This week I spent time in Denmark at a summit organized by the Manufacturing Academy of Denmark (MADE). During the summit I met several people that expressed pride at the richness of their product portfolio. Some companies have a dozen different products, others may have close a hundred products. All these products are complicated including … Read moreFrom Dozens to Thousands (or Millions) of Products
As the beginning of a new year often is concerned with looking forward, I thought I’d spend this article (and perhaps some more) on discussing some of the trends that I believe are happening. One of these trends, I believe, is self-improving systems. Traditional software intensive systems are typically static after deployment. The performance levels … Read moreTowards Self-Improving Systems
As I am involved in several startups, I often get invited to join their Slack channels. For those of you that don’t know the tool, it basically provides real-time group chat functionality combined with record keeping functionality. Several times I have tried to use the tool, but I never managed to make it stick. Reflecting … Read moreStop The Busyness And Get To Work
As the last post before my Christmas vacation, I thought to reflect with you on 2018. Despite all the apocaholics, the political turmoil in several countries in the Western hemisphere and the stock market tanking like it’s going out of style, I want to remind everyone that we are living in the best time in … Read moreWhy 2018 Was A Great Year
As the year is coming to an end, I’ve been reflecting on my experiences from all the companies that I have worked with during the last 12 months. One reflection that I had was that many companies tend to be stuck in the past and that my role often is to make the people I … Read moreWhy You Are Stuck In The Past
This week we held the reporting workshop for sprint 15 of Software Center. The event was, with 150+ participants, the largest and most successful workshop we have had so far and it was great to have it at the fabulous HQ facilities of AB Volvo. Although we had quite a broad set of topics and … Read moreDevOps is NOT about DevOps
Recently, when interviewing (for our research) someone at a company in the food space, I learned something that I hadn’t realized: these days, cheese is a by-product. For thousands of years, farmers milked cows and then, as a way to preserve the milk, they made cheese out of it. And that cheese, or at least … Read moreYour Product Is No Longer The Product
This week I gave a talk at a meetup on business agility. The, admittedly controversial, title of my talk was “Why Digitalization Will Kill Your Company Too”, a topic that I discussed in a previous blog post. The interesting thing during the meetup was that lots of participants asked me why companies are not changing … Read moreAre You Ready To Burn The Ships?
The last days, I had some time to reflect and one of the things that consistently surfaces is the amount of irritation and frustration that many people experience in their jobs. Now, to be clear, the people that I work with and that I meet are no complainypants at all, but generally serious, hard-working people … Read moreWhy Do You Do What You Do?
Over the last month or so, I have been reading a book titled “Skin in the game” by Taleb. He doesn’t like academics very much and scientists get roasted quite severely in several chapters. Being a professor myself, that stings a little but the problem is that I agree with him. His main point, severely … Read moreDo You Have Skin in the Game?