Ignore requirements to gain flexibility, value, insights! The power of why

I would like to share an eye-opening experience I have recently made. I have learned that if we do not just passively accept the requirements given to us but carefuly analyse the reasons behind them (and the reasons behind the reasons), we gain incredible power and flexibility. By understanding the real value behind it andContinue reading “Ignore requirements to gain flexibility, value, insights! The power of why”

Most interesting links of Mars ’13

Recommended Readings A lot of stuff this month since I have finally got time to review some older articles. Quite a few articles by Fowler. Few really great (yet short) talks on agile & SW development. Top Agile in a Nutshell (originally Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell) by Henrik Kniberg – the best explanationContinue reading “Most interesting links of Mars ’13”

Most interesting links of December ’12

Recommended Readings Software development Kent Beck: When Worse Is Better: Incrementally Escaping Local Maxima – Kent reintroduces his Sprinting Centipede strategy (“reduce the cost of each change as much as possible so as to enable small changes to be chained together nearly continuously” => “From the outside it is clear that big changes are happening,Continue reading “Most interesting links of December ’12”

You’re Writing the Wrong Software – You Never Know What Users Want Until You Ask Them

Too often companies and IT departments believe that they know what software they should create. However users often need and want something different than you believe, even if you’re a domain expert yourself. My colleague and dear friend Ivar had exactly this experience when designing a meal planning tool for his girlfriend and himself. HeContinue reading “You’re Writing the Wrong Software – You Never Know What Users Want Until You Ask Them”

Key Lessons from the Specification by Example Course, Day 1

I’m taking part in a course of Specification by Example, lead by Gojko Adzic. Here I want to summarize the key things I’ve learned in the first day of this entertaining and fruitful course thanks to both Gojko and my co-participants. If you haven’t heard about Specification by Example (SbE) before (really?!), then you needContinue reading “Key Lessons from the Specification by Example Course, Day 1”