ArchiveAugust 2010

Books I Read


I love books. They allow us to explore areas that we would never have thought of, expose us to ideas that we could never have had, marvel us with their stories, their style and their lessons. I love a good story and I believe story telling is part of our lives more than we realize. I love when writers use words in unexpected or harmonic ways. I love to get their message about the human spirit...



I spent my last few months living at my in-laws farmhouse, somewhere in the country side Romania. The farm is a typical Romanian one; upon the first sight it looks as if time has stopped 100 years ago and people went on living in the same way they did for hundreds of years before that. The only modern artefacts you can find there are electricity, cars, old TVs and the Internet connection that...

Questions About Agile That We’d Like to Answer


V1, Because We Embrace Change

by Alexandru Bolboac─â and Maria Diaconu

Does Agile Work?

Short Answer:

The optimistic version: Yes. No.

The pessimistic version: No. Yes.

Philosophical Answer:

If you become a Buddhist, will it end your suffering?

If you learn martial arts, will you be able to always defend yourself?

If you learn the rules of chess, will you become a grand master?

Software Craftsmanship


I first learned about software craftsmanship from Corey Haines, when he talked about it at OpenAgile Romania 2009. I’ve noticed many times that entering a movement depends a lot on who explains it to you, and Corey was the perfect person to do that. For those of you who don’t know him from his travels, speeches, classes and tours, he’s an easy going, soft speaking guy...

Human Computer Interfaces


There are two ways to have a conversation with your computer: by discussing directly with the application or computer (Command Line Interface or CLI) or by discussing with a metaphor of the computer (Graphical User Interface or GUI). Both have advantages and disadvantages. CLIs are very powerful and provide a real environment for discussion: the user writes their command or question and the... Reflections on design, craft and software

A new home for merging ideas about design

It is my strong belief that software design can learn a lot from other design disciplines. I wrote blog posts, a book and did talks on this topic, and it was time to group them all together. These ideas have now a new home: My plan is to add more blog posts there, and to involve other people doing work in this area.