This week we hosted the 22nd International System and Software Product Line Conference in Gothenburg and I had the honor of being the general chair for the conference. Software product line research is concerned with the challenges associated with building a family of products from a shared platform. These challenges include managing variants, balancing platform … Read moreStop Wasting Resources And Do Platforms Already!
(image credit: pixabay) Engineers form the core of a product company. Although I have the greatest respect for sales people and know how hard a job that can be, it’s the engineers that design and develop the product that, in the end, is needed to have anything to sell. Building a product that sells of … Read moreStop Thinking It’s Not Your Problem
(Image credit: pixabay) This week I spent in the lovely city of Prague, attending the SEAA 2018 conference. The main reason for attending was that I had the opportunity to present a paper that I co-authored with colleagues from Peltarion about the software engineering challenges of deep learning. Peltarion offers an amazing platform for building … Read moreEngineering Deep Learning Systems is Hard!
(Photo by Arif Wahid on Unsplash) This week I spent a lot of time with companies talking about data and using data for a variety of purposes, ranging from improved decision making to machine learning and deep learning systems. All companies I talk to have tons of data in their archives and often generate … Read moreFive Reasons Why You Are Not Data-Driven
Image credit: pixabay With the vacation in the Nordics largely over, I have had the opportunity again to spend time with several companies over the last week. I noticed a pattern that I had seen before but didn’t really reflect upon: whenever a company that I work with is experiencing difficulty in changing to where … Read moreProjects Suck; Do Products Instead!
Photo by Kristopher Roller on Unsplash During a recent conversation with a journalist, the downsides of agile came up in the interview. The questions were centered around stress levels of team members, the frustration with not being able to do a proper design before building features, the perceived reduction in innovation and other factors. During … Read moreDoes Agile Kill Innovation?
Over the last months, one of the books that I’ve been reading is Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari. It’s a really worthwhile read and I can warmly recommend it. One of the key ideas that he brings up in the last part of the book is the evolution of religions that mankind seems to … Read moreTowards Dataism
The last months, I have started to see an increasing number of articles complaining about agile software development. Many of the articles have a similar tenure. On the one hand, they stress that agile is causing teams to be really stressed and constantly focusing on the next feature to deliver. And on the other hand, … Read moreStop Complaining About Agile
(image credit: pixabay) This week was about travel and keynote presentations. Although the traveling can be a bit of a drag, I love meeting people and hear them sell their stories after they have listened to my talk. The interesting thing is to hear that many people talk about the product that they are contributing … Read moreNobody Cares About Your Product
This week, I spent time at companies building fabulously complex systems operating in even more complex ecosystems. It is clear that the business leaders as well as the technologists in these companies are struggling with managing the complexity of the systems that they are selling to customers. Whether it is telecommunications, automotive, healthcare or any … Read moreThe End Of Architecting Systems