Episodes

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Episode 19 with Nick Tune

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020

The ability to improve a design occurs primarily at the interfaces. This is also the prime location for screwing it up In this week’s episode, we have Nick Tune as our guest. He will rumble about the heuristic “The ability to improve a design occurs primarily at the interfaces. This is also the prime location for screwing it up.” from the Embedded Artistry repository (https://embeddedartistry.com/blog/2018/04/26/embedded-rules-of-thumb/). We discuss how software design is affected by the environment, and how can we cope with that pressure.

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Episode 18 with Jessy Halison

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020

Manage for Creativity Jessy Halison is our guest for episode 18. She will share her experiences about the pattern “Manage for Creativity” from Cloud Native Patterns repository (https://www.cnpatterns.org/organization-culture/manage-for-creativity). We will discuss organisational models, and how psychology safety is key for teams and individuals to grow. She also describes how inclusion and diversity are key to a creative environment. Jessy recommends: Non-violent communication: https://www.nonviolentcommunication.com Bunch.ai: https://bunch.ai/ (access to their “Teams@Work” community: https://bunch.

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Episode 17 with Tobias Goeschel

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020

Strangle Monolith Application In this episode, Tobias Goeschel shares his experiences with the pattern “Strangle Monolith Application” from Cloud Native Patterns repository (https://www.cnpatterns.org/development-design/strangle-monolithic-application). From the software crafting practices to his own bias, we chat about how he learns, and how we can advance our profession. Tobias recommends: Domain-Driven Design community Software Crafting community DDD Europe conference - https://dddeurope.com/ KanDDDisnky conference - https://kandddinsky.de/ SoCraTes conferences - https://www.socrates-conference.de/home Mob Programming Collaborative modelling EventStorming - https://www.

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Episode 16 with Lisa Crispin

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020

Delayed Automation In this episode, Lisa Crispin shares her experiences with the pattern “Delayed Automation” from the Cloud Native Patterns repository (https://www.cnpatterns.org/development-design/delayed-automation). We discuss the different trade-offs of applying it, based on different contexts. I also ask a long-time question: What can we learn from donkeys? If you are curious why, donkeys are Lisa’s brand! Lisa recommends: Quality Coaching Roadshow podcast from Anne-Marie Charrett Accelerate book from Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble and Gene Kim Leading Quality book from Ronald Cummings-John and Owais Peer Lisa Crispin (@lisacrispin) is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of three books: Agile Testing Condensed: A Brief Introduction, More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team, Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams; the LiveLessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “The Whole Team Approach to Agile Testing” 3-day training course offered through the Agile Testing Fellowship.

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Episode 15 with Andra Sonea

Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020

Solve the specific problem, not the general case In this week episode, Andra Sonea is telling us when she focuses on the specific problem or distils the general solution. She will share her experiences based on the heuristic “Solve the specific problem, not the general case” from the Embedded Artistry repository (https://embeddedartistry.com/blog/2018/04/26/embedded-rules-of-thumb/). We will discuss how-to share mental models with a team, even during pandemic times. From her experience in finance, we will dive into the patterns in an organisation change, with the different pitfalls.

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Episode 14 with Julius Gamanyi

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020

Past experience is excellent for providing a reality check. Too much reality can doom an otherwise worthwhile design, though In this episode, Julius Gamanyi is the guest. We will discuss the longest heuristic so far: “Past experience is excellent for providing a reality check. Too much reality can doom an otherwise worthwhile design, though” from Embedded Artistry repository (https://embeddedartistry.com/blog/2018/04/26/embedded-rules-of-thumb/). We discuss how we can balance our experiences, from a personal, team and organisational point of view.

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Episode 13 with Paul de Raaij

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020

Strategy is iterative, not linear In this week episode, we have Paul de Raaij as our guest. He distils the heuristic “Strategy is iterative, not linear” from the Simon Wardley Doctrine (http://wardleypedia.org/mediawiki/index.php/Doctrine_Patterns#Strategy_is_iterative.2C_not_linear). From strategy we discuss the role of a manager in tech, and how it is changing towards a facilitator rather than a traditional pusher. Paul also gives his wish for the future of organisations. Paul recommends the following resources:

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Episode 12 with Matthew Skelton

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2020

Eliminate waste Matthew Skelton is the guest of episode 12, and we will discuss the heuristic “Eliminate waste” from Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/eliminate-waste/). From the definition of waste in the IT industry, the roots of the concept in the automotive industry and how we try to manage today, Matthew will give his opinion based on his experience. How to be context-aware, avoid IT as a cost centre, and enabling organisation capabilities towards an adaptive organisation.

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Episode 11 with Ellis de Haan

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020

Listen to your ecosystems Episode #11 is out. The guest this week is Ellis de Haan, and we will discuss the heuristic “Listen to your ecosystems” from Simon Wardley Doctrine (http://wardleypedia.org/mediawiki/index.php/Doctrine_Patterns#Listen_to_your_ecosystems). Ellis will share with us her journey as a manager. How to balance Love, Power and Anxiety in order to create an environment for people and teams to strive. Ellis suggests the following resources: Christo Nel - The Practice and Virtues of High Impact Leadership and Teaming Brené Brown - The Power of Vulnerability Elliott Jacques - Levels Of Work Ellis (@ellis_haan) is a manager, but not the typical one.

