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You can listen to the weekly episodes where João Rosa (@joaoasrosa) interview one guest. We will discuss the views on one heuristic (or rule of thumbs). It will be a relaxed conversation about the crafts around the software.

You can listen to the weekly episodes where João Rosa (@joaoasrosa) interview one guest. We will discuss the views on one heuristic (or rule of thumbs). It will be a relaxed conversation about the crafts around the software.

Location:

Netherlands

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You can listen to the weekly episodes where João Rosa (@joaoasrosa) interview one guest. We will discuss the views on one heuristic (or rule of thumbs). It will be a relaxed conversation about the crafts around the software.

Language:

English


Episodes

Interview with Heidi Helfand

5/4/2022
In this episode, we interview Heidi Helfand. She is challenged with the “Think aptitude and attitude” pattern from the Wardley Maps Doctrine repository (https://wardleypedia.org/mediawiki/index.php/Doctrine_Patterns#Think_aptitude_and_attitude). During the episode, Heidi shares her experiences in a learning environment and how it can be set up to allow emergence (doing it together). We also discuss how to harvest the potential by engaging people in problem-solving while allowing for...

Duration:00:42:44

Interview with Jessica Kerr

4/13/2022
We host Jessica Kerr for this episode. She is challenged with the heuristic “Commit to the direction, be adaptive along the path” from the Simon Wardley Doctrine repository (https://wardleypedia.org/mediawiki/index.php/Doctrine_Patterns#Commit_to_the_direction.2C_be_adaptive_along_the_path). She explains her own heuristic, “Having a quest” since often we are wrong about the path! The episode is a gold mine on heuristics, and there are a few more. Jessica recommends the following...

Duration:00:41:54

Interview with Abby Bangser

3/30/2022
In this episode, we host Abby Bangser. She is challenged with the heuristic “Timebox the unknown” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/timebox/). She shared a recent real-life example of how timeboxing can narrow the problem space towards a solution which can be helpful from day one. During our conversation, she shared some of her heuristics used daily. Abby recommends: Walking Skeleton:...

Duration:00:39:25

Interview with Matt Lawrence

3/2/2022
Matt Lawrence is our guest, and he is challenged with the biggest heuristic so far: “Users spend most of their time on other sites. This means that users prefer your site to work the same way as all the other sites they already know.”, also known as “Jakob’s Law”. The heuristic is part of the “Jakob Nielsen Usability Heuristics” and can be found here: https://lawsofux.com/jakobs-law/. Matt shares his experiences when it comes to usability, and what challenges you are faced when the system...

Duration:00:37:02

Interview with Mathias Verraes

2/16/2022
Mathias Verraes is the guest of this episode, and for the first time, we have more than one heuristic! Mathias brings three Loss Aversion heuristics from his personal repository. When we make decisions, we often do not explore options that have a risk of loss, even if that loss is balanced out by potential gains. These heuristics help you overcome that bias. We jump right into the rabbit hole, and Mathias brings the intersection of software engineering, psychology, and anthropology to...

Duration:00:48:17

Interview with Emily Bache

2/2/2022
We are back with a new episode featuring Emily Bache. We start with a heuristic close to her work, “Working software is not enough, we need well-crafted software”. Emily shares her view on how code quality is essential, not only for the code maintainability but also to onboard new people on the team, increasing productivity. The interview flows towards team culture and management; she shares her experiences about how friction can arise in a team that produces software with no shared values...

Duration:00:38:29

Interview with Anand Safi

10/13/2021
In this episode, Anand Safi is our guest. Anand is challenged with the “Most Valuable First” pattern from the Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns repository (http://scg.unibe.ch/download/oorp/OORP.pdf). He starts to analyse value based on the different zoom levels: organisation, team and individuals. Anand explains the high degree of variance that the concept of value has. We end up discussing feedback cycles, psychology safety and OKR’s frameworks, and how all of it is connected. Anand...

Duration:00:39:00

Interview with Jason Rosoff

9/29/2021
Jason Rosoff is the guest of this episode. We start the interview with the pattern “Personalized relationships for co-creation” from the Cloud Native Transformations repository (https://www.cnpatterns.org/organization-culture/personalized-relationships-for-co-creation). Jason explains the difference between a complex and complicated problem and how psychological safety plays an essential role in innovation. He shares some examples of how some companies constraint the physical environment of...

Duration:00:37:17

Interview with Liz Keogh

9/15/2021
Today, our guest is Liz Keogh. She is challenged with the heuristic “Ongoing Education‘ from the Cloud Native Patterns repository (https://www.cnpatterns.org/organization-culture/ongoing-education). We discuss the learning at the individual, team and organisation levels. As the interview unfolds, Liz links Cynefin domains to the different learning styles, as well as BDD. In her words, BDD is all itself about learning! Liz recommends: Wardley Maps...

