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.

Being a keynote speaker

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I wasn’t born a good speaker. I didn’t even start public speaking until very late. And the beginning was rough. My first attempts at public speaking were very scary experiences. I literally couldn’t speak for the first 5 minutes. Luckily, Maria had a trick upon her sleeve:  she would pair speak with me and always go first. This way, my panic vanished and I could start babbling...

Applying the design principle of “white space” to code

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I’m very interested in applying general design principles to software design. I am convinced that software design is just design applied to a specific material: code. Since design as a discipline is thousands of years old (the pyramids were designed) while software as we know it today is only a few decades old, I find it obvious that there’s a lot to learn from it. Part of my...

I am a designer who happens to use code

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There are many ways to look at programming. Some people do it to make a living. Others want to see things working fast and hack it away. Others believe in building a profession from programming and thus seek practices and submit themselves to challenges that expand their views. It’s very easy to pass judgement on some of these attitudes. I will not do that.  People need to live, to support...

alexbolboaca.ro 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: https://codedesigner.eu. My plan is to add more blog posts there, and to involve other people doing work in this area.