Speed versus Quality

This week I gave two keynote presentations at two different conferences (ICSOB 2017 in Essen and EASE 2017 in Karlskrona – please don’t ask me how many days on the road I log every year). As part of my keynotes, I bring up our “Stairway to Heaven” model (see figure below) and the adoption of … Read more

The End of Control

This week I spent in Buenos Aires (Argentina) at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2017), which is the premier event in the field. As usual, I enjoyed the pre-events such as workshops, smaller co-located conferences and panels more than the main conference itself. Although many will disagree with me, I feel that the … Read more

Towards Testing After Deployment

During many of my presentations as well as during meetings with companies, the topic of quality comes up. As I stress the importance of speed, continuous integration and continuous deployment, a general unease settles over the group until someone brings up the topic of ensuring quality. Frequently this is followed by a couple of anecdotes … Read more

The End of Requirements

The time has come to eradicate requirements as a mechanism for communicating between different groups inside and between organizations. Although requirements have been used as the key mechanism to describe the functionality desired from the system since the beginning of software engineering as a field, over recent years the limitations have become increasingly clear to … Read more

Effective R&D in Complex Systems

Several of the companies that I work with build very complex systems that are hard to break down into largely independent parts. Instead the components in these architectures are internally complex and have elaborate dependencies between them. Although this is an architectural challenge, it also leads to an organizational challenge. Traditional R&D organizations have a … Read more