Once a year, after a major release, the Engineering team takes a "Fun Week" break from our regularly scheduled Agile development process to focus on Pentaho topics that the Engineers find most interesting. This year we took the break immediately following the Pentaho BI 4.0.0 GA release. A number of great research projects and ideas were created by the Engineers.
One of the major highlights was the prototype work done for the iPad. Nick Baker updated our new Interactive Reporting client to work on the iPad, and Rob Fellows implemented an iPad compatible User Console interface.
At the end of the week, we held a BarCamp style meeting at the local Dave and Busters where everyone presented their work followed by some fun playing arcade games and air hockey. The most energetic presenter was Ezequiel Cuellar, who prototyped some great new functionality in Pentaho's User Console, including bookmarks and history. As part of his demo, Ezequiel demonstrated how easy it would be to erase your Pentaho history when your pointy haired boss stopped by at your desk. With this feature, your boss won't know if you ran that TPS report or not! I didn't mention to Ezequiel that his boss could always check out the daily Pentaho Audit Logs :-).
Many of the prototypes developed in previous Fun Weeks have become headlining features. Taking a break to focus on fun has proven to be a great reward for the Engineering Team as well as a unique way to allow for product innovation within Pentaho!
Will Gorman Vice President of Engineering Pentaho