Posts Categorized: Craftsmanship

A retrospective of the ODP Hack Week by NHSIC

The NHS Information Centre (NHSIC) held a Hack week on the 10th -14th October. They invited suppliers with relevant experience within the industry along to highlight various problems that they will face when trying to accomplish their strategic vision for information – the Open Data Platform (ODP). The goal is to build an open, easily… Read more »

Re-drawing my own map: A new milestone

For every step you take towards mastery, your destination moves two steps further away. Embrace mastery as a lifelong endeavour. Learn to love the journey.–George Leonard, MasteryIt is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I wo…

My first code retreat

Yesterday I went to my first code retreat, in Winchester UK. In the past I had been sceptical about code retreats since I had doubts if I would really learn something. However, after speaking to a few developers that had been to one before, I was total…

Bad Code: The Invisible Threat

One of the first things said by the non-believers of the software craftsmanship movement was that good and clean code is not enough to guarantee the success of a project. And yes, they are absolutely right. There are innumerable reasons which would mak…

Software Craftsmanship

So what is software craftsmanship? A better metaphor: In a very simplistic way, we can say that software craftsmanship is a better metaphor for software development than software engineering, as I wrote in a previous post. Software craftsmanship s…

Which type of barista are you?

A colleague from New Zealand once was telling me about a type of coffee that was originated there. It’s called Flat White Coffee. We were discussing about the difference between this coffee and all the other types of coffee with milk. Eventually we sta…