AuthorAlexandru Bolboaca

I'm 41 years old. I read my first book on computers when I was 10 and my first job as a programmer was in 2000. I went through various jobs of the trade: technical lead, team leader, project manager, software architect, trainer, coach, product owner, CTO. I'm interested in producing useful and well-designed software products and in growing the teams that make them possible.

When to Practice Your Craft?


UPDATE 12 November 2018: Emily has reached out to me after reading this blog post, and she has pointed out that I misrepresented her position in this blog post. Specifically, that I made her arguments sound weak. After reading her feedback, I realized my mistake. I apologize for any ill effects it might have caused. I have also updated the blog post to better reflect her position. If you have...

I have a problem


I have a problem: I like to learn a lot from a lot of different domains. If we’d meet today, I could discuss on a variety of topics such as: science, design, history, geopolitics (including current events), economy, psychology, neuroscience, food, cultures, pop culture, writing, leadership, technology, society, medicine, nutrition, philosophy, parenting (although I stay away from it most...

Software craft is for me…


Through a very fortunate accident, I’ve been involved with the Software Craft movement almost since its beginnings. It’s been almost 10 years of non-stop learning, meeting people who I respect and learn from, and meaningful conversations. Yet I always felt something was missing. Software Craft is a loose, young, complex, and evolving social movement. It represents different things for...

One less excuse


It recently dawned on me how often I say or hear the words “our industry is young”. There’s truth in these words. Architecture, medicine, craftsmanship, engineering – they all started thousands of years ago. They had time to make mistakes, to learn from those mistakes, to come together as a profession and define it, to build tools and practices and to improve upon them, to...

For The Perfect Programmer


There’s nothing to read here for you. Really, nothing at all. You are a perfect programmer. Your code is the best you’ve ever seen. We all bow to your wisdom and awesomeness. There’s nothing more for you to learn. There’s nothing left to practice. There’s nothing left to read, no conference that can teach you things, no community that can advance your skills... 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.