Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Commons view on Scrum

Agile approaches encourage common ownership of artifacts during product development. Historically commons is the term used for shared resources. Can we apply the commons learnings to agile and Scrum approaches?

Interestingly economists were kind to state common ownership is doomed to fail through the tragedy of commons theory published end of the sixties.

Thirty years later Elinor Ostrom showed that commons can indeed work well if you follow a small set of rules. She found century old examples scattered around the world.  She was awarded the Nobel price in economics for her findings in 2009 and dissipated the previous fake news.

The picture shows a Suone in Wallis, Switzerland. The constructions bring water to arid regions and are build and maintained by communities. It is example of commons in place for hundred of years and is one of the concrete implementation studied by Elinor. Mountain pastures are also managed as commons in Switzerland. You will find a drawing of Suone on the hundred Swiss Francs note.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Agile Architecture within Scrum

You are applying the agile, lean approach to your software product development. Your teams use Scrum or Kanban to deliver running software every two weeks.

Agile architecture is a key element to improve the quality of your product and reduce cycle-time of your product outcomes.

Your journey toward greater business agility starts by identifying what outcomes are most important to your company’s success. A key component is to find out how to create great architecture within the Scrum framework.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The World is a Better Place and We Must Tackle Climate Change


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The world has really improved in a lot of areas.

Stop whining we are doomedAnd yes we must act strong and fast to tackle the climate change disaster. 

But do not forget how much the world bettered the last centuries.

We are not doomed, we must solve the next challenges instead of just complaining and doing nothing.

Ask yourself if you need a car. Travel with train instead of flying. Schedule a video conference instead of a business trip. Each step reduces your carbon footprint. Millions of persons taking similar steps will be a huge improvement. Reduce your plastic and paper usage. Just do it!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Agile Code is Clean Code!

You are applying the agile, lean approach to your software product development. Your teams use Scrum or Kanban to deliver running software every two weeks.

To create an agile architecture you must write agile worthy code. And agile code is always clean code.

Start early, do it continuously and soon your code will be clean, legible and free of defects.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Agile Architecture Principles

You are applying the agile, lean approach to your software product development. Your teams use Scrum or Kanban to deliver running software every two weeks. The product market introduction is a success and you will successfully sell the solution for the next ten years.

How shall you define the software architecture of your product and insure a long living and high quality solution? The experts tell you the design is emergent, what does it means?

Monday, April 15, 2019

Code Scene as Crime Scene

You have a successful product and happy users. Slowly the cost adding new features is creeping up and product margins are shrinking. Which crimes did put us in this dreaded situation?

How can you analyze the history of your product's source code?

How can you explore the social dimension of your product development? How can you find good approaches to increase time to market and improve development costs?

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Why I still love to use a MacBookPro and MacOS in 2019

As a young developer I loved Linux, compiled new kernels during evening sessions and struggled days to have the correct drivers for the graphic card and communication components of my notebook. 

I grew older and decided to enjoy my weekends, family and outdoor activities.

And surely I shall have no virus, trojan and other evils on my workstation. So I went to MacOS and Apple notebooks without regrets.