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Episode 10 with Jutta Eckstein

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020

Favor continuous improvement over delayed perfection Jutta Eckstein is the guest of episode 10. She will share her thoughts on the heuristic “Favor continuous improvement over delayed perfection” front he Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/improve-continuously/). We will discuss the trade-offs between goals set in stone and agility, and how values can help in that journey. Using reflection as a foundation to improve through experiments, where individuals, teams and organisations can generate new insights.

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Episode 9 with Elisabeth Hocke

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020

No multitasking Lisi is our guest for episode #9. We will analyse the heuristic “No multitasking” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/no-multitasking/). Lisi shares her methods to keep track when switching contexts; on an individual level but also at a team level. Entering into multitasking and team level, she shares her insights about Mob Programming, and how it changes a team. Ranging from the culture to the quality of the software, she leads us in her experiences.

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Episode 8 with Kenny Baas-Schwegler

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2020

Find the root cause On episode #8 we have Kenny Baas-Schwegler. We started the interview with the heuristic “Find the root cause” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/genchi-genbutsu/). Kenny shares with us the importance of balancing two powerful forces, love and power in a working environment. Also, how we can manage uncertainty using Cynefin, Deep Democracy, Domain-Driven Design and Visual Collaboration. Kenny recommends: Virtual Domain-Driven Design (https://virtualddd.com/) Rebecca Wirfs-Brock (@rebeccawb) Ruth Malan (@ruthmalan) Dawn Ahukanna (@dawnahukanna) Diana Montalion (@dianamontalion) Deep Democracy (https://lewisdd.

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Episode 7 with Jim Gough

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2020

Algorithmic optimizations have a greater impact than micro-optimizations The guest of this episode is Jim Gough. He will share his thoughts about the heuristic “Algorithmic optimizations have a greater impact than micro-optimizations” from the Embedded Artistry repository (https://embeddedartistry.com/blog/2018/04/26/embedded-rules-of-thumb/). We will walk the trade-offs of optimizations in the Java world, and when we need to look to the big picture. Also, we discuss how bias, both at individual and group level, gets in our way.

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Episode 6 with Gien Verschatse

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2020

Optimise for future potential Another week pass by. And this episode Gien Verschatse join us to share her ideas about the heuristic “Optimise for future potential” from DDD Heuristics repository (https://www.dddheuristics.com/design-heuristics/optimise-for-future-potential/). She will share her journey, and how she applies decision-making theory and Domain-Driven Design to create better software. Also, she will tell us the preferred visualisation techniques to create a shared mental model within a team. Gien recommends: Her blog - https://www.

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Episode 5 with Joost van Wollingen

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2020

Think of code and test as one In this episode, Joost van Wollingen will share his insights about the heuristic “Think of code and test as one” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/test-code-one/). We shift left and right regarding testing practices, and Joost shares the principles and practices that he learned over the years. Joost recommends: “Modern Testing Principles” from Alan Page (https://www.angryweasel.com/ABTesting/modern-testing-principles/), including the podcast Joost (@jpjwolli) is Head of Test Engineering at iptiQ.

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Episode 4 with Krisztina Hirth

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2020

Share the design For episode number 4 we have Krisztina Hirth. See will share (pun intended) her insights about the heuristic “Share the design” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/shared-design-understanding/). We will discuss why titles don’t matter, what is the role of a leader in a digital world, and last but not the least why the team is the most important unit. Krisztina shared two resources with us: “Accelerate” book from Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble and Gene Kim Martin Fowler blog (https://martinfowler.

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Episode 3 with Patrick Smacchia

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2020

Nobroken windows This week we have Patrick Smacchia, the creator of NDepend. We will discuss software maintainability, and for that, Patrick will share his opinion on the heuristic “No broken windows” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/no-broken-windows/). Patrick’s shares his experiences, from the early stages of his career to today. We share his principles and practices regarding software maintainability and how it is encoded in NDepend. We also have a glimpse over his views on testing!

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Episode 2 with Evelyn van Kelle

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020

If something is too complex to understand, it must be wrong The guest for episode number two of Software Crafts Podcast is Evelyn van Kelle. She shared her opinion on the heuristic “If something is too complex to understand, it must be wrong” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/poutsma-principle/). We navigate the waves of complexity within organisations and software, from the theory to real-life examples. She leaves her advice regarding the social practices within the complex socio-technical systems that we operate.

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Episode 1 with Rebecca Wirfs-Brock

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2020

Improve practices, don’t just follow the recipe For the first episode of Software Crafts Podcast, we have Rebecca Wirfs-Brock! We discuss the heuristic “Improve practices, don’t just follow the recipe” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/context-over-habit/), where we go over the craft of cooking and the parallel to the software industry. She illustrates to us the importance of experimentation and feedback cycles, and when we need to opt-in for longer ones.

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