I was informed today by ADSK that my proposed sessions should not be a part of AU 2009 and someone else should manage Building Design Power Track. This is fully understood considering my strong personal opinions regarding Revit development and the 2010 UI. But it is really unfortunate considering my elegant work-around for rail joins. ;)
Autodesk has the extraordinary good fortune of having a passionate, articulate and dedicated customer base. I believe their customers yearn to buy software from a company that understands, appreciates and responds to their customer's investment. But for any company to remain successful, they must strenuously maintain balance between the sharp minds of deep thinking subject matter experts and the sharp elbows of politically savvy corporate bureaucrats. And if present management can not maintain this balance then it will likely be a priority of the next to restore it.
Between Revit Technology and Autodesk, I spent the better part of 7+ years convincing, training and mentoring people and teams to move away from a well-established, but tired, dead end of a process. I am very patient to a point. But I do not claim to have the time or patience to slowly stir Autodesk into action. Not when planning new functionality requires a 2 year lead time. Not when the last year was spent developing a new UI that many reasoned opinions believe is functionally inferior. The architectural community have invested too long and too much to see the unique (and I believe even historic) opportunity that is Revit be squandered through corporate lethargy.
I am at my deepest core an Agent of Change. It served Revit well. It served Autodesk well. I sincerely hope that it has served the Architectural Community well. I do not portend to be a reasonable man.
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
-George Bernard Shaw