10 Things About Me

Following in the spirit of Pie’s recent post I thought I’d post 10 facts about me:

1. I grew up in Carlisle, a city right in the north of England and a city which, famously, was subject to many a dispute in its past over whether it was Scottish or English.

2. As a result of 1 I am a Carlisle United supporter, currently in League 1 in the English Football League. Lets hope they can stay there, 3 games left and 5 or 6 points probably needed.

3. I’m married with 2 kids, both girls. If you’re reading this after June 2009 then this should say 3 kids, here’s hoping everything goes okay!

4. I love my sport, be it football, cricket, golf, rugby union. You name it I enjoy playing or watching it. One of my goals in life is to go to Australia and watch an Ashes series.

5. I built the website for my wife’s business, you can see it and buy loads of products from it here.

6. I’ve spent time living in Sweden, in Gothenburg. It was here that I learned Documentum and also some of the nuances of Swedish life such as fika, Pripps Bla and the wonderfully named chocolate of Plopp!

7. I started in Oracle Forms and was involved/lead a project to build a suite of Process Components based on Oracle Forms. I look at things such as Documentum Forms and sometimes think we’ve moved backwards in the past 12 years!

8. In 2002 I was involved in a proof of concept that surfaced content from Documentum in a Sharepoint site, back then it was called Tahoe. At the time I thought we would end up with a decent solution, I still hope we can!

9. I spend way too much time away from home.

10. Surprisingly I don’t have a favourite ECM product. Each has its merits, MOSS is easy, quick to use and very powerful for a novice user group, IBM have a good story around Portal integration (well they did a few years ago) and Documentum is so rich you can do so much with it, sometime I think too much!

Missing in Action

Its been some time since I posted an entry, this is down to a combination of work and family pressures, plus I’ve been spending more time on Twitter and Yammer. You can follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/leecsmith. Its been good fun using Twitter, I use it for mainly social purposes but there are people within my organisation, and also external, who use it and it is a useful tool to see what they are up to and prompt them for more information. Within our organisation we have also started to use Yammer, http://www.yammer.com, and this has proven an excellent social networking tool. It has really broken down some of the traditional barriers we have had within the organisation and opened up the amount of expertise and knowledge we have at our disposal.

On the work front I’ve been working on a large Documentum project. A number of things have come up which I will post on in the coming weeks once the work dies down a little. We’ve learned a lot about Composer and the team can be really proud of the way they have set up a development environment which I think can be used as a reference for future projects as it brings together Composer, Subversion, Trac wiki, WDK Automated Test Framework and other tools and tricks to really aid in the dev lifecycle. We’re also using elements of Agile techniques, I say elements as I could not hand on heart say it is a fully agile project but we are following 2 week sprints with a sprint backlog and a Product Owner. The requirements are prioritised within the Sprint but ultimately every requirement is mandatory. This is working really well and a product like Documentum lends itself well to such an approach as it does give such a strong start to the process which means that the early iterations can really start to produce something useful.