Duration:00:35:34

Interview with Andrea Goulet

9/1/2021
In this episode, we host Andrea Goulet, and she brings her own heuristic: “Empathy system architecture”. She has been doing research about empathy within the software industry, and the results are amazing. We discuss the implications of empathy both at the individual level, as well as, group level. Last but not the least, we discuss one of her passions, legacy systems and the hidden communication artifacts with it! Andrea recommends: Practical Empathy, For Collaboration and Creativity in...

Duration:00:37:08

Interview with Dragan Stepanović

8/18/2021
Dragan Stepanović is our guest, and he brings his heuristic: “Continuous code reviews enable higher team's throughput”. We dive into Dragan’s research on how async code reviews affect the quality and throughput of teams that create and maintain software. He also shares how his research challenged some of his assumptions, and we finalise discussing his experiences bringing his research to management. Dragan recommends the following resources: The Principles of Product Development Flow from...

Duration:00:37:08

Interview with Johanna Rothman

8/4/2021
Today we host Johanna Rothman, and she is challenged with the heuristic “Get the team in a rhythm” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/team-rhythm/). She starts explaining how the team rhythm and feedback cycles are connected and can strengthen each other. We discuss the role of a manager, and also how the managers should operate as a team, rather than be an extension of a team. Last but not the least, she shares her experiences with agile leadership, where it...

Duration:00:42:49

Interview with Monarch Wadia

7/21/2021
Monarch Wadia is our guest, and he is challenged with the heuristic “Master your tools” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/master-your-tools/). Monarch gives a different perspective to master the tools, which stems from his experience as a Bootcamp organiser. We discuss the differences between colleague and Bootcamp education and how the education paradigm shifts, at least with our industry. It was the start to go down the rabbit hole on how technology...

Duration:00:40:29

Interview with Julie Lerman

7/7/2021
In this episode, Julie Lerman is our guest, and she is challenged with the pattern “Conserve familiarity” from the Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns repository (http://scg.unibe.ch/download/oorp/OORP.pdf). Throughout her career, Julie uses this pattern to be an enabler for conversations with people who use the systems. The talks are crucial to understanding the needs of people and how they use software that might be considered legacy but has a purpose. She shares her field stories,...

Duration:00:36:34

Interview with Jeppe Cramon

6/23/2021
Jeppe Cramon is the guest for this episode. He is challenged with the pattern “Make a Bridge to the New Town” from the Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns repository (http://scg.unibe.ch/download/oorp/OORP.pdf). Jeppe shares his experiences using this pattern, and we discuss the different technical implementations that can be used to migrate between systems. We dive into how we build systems and the different perspectives of people who create software and subject matter experts. Yes, we...

Duration:00:39:22

Interview with Aviv Ben-Yosef

6/9/2021
Aviv Ben-Yosef is our guest for this episode. We will start with the heuristic “Dynamic Strategy”, from the Cloud Native Patterns (https://www.cnpatterns.org/strategy-risk-reduction/dynamic-strategy). Aviv explains different approaches from executives, namely CTO’s and VP of Engineering, linking to the impact they have on their organisations. From strategy to technology to people management, we discuss different patterns and how different organisations evolved. Aviv recommends: The Tech...

Duration:00:32:45

Interview with Lea Kovac Beckman

5/26/2021
If you are curious about the guest, we are hosting Lea Kovac Beckman. She is challenged with the heuristic “Be curious” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/curiosity/). She describes how cycles of curiosity and boredom can foster innovation, what is the impact as persons, but also in this digital era, and how it impacts teams and organisations. She shares how she uses innovation in her work and how curiosity and collaboration can be partners in finding a...

Duration:00:35:51

Interview with Einar Høst

5/12/2021
Einar Høst is the guest of this week. He is challenged with the heuristic “It’s easier to keep a system working than to fix it after you break it” from the Embedded Artistry repository (https://embeddedartistry.com/blog/2018/04/26/embedded-rules-of-thumb/). Einar describes how feedback cycles are critical to keeping a system working and how complex systems evolve from simpler systems, connecting both, how our engineering practices can support a reliable software development process. Einar...

Duration:00:36:22

Interview with James Urquhart

4/28/2021
In this episode, we host James Urquhart. James is challenged with the heuristic “Use of standard interfaces and protocols for event-driven integration”, based on his recent work. We discuss the changes in the behaviour of teams creating software when they embrace an event-driven integration, together with leveraging engineering practices like continuous delivery. James also shares his experiences with value streams and the impacts on software architecture. By using event-driven integration...

Duration:00:36:14

Interview with Peter Maddison

4/14/2021
This week, Peter Maddison is our guest, and he is challenged with the heuristic “Measure what matters” from the Cloud Native Patterns repository (https://www.cnpatterns.org/strategy-risk-reduction/measure-what-matters). We discuss how to measure value and what techniques can be helpful to define metrics for teams creating and delivering software. We discuss how to expand towards measuring organisational performance and the impacts of different industry trends on our profession. He suggests...

Duration:00:39:16