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A question of demographics and then some

Update: Kevin Trethewey has extended this conversation on his blog. I commented on a photograph that Kevin Trethewey shared of the code retreat that was hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa recently....

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We are better than this

The people whose contributions to a public Twitter conversation that I mentioned in my last blog post were offended by my opinion on themes that we touched upon.  I’ve apologised over Twitter that my...

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Extreme Programming is as relevant now as before

Last year I met a few people that had never experienced a waterfall project.  Their first software project was with Scrum.   What stood out for me was that these developers had not read Kent Beck’s...

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Many teams co-operate, not collaborate

At Agile Africa 2013, I presented a session about lessons learned living through apartheid to democracy and how this manifest itself in teams in which I found myself during those times.  Each period...

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James the Shoe Shiner

A few weeks back I was humbled by about 100 graduates.  They attended an event called Level Up hosted by ThoughtWorks in Johannesburg.  I was speaking last and everything that I wanted to say was said...

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Freedom day and those crazy bald heads

Image taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Zuma Today is April 27, 2014.  It is 20 years and a few days since I voted for the ANC as a free and equal citizen of South Africa.  I never thought...

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Event: Inclusivity and Innovation in S.African Software

I am facilitating a panel discussion as one of Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 events, in collaboration with the IEEE.  Attendance is free. This is the brief that I have given to the panelists....

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A Book is Born

Over the last year I have been spending some of my time writing a book on functional programming.  Finally, it is available on Manning’s early access program.  The first three chapters have been...

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Update on Grokking Functional Programming

Writing this book has been quite a journey.  Being a personal experiment in user experience design in a non-interactive medium has proven to be quite a challenge.  The constraints are significant from...

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Making a mess less

All my models start messy.  Yet, I find that my messy models are actually quite useful.  It forces me to acknowledge my ignorance.  The longer I feign ignorance, the longer it takes for the mess to...

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