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🐙 You think deploying software is painful and expensive? Try not deploying it! To tie it back to theory quickly: those who have come in contact with Lean manufacturing will recognise “inventory” as one of the nine wastes Lean defines (the -> I in TIMWOODS :-) ) But how can a feature, how can software code be a waste? I mean, it doesn’t take up space (not meaningfully, anyway, in the age of terabyte-sized hard drives). Read More →

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💭 I have a favourite trick question in my trainings: “what do you call people whose job it is to conduct experiments all day?” The obvious answer might be “scientists”, but I’m going for… did you guess it … children. You know, what we call playing is nothing but a continuous stream of experiments they conduct. They build a model of the world as they understand it, and then they run that model and observe. Read More →

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Because I think you do. You see, Mac Andreessen’s famous quote about how “software is eating the world” is surprisingly close to the mark. A lot of my customers are typical manufacturing companies, often building some kind of machine. Typical German Mittelstand. They consider themselves mechanical engineering companies, manufacturing companies, and two or three decades ago they may have been right. But increasingly, they aren’t right anymore. Increasingly, their products (while physical), are software-defined! Read More →

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