2 months, 6 days ago

Wanted: Fintech Expert

Financial services firms are on the hunt. They’re hunting unicorns. As firms like Revolut and TransferWise attain valuations of $1 billion or more, the pressure to find the Stripes of this world before their value skyrockets has never been strong…

1 year, 2 months ago

The case for strong leadership in agile teams

The key to scaling a software engineering organization is stable teams. A while ago I wrote about the need to focus on stable, autonomous teams. Teams with members that trust each other and thereby become more than the sum of their parts. That is, in the end, the ultimate dream of a software development manager: to create cross-functional, self-organizing, high-performance teams. Teams self-organize around a compelling mission and have a.

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3 years, 2 months ago

Startup 101 – A great set of resources

On the awesome site Genius.com people have gathered some amazing lectures of starting up a business. The lecturers are some of the most famous and successful people in business today. Lecture 1: How to Start a Startup by Sam Altman Lecture 2: Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part II by Sam Altman Lecture 3: Counterintuitive Parts of Startups, and How to Have Ideasby Paul Graham […]

3 years, 2 months ago

Startup 101 – A great set of resources

On the awesome site Genius.com people have gathered some amazing lectures of starting up a business. The lecturers are some of the most famous and successful people in business today. Lecture 1: How to Start a Startup by Sam Altman Lecture 2: Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part II by Sam Altman Lecture 3: Counterintuitive Parts of Startups, and How to Have Ideasby Paul Graham […]

4 years, 3 months ago

Lessons learned in managing engineering team growth

Over the last couple of years the engineering team at Mendix has grown fast. Over the last 1.5 years the team has almost doubled and we are still looking for bright minds. There is a lot that can and will go wrong if you grow this fast. Here are my four most important lessons learned during the process (disclaimer: a lesson learned doesn’t necessarily mean that I execute it flawlessly.

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4 years, 9 months ago

Some Lessons For Enterprise From Startup Culture

Extracted from Re/Code “Big Tech Is Going Down” with my comments in brackets. “The pace and nature of change in the core underlying technologies, product development, selling models and buying […]

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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