Thanks... I'm a huge Grady fan too, one of the reasons I wanted to interview him for "Making it Big in Software". The interview was a blast, and Grady is a much broader and more mature thinker than most. I think that comes through in his personal interests (kayaking, physics, chemistry, playing Celtic harp, just to name a few!). Grady is an architect’s architect. He thinks in the large, he thinks about systems, and he thinks about the future of where technology is headed.
The downside: as you can imagine the people I interviewed were extremely hard to reach. Some are nearly impossible to reach. I had to use a wide array of crafty schemes and nearly superhuman persistence to reach many of them. With Grady I expected an easier ride since he and I both work at IBM. I have direct access to his email, telephone and instant messaging. (Sorry, no, I can't share them with you). So how hard could it be? But, truth be told, it was hard getting time with him. He's a busy guy! Once we managed to finally get some solid time together the interview was fantastic, and I felt privileged having the one on one time with him. I was a Grady Booch fan before my interview with him and now even more so.
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