To be applied in practice, the company values must be embedded in every day behaviour, in enterprise processes, in meeting protocols, at regular reviews… so that any development, body and action shall consider them.
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.
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.
Could companies go to jail? An odd-seeming question, I know, but I’ve been musing somewhat on the deeper implications of that strange legal fiction of ‘corporate person’… What started this off was that I went to the local HMV video-store,…
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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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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