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.

Working with a Publisher


How time passes! It seems only yesterday I was publishing my first book, after starting it in a completely unplanned manner. Yet that was 2016, and we’re in 2019 now. 3 years later, I published my third book, “Hands-on Functional Programming with C++”, and my first book written with a publisher. Once again, I feel compelled to write about the process, for one simple reason: I...

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... 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.