in to Obtiva for several reasons: I only had the opportunity to spend an afternoon there in December (interview with Dave from then); Obtiva is taking part in a Journeyman Exchange program with 8th Light starting April 6; Obtiva is an example of a successful software development shop that emphasis the techniques and practices that I espouse.

In this conversation, we talk about the Journeyman Exchange program, as well as the value and feasability of holding true to your techniques and practices in the 'real world' and still deliver true business value.

Talk with Dave Hoover (February 2009) from Corey Haines on Vimeo.