Theory of Constraints in Practice

Software development organizations working in silos are often facing the situation of bottlenecks appearing on the delivery chain. The typical management reaction is to optimize locally, thus putting more pressure on the bottleneck while failing to improve the whole chain. Theory of Constraints is a way for managers to remove bottlenecks while improving the whole …

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Are Feature Branches Evil? Think Incrementally Instead

Are feature branches evil? Is trunk based development the solution to your problems? Or is there something more to it? (Spoiler warning: we believe that incremental thinking is the solution to the root problem) Alex shares his thoughts on Thierry de Pauw’s article and talk “Feature Branches Considered Evil”. Check out Thierry’s article here: https://thinkinglabs.io/articles/2021/07/14/on-the-evilness-of-feature-branching-a-tale-of-two-teams.html …

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Architecture Trends from InfoQ Report

In April 2021, InfoQ has published a report on trends in architecture and design: https://www.infoq.com/articles/architecture-trends-2021/. In this video, Alex reacts to it, offering advice to software architects and programmers interested in architecture. Spoilers: it’s best to learn about the fundamental principles of software design and architecture. If you want to learn more about architecture, check …

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DDD Applied with Mathias Verraes

What is Domain Driven Design really about? How do we apply its techniques? And how can developers start with it? We discuss this and more with Mathias Verraes. Mathias is a student of systems, founder of DDD Europe conference, founder of Aardling, a boutique consultancy that advises organisations on designing software for complex environments. He …

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JIRA vs. Agility

Does JIRA help agility? Does it hinder it? Why do some people love it and others hate it? We decided to tackle the elephant in many agile rooms, and react to a few articles about JIRA vs. agility. Here are the links: https://www.andykelk.net/agile/why-all-the-jira-hate-ill-tell-you-why https://deviniti.com/blog/enterprise-software/why-hate-jira/ https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/09/jira-is-an-antipattern/ https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/11/death-to-jira/ Adi Bolboaca is a VP, trainer and coach at …

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Debunking Myths About Programming – Episode 1

We debunk a few myths about programming submitted from twitter: Pair programming is pay two people for doing one person job Business people can’t understand technical stuff. Developers can’t understand business stuff Writing software is a mere technical job You have to do … (agile, scrum, kanban, whateva) A high skilled software developer is always …

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DDD vs. the Real World

We analyze and react to the insightful article by Rebecca Wirfs-Brock and Mathias Verraes called “Design and Reality”, that describes how ubiquitous language is different from domain language, and how additional domain elements can be found and influence the problem domain. The article is here: http://www.wirfs-brock.com/blog/2021/09/13/design-and-reality/

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