The future of Enterprise Architecture

Boston John Hancock Tower

When Casimir Artmann posted a blog post about the role of Enterprise Architecture in a world that changes ever faster, some of the comments were about “IT” not being mature like other disciplines with a distinct “engineering” and “science” branch such as Chemistry or Biology – and even that is…

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Hiring team members

There are so many questions when it comes to hiring new team members and forming a team.

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Hangouts with Greger Wikstrand and friends

So far, I have done three public hangouts with friends in different places. I’ve created a playlist with all of them for your convenience.

The playlist will be expanded with each future hangout. Will my next hangout be with you? Let me know and we’ll set it up. :-)

Tester in Agile

A car, crash tested inside the box.

Someone asked me what should happen to the testers now that the developers were moving to Agile. How should they handle the new situation? This is how I answered: I think your best bet would be to integrate with the development teams. Here are two things you could start thinking…

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Budget for Technical Debt Reduction

If you do not take care of technical debt reduction, you will end up like this house.

The foolish man builds his house on loose sand but the rains and the winds will crash it. (Matthew 7:24-27) Things have not changed that much in the last two thousand years. Technical debt remains a major challenge for software development teams.

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Adding video

The room has been setup for recording session 3.

Ever since I started blogging properly – over ten years ago – it’s been all about text with the exception of a few images. Then, not so long ago, a customer remarked that he never read anything longer than five or so sentences. It was a useful reminder that we…

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Introduce Agile – the quick fix to a slow team!

A team rowing the boat.

What happens if you only focus on making the team agile? Be careful what you ask for – you might just get it! Whenever I face a new organization trying to implement Agile as a work method, a specific question always strikes me; “Why do you want to move towards…

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What I learned from chopping wood

A lumberjack is chopping wood.

When I moved to a farm, three years ago, I thought I would be able to take what I had learned from consulting and agile and apply it to farming. I soon found out that I was wrong. The true lessons were not in what I could re-apply in farming…

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Rock star agile developers

Two rock star agile developers.

Rock star agile developers. We are all talking about them. But are they truly out there? Studies show that developer productivity falls into a wide range. An average run-of-the mill developer has a productivity of 1. A great programmer might be a 10. A poor programmer might be a -1.…

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Risk Management in Three Simple Steps

The word "Risk" as Grafitti on a wall

Risk management is a diverse topic. It can be the simple intuitive risk handling that we do in our everyday lives. We are born with a survival instinct, or a risk aversion , that helps us avoid falling off roofs and other dangerous things. Risk management can also be a…

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