How to Define the Scope of Feature Teams

One of the discussions that comes up in many of the companies that I work with is the scope of feature teams. Although most  companies are still struggling with moving from component teams to feature teams, the increasing prevalence of continuous integration infrastructures makes it easier to move to shared code ownership and teams that … Read more

The End Of Product Teams

In the age of continuous deployment, B2B and B2C customers expect that the software in their product or system is updated frequently throughout its economic life. As a minimum, security updates need to be deployed, but also bug fixes and improvements or even entirely new functionality is expected to be added to products and systems … Read more

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

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

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 more

Five Reasons Why Speed Matters …

The term “agile” has received vast amounts of attention and adoption in the software industry and the term is now used in business contexts as well. Everyone understands the notion of sprints, but I notice that many do not really think about or understand why speed is so important. Although there are many reasons why … Read more