A layman’s introduction to socio-technical systems

Nowadays, there is an increasing interest and mentioning of socio-technical engineering, socio-technical systems. And although the words do not strike as odd on its own I personally have struggled quite a bit with the different meanings of the terms and understanding the field of socio-technical systems. So in this article, I will provide a layman’s introduction to socio-technical systems. Knowledge about socio-technical engineering can help you to understand what constraints might prevent or help you to succeed in your current project.

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Conversing about Technical Debt

Technical Debt will occur in any given software development project and it’s not a bad thing per se. Not all Technical Debt is caused by a deliberate decision, it can happen because we learn how the project evolves. Martin Fowler offers valuable perspectives on different distinctions of Technical Debt.

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Regain focus on strategic software delivery

When leading an IT department you are faced with numerous challenges across the board. Whilst attracting and retaining IT talent is one of the biggest challenge, it is often paired with the challenge of understanding and displaying the value of the IT department towards the organisation. So, let’s look at some ideas to regain a focus on strategic software delivery. By dedicating attention on reflection and finding areas of improvement, we can provide better conditions to succeed and contribute to the goals of the business.

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The importance of including a social perspective in technology

Prior to starting my new job as a Tech Lead at Worth, I had a couple of weeks of free time. During that time, it was a perfect moment to reflect on a couple of things. One of these things being the various projects that I have worked on. While reflecting on these projects, I became curious about what I liked about the ones that were a success, and what I disliked about the ones that turned out to be a failure. Of course, there’s often not a single reason why a project is either a success or a failure....

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Offering a place to developers new to the field

Many tech organisations are currently searching for new developers. Diving into the requirements for applicants in any given vacancy, it often requires the candidate to have an extensive experience in a language or work experience.  But, what if you don’t have any or little experience. What if you are new to the field, just out of college or a coding bootcamp. In the last six months I got the possibility to develop a starters program for my employer Coolblue. A program that aims to provide a place for developers that just finished a computer science related education or followed a...

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