I've been quiet lately for a couple of reasons.
First, I'm thrilled to say that I'm joining the No Fluff, Just Stuff stable of speakers. It's an honor and a pleasure to be invited to keep such company. The flip side is, I'm spending a lot of my free time polishing up my inventory of presentations. More frankly, I'm rebuilding them all with Keynote. (Brief aside, I'm coming to love Keynote. It has some flaws and annoyances, but the result is worth it!)
I'll debut the first of these new presentations at OTUG on May 15th. I'll be speaking about "Design for Operations". The talk will be about 70% from the last part of Release It, and about 30% original content. OTUG will be giving away a couple of copies of my book, but you have to be there to win!
Finally, I'm working on an article about performance and capacity management. Most capacity planning work is done entirely within Operations, without much involvement from Development. At the same time, most developers don't have a visceral appreciation for how dramatically the application's efficiency can affect the system's overall profitability.
This article will show the relationship between application response time, system capacity, and financial success. I'm hoping to include a simulator app for download that you can use to play with different scenarios to see what a dramatic difference 100ms can make.