The business of software, its design and architecture.

La Perdita Di Competitività Del Sistema Italiano

In questi giorni sto riflettendo sul fatto che, nel mio continuo incontrare medie e grandi aziende italiane, molte delle quali sono state finora di grande successo, la maggior parte è collocabile a un livello di “Information Technology” molto preoccupante.

A Simple and Effective Local Git Workflow

Git is a wonderful piece of software, I really love it. It permeates my daily routine so much that I can’t even imagine how I could work without it. On the other hand, Git has been, for many developers, initially a bit hostile, because it opens a huge amount of possibilities and it’s easy to misuse it. So, after a bit of experience, I developed a personal workflow which helps me using the tool more effectively.

Respect for People

Consider the kind of messages that your policies and practices telegraph to the “ordinary” people in your company and to your suppliers.
Do you trust your employees, or do you have locked stock rooms?
Do you say that quality is important but only look at deadlines?
Do you ask people to work in teams but then rank them against each other or base bonuses on individual performance?
Do you talk about trust with suppliers, but insist on fixed price contracts?
If you do these things, you are missing the central point of lean thinking: respect for people.

A Paradigm Shift

After three decades of software development and about twenty years of professional experience across Europe and Middle East, now I’m a partner and consultant at a new venture, the SoftInstigate Team. We decided to start a new software company because we felt the urgency of a new paradigm shift

The Programmer

The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination. Few media of creation are so flexible, so easy to polish and rework, so readily capable of realizing grand conceptual structures.

Yet the program construct, unlike the poet’s words, is real in the sense that it moves and works, producing visible outputs separate from the construct itself. It prints results, draws pictures, produces sounds, moves arms. The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life, showing things that never were nor could be.

Frederick Brooks, The Mythical Man Month.