“The Nature of Software Development” – all you need to know about Agile

There are so many people who have stated that “Agile is Dead” by now, that I am somewhat ashamed to mention it again. However, it is necessary because it is important to realize that buzzwords, consultancy and certificates don’t do much to improve software delivery. The Agile Mindset, however, does help in delivering value with […]

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Action composition in the Play Framework

The Play framework is a pretty popular web application framework that you can use to build web applications in Scala or Java. One of the building block is the Action, which is responsible for converting an HTTP request to a result. Controller classes will contain Action generators, that are used to handle the HTTP request […]

Can technology replace the human touch?

Recently I read an article on TechCrunch titled: Technology can’t replace the human touch by Ron Miller, and it made me think. Can technology, or to be more specific, intelligent technology replace the human touch? It is natural to think that humans are special. That there is something about us that cannot be replicated. It […]

40% of Glory

When a team achieves something, be it big or small, it is nice to get recognition for it. However, this is not always the case. There are many situations in which someone else, often some manager, gets all the credits. I like to refer to this situation as the 40% of glory rule. 40% of […]

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On solving problems

As developers, our job is finding solutions to problems. Finding a good solution to a problem that has not yet been solved will give the business a tremendous advantage over its competitors. This is where the money comes in. As software developers we play a key role in this process. It has indeed become apparent that […]

Event Storming – Let the domain knowledge flow

Last year I was introduced to a new (for me) workshop format, called ‘Event Storming’. It is a technique developed by Alberto Brandolini and is meant to quickly explore complex business domain. It has already been adopted within the Domain Driven Design community. When I learned about it in a Domain Driven Design workshop by […]

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“Lean Enterprise” – about lean and high performance organizations

Like most of you, I invest quite some time reading about agile software development practices and how to create innovative solutions with a short time to market. My experience, although admittedly limited, teaches me that an agile software development team is not quite enough. One can invest in agile methodologies like Scrum as much as […]

Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale

“The Software Craftsman” – a book about passion

“Being a software developer is awesome. Look around you. Almost everything that is man-made today has software behind it.” This is a quote from the book ‘The Software Craftsman: Professionalism, Pragmatism, Pride’ by Sandro Mancuso. It is a book about passion. It is about passion as the main ingredient of a software developer, to make […]

The Software Craftsman: Professionalism, Pragmatism, Pride