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Symptoms of dysfunctional architecture – budgeting software development in digital transformation

18 February 2017 Comments off

17 minutes

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I have been involved in a few projects that are considered digital transformation. The term has a wildly convoluted meaning inside the industry. Some people think that this is about bringing about Agile software practices to laggard organisations, others believe that it is all about converting monolithic systems to micro-service oriented applications and, still, others […]

The end of contracting at GOV.UK for the foreseeable future

28 November 2016 Comments off

4 minutes

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The Government Digital Service was created way back in 2010 based on the ideas and the report from Dame Martha Lane Fox. It was supposed to be Agile, faster and efficient and cost effective for the UK. Whereas previous big projects eventually cost the tax payers scores of millions of British pounds, if not hundreds […]

Devoxx 2016 Part 1 – Conference Impressions

17 November 2016 Comments off

8 minutes

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This is my report on my trip to Devoxx Belgium conference. My last visit to Belgium coincided with the publication of Java EE 7 Developer Book in 2013. Three years ago is long time in the technology. So what has changed in Belgium in the meantime? The threat level of security is the obvious thing, […]

How to hire an elite level international football head coach and what you can’t do bugger about it

19 July 2016 Comments off

4 minutes

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Based the last blog entries: Part 1 and Part 2. This is tongue-in-check, however please read it and the last paragraph. Today, 19th July, I saw somebody had tweeted about Head Coach job specification for Belgium. Discover the desired profile of the new Belgian Red Devils’ head coach. – Experience and results in the currently […]

Why aren’t you getting the best contractors and what can you do about it (Part 2)

18 July 2016 3 comments

9 minutes

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Why aren’t you getting the best contractors and what can you do about it In Part 1, we look into the question of why companies suck at finding great contractors. We covered reviewing the genuine opportunity. We touched on why demand for great contractors outstrips the supply. We saw why TEST-FIRST recruitment is an abject […]

Comprehending Ulterior Motives and Forces around Software Technology Standards

02 July 2016 Comments off

15 minutes

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An Introduction to Software Standards What are technology standards? Essentially, a technology standard is a common agreement on the application programming interface (API) and / or communication protocol in a vertical sector. Standards can be big or small. They have a profound affect on the choices of the software developer community. When technical leaders have […]

Follow up to the “Java EE in Crisis” article

10 June 2016 Comments off

2 minutes

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Recently, I posted an blog article about the current crisis around Java EE. You might also be interested in an interview that I had with JAXenter (Java EE Guardians speak bluntly: “Java EE cannot be run exclusively by the community”). Adam Bien, a fellow Java Champion, also had his say on the current status of […]

Whether using Spring Framework or not , why we are going to lose?

30 November 2015 Comments off

6 minutes

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A couple of fays again, on the Twitter sphere, I saw blog post by Sam Atkinson called Why I hate Spring. This blog entry was written well over a year ago in 2014, but then DZone actually picked up on it and published it. Atkinson is developer actually at the time of writing is travelling […]

JavaOne 2015 continues and Java will live forever (… well maybe a LONG-TAIL)

28 October 2015 Comments off

5 minutes

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Okay. Maybe I am being over dramatic in the title. I do believe that Java, the ecosystem, the community, the virtual machine and the mother programming language will be around for a long time to come. What can deflect from it? Postulating in my hotel room with a lot time, in between adding finesse to […]

The Future – No more writing books for me anymore – Not fun

26 October 2015 Comments off

2 minutes

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In the future, you make your own or else somebody makes it for you. That’s my philosophy for things in life that you have control of. On the other hand, there are a lot of things that not in your control. It was General Eisenhower who said something about plans are useless, but planning is […]

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