My takeaways from spec by example with Gojko Adzic

Last Thursday Valtech invited Gojko Adzic for a one day workshop called “Winning big with specifications by example”. First of all I thourally enjoyed the workshop. I already knew from previous encounters with Gojko at NDC2011 that he was a very engaging speaking and he delivered this time as well. During the 9 months since …

Support and the uncertainty principle

At times a customer will want a very specific rundown at exactly what issues are being worked at under the umbrella (ella, ella) of support. This usually means that you need to spend time not delivering value but rather keep track of what you resolve, which mails you reply to and what the connected issue …

Dec 23 – People

This year would not have been as great as it has been without all the great people I’ve met. I feel truely blessed to have worked with all the insanely great people in the 1177-team at Valtech. Thank you Anna Lantz, Anna Nihlen, Anna Rödin, Cecilia Eskeröd, Cristian Wigren, Florian Maindl, Joachim Widén, Joakim Molin, …

Dec 21 – End to end tests

Before we start I want to point out that this point of view is largely colored by developing EPiServer sites. For those of you who don’t know the product it’s WebForms based system and the code base in many places lacks abstractions. Unit tests are great for driving the code I need to write forward. …

Dec 20 – NHibernate was not a silver bullet

For the longest time NHibernate has been the holy grail of ORMs for me. But the projects I’ve been in have mostly been using Linq2Sql and I’ve had the, admittedly naive, view that NH would solve the all pain points I’ve had with L2S. And while the experience with model first and running tests against …

Dec 19 – Retrospectives

As I mentioned earlier I’ve been doing scrum this year. The retrospective part was mostly about adjusting the way we work either on a small or larger scale and it has always felt valuable. However I’ve had a nagging feeling that there was something missing and on the last retro of the year I understood …

Dec 16 – Public speaking

I absolutely detest public speaking. The act of standing in front of a bunch of people who are all (hopefully) focused in me is slightly terrifying. But I really like the act of sharing knowledge and preparing the presentation. This year I decided that it was time to stop chickening out  and try to put myself …