Recent Posts

The subtleties of developer commitment

2 minute read

In a recent post, I concluded that I have a strong tendency towards tactical architecture. From that perspective, I try to avoid big-design-upfront. I have a built-in allergy for rebuilding stuff that is already out there. I would never consider building my own message bus or event sourcing frame...

May 16, 2015

Key Takeaways from Build 2015

4 minute read

The beauty of attending conferences is not just about hearing the latest and greatest (which you can read on the internet anyway), but it's the time away from the daily job that allows you to really immerse yourself in new information. If you can, I recommend attending a conference in another tim...

May 4, 2015

Why Windows 10 is much more than a new operating system

3 minute read

Let's be honest here. Since Microsoft has been shipping technical previews of Windows 10, I've been repaving my laptop a couple of times and then reverted to Windows 8.1. I didn't like the intermediate touch experience and stability was also not its greatest strengths. In fact, I reverted to 8.1 ...

May 1, 2015

How Microsoft blew our minds at Build 2015

3 minute read

Here we are again. After a little detour to QCon San Francisco and New Yorkin 2013 and 2014, we thought it to be about time to rejoin our fellow Microsoft developers here at Microsoft Build 2015 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Since we couldn't get a direct flight from Amsterdam to San Fr...

April 30, 2015

Software versioning without thinking about it

6 minute read

Solving the versioning problemIf you're building libraries, products or any other software system, versioning is usually a pretty big deal. It's the only way to determine what version of that library, product or system you're looking at. Before an organization settles on a versioning strategy, ma...

April 23, 2015

Prioritizing projects and tasks with minimum loss of time and money

2 minute read

Last week, I was so fortunate to attend a marvelous talk by Donald Reinertsen on a amazingly effective approach for prioritizing projects within an agile organization (and which is part of SAFe). Most managers will tend to prioritize their projects based on non-quantifiable attributes such as the...

April 19, 2015

How to do a tech talk without utterly boring the audience

5 minute read

Over the last year or two I attended numerous sprint demos, product demos and technical talks hosted by technical teams and individuals. Although I can definitely improve as a speaker myself, standing at the side-line and observing other speakers have made me pretty opinionated. I also get bored ...

April 6, 2015

Getting your teams to communicate effectively

5 minute read

Lets be honest here. For a very long time, if I had to choose between an averagely skilled but well-spoken developer and a very skilled and experienced introvert, I would probably choose the first. And yes, I do realize that these are two extremes and that most people have characteristics of both...

April 1, 2015

Bringing the power of PowerShell to your build scripts

5 minute read

If you look back at the last couple of years, you’ll notice an increasing attention for best practices that should make us more professional software developers. We design our classes using Test Driven Development, we review our code in pairs, and we apply all kinds of architectural principles su...

March 22, 2015

A scalable software development organization? This is how you do it!

9 minute read

Hey architect! Building a complex system with four talented developers is one thing. Building one with 40 developers is a whole different league. The quote above is closer to the truth than you might expect. Many large organizations develop software systems with hundreds of software developers. ...

March 12, 2015