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

Leading in the Digital Age

During the week before Easter, I decided to take some time off work and escape into the Swedish wilderness (Hallandåsen in northern Skåne, for those who care about the local geography). Although I regularly read books of various kinds, this week I read several books about self-managed or empowered organizations (including the books at the … 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

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.

Digitalization: 5 Insights

This week was all about digitalization for me. I spent most days this week at three companies in different parts of Europe and spoke at the excellent Digitalization seminar at Chalmers (see here for my slides). Two of the companies that I worked with this week are traditional “metal bending” companies that are in the … Read more

Digital You – Episode 2: Interview with Ulla-Britt Fräjdin-Hellqvist

In this episode, I meet with Ulla-Britt Fräjdin-Hellquist, a woman with a diverse background, including Volvo Cars, the confederation of Swedish industry, SSF and Mistra. These days she mostly works a board member and advisor for companies. This gives her a unique perspective on digitalization and we had a great discussion covering topics ranging from digital twins to governmental implications of digitalization.

Six Practices Transforming Systems Engineering

Many of the companies that I work with are embedded systems companies, meaning that the products, systems and solutions sold by these companies consist of mechanical, electronic and software parts. Traditionally, software was only a small part of these systems, which resulted in the system engineering process to be driven by the mechanical and to … 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