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 moreThe End of Requirements

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 moreEffective R&D in Complex Systems

Orchestrate Your Ecosystem (Or Be Ruled By It)

Every week or so, I end up in a discussion about ecosystems, be it business ecosystems or software ecosystems. Interestingly, almost everyone I talk to takes a “descriptive” approach to their ecosystem of choice. They describe the ecosystem as a fact of life or a force of nature, like gravity, and often I get explained … Read moreOrchestrate Your Ecosystem (Or Be Ruled By It)

On the Role of Software Architecture

This week was all about software architecture as we hosted the international conference on software architecture in Gothenburg (ICSA 2017). At the same time, I hosted a company get-together between, among others, Booking, Spotify and Klarna. During the get-together, the role of architecture also came up a number of times. I realized that the research … Read moreOn the Role of Software Architecture

Digital You – Episode 3: Interview with Ingrid Nordmark

This third episode is, I meet with Ingrid Nordmark, CEO of the Swedish Institute of Computer Science. Earlier she worked as a senior executive at Ericsson and Transmode and she has many years of experience in R&D. Because of her role and experience, she has numerous highly relevant insights to share.

On Organizational Deadlock: Why We Need A New Business Operating System

In almost every meeting that I have these days, the notion of organizational change comes up. Everyone is concerned with changing too slow and the risk of being disrupted by more agile and innovative competitors they haven’t even heard of. My role gives me the opportunity to talk to people at all levels in typical … Read moreOn Organizational Deadlock: Why We Need A New Business Operating System