5 years, 2 months ago

Holiday: time to do some in-depth reading

I’m just back from a great, relax holiday. Apart from having good quality time with my family, holiday is also a great time to immerse myself in some books. Instead of the quick information gathering I normally do by scanning my twitter timeline, quick-reading blog posts, and some more in-depth articles from time to time, I really focused on a single book for a couple of hours. Reading books really.

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5 years, 3 months ago

10 reasons why you should organize a FedEx day

As I briefly described in my tale of a 7 year journey in developing software for the enterprise, at Mendix every month we give employees the chance to work on anything they like and deliver it in 24 hours. We call these 24 hour hackathons “FedEx days”: build it and ship it in one day. We normally start on Thursdays at 4pm with a kickoff during which people will team up. Dinner.

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5 years, 10 months ago

A tale of a 7 year journey in developing software for the enterprise

Much is written about lean startups, agile software development, continuous integration or even continuous deployment. All with the goal to help us understand the dynamics of successful software companies and their development teams. I am inspired by these stories, they show me what the ideal situation is like, they challenge me to improve our current way of working. Today I want to give something back. I want to share with.

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6 years, 7 months ago

18 lessons learned during the 6 year roller-coaster ride called Mendix

Last week I gave a talk about the lessons learned during the exponential growth of our company the last six years. I was invited to to talk at the Appsterdam meetup in Delft about “growing pains”. In other words: what lessons did we learn when our company grew from 3 to 100 employees. I enjoyed the preparations as much as the actual talk, as it forced me to step back.

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