When I looked up the publishing date for this book, I was surprised to find out that the book is 11 years old. The content feels as if written today. The authors’ advice is as relevant as ever. I am sure that it will stay relevant at least for the next 10 years.Read More »Book Review: “The Art of Readable Code” by Dustin Boswell and Trevor Foucher
“Complexity is anything related to the structure of a software system that makes it hard to understand and modify the system.” John Ousterhout, The Philosophy… Read More »Book Review: “A Philosophy of Software Design” by John Ousterhout
The book Accelerate – Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren et al. is an eye opener and game changer for everyone involved in software development. Nicole provides empirical evidence why teams that apply best practices like test and deployment automation, continuous integration, loosely coupled architectures and team empowerment by far outperform teams that don’t. Following the practices of the Agile Manifesto, eXtreme Programming and Scrum enables teams to deliver software both faster and with higher quality than teams ignoring these practices. Trade-offs between speed and quality are debunked as lame excuses.Read More »Book Review: “Accelerate” by Nicole Forsgren et al.
My favourite business book of 2018 is It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. The reason why people work crazy hours is not that there is
[…] more work to be done all of a sudden. The problem is that there’s hardly any uninterrupted, dedicated time to do it. People are working more but getting less done. It doesn’t add up – until you account for the majority of time being wasted on things that don’t matter.
The authors call out working crazy hours for not being “a badge of honor” but “a mark of stupidity”. Yes, it’s good to hear this from people who know what they are talking about. Jason is the CEO and David the CTO of Basecamp, which they have been running very successfully since 2003. They describe in the book how – at Basecamp – they replaced crazy at work with calm at work.Read More »Book Review: “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson