demodriven.com teaser website

How do you find innovation? How do you build it? And how do you bring it to fruition?

I have long been concerned with this topic, and I promote a simple approach called demo-driven innovation. Its main points are:

  • Challenge your own assumptions.
  • Design around a story.
  • Demo to get feedback.
  • Listen to uncover.
  • Enable it all.

The essence comes from the realization that the main enemies of innovation are your own assumptions. Once you accept this, exposing these assumptions becomes a priority, and showing them through demo-able stories is the most important tool you have.

I am continuously surprised at how focusing early on the stories you tell yourself and others, rather than only on the technical details, makes your ideas leaner and suppler. Over the past decade, I had the opportunity to work with dozens of people and I found that it applies to many different situations like ranging from research to engineering, and even to management.

Now, demo-driven has just received a teaser website at http://demodriven.com.

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If you feel teased and want more details, feel free to contact me.

Posted by Tudor Girba at 2 December 2013, 6:30 am comment link

Moose 4.9

Version 4.9 of the Moose Suite is now available: http://moosetechnology.org/download/4.9

Description

This is a minor release still based on Pharo 2.0. The differences from Moose 4.8 are:

  • The Mondrian engine was removed. The transition to Roassal is now complete.
  • Small fixes in Roassal layouts and rendering.
  • Small fix in FAMIX regarding manipulation of accesses.
  • Small visual fix in Glamour for rendering splitters in tables.

A list of issues addressed in this release can be found on the issue tracker

Installation

The Moose Suite 4.9 comes for each platform as a separate bundle:

The Moose Suite 4.9 can also be loaded in a Pharo 2.0 image either from the Configuration Browser, or by executing the following script:

Gofer new
smalltalkhubUser: 'Moose' project: 'Moose';
package: 'ConfigurationOfMoose';
load.
((Smalltalk at: #ConfigurationOfMoose)
project version: '4.9-snapshot') load
Posted by Tudor Girba at 2 November 2013, 2:22 pm 1 comment link

Humane assessment primer course (September 27, Bern)

On September 27 I will give a public Humane assessment primer course in Bern (more specifically at Schutzenmattstr 14).

The one-day course covers the essence of the humane assessment method through real-life war stories:

  • why software assessment is economically important,
  • why adopting it explicitly in-house is the only viable solution,
  • how to integrate it in the development process,
  • how to embed it in the organization, and
  • how to support it via a new breed of tools.

The course is visual and interactive. Here is an excerpt of the visual support:

The course is dedicated to both managers and engineers. Why both? Because the problem is both economical and technical. Managers have to understand the technical challenges that consume the budget silently. And engineers have to understand the economics involved in assessment.

To register, please contact me directly.

Posted by Tudor Girba at 23 September 2013, 7:52 am with tags assessment comment link

Moose 4.8

We are happy to announce version 4.8 of the Moose Suite: http://moosetechnology.org/download/4.8

Description

This was supposed to be a minor release, but in the end it turned out to be a major release with significant improvements.

The key highlights are:

  • Based on Pharo 2.0.
  • All built-in visualizations use Roassal.
  • Roassal received a significant performance boost and new smart graph layouts like TreeMapLayout or ForceBasedLayout.
  • Roassal uses Athens for nice looking vectorial graphics.
  • New charting engine based on Roassal: Graph-ET.
  • Glamour changed to enable dynamic scripts, while still remaining backward compatible.
  • Glamour received a RubricTextPresentation for using the new Rubric text morph.
  • Glamour, Roassal, EyeSee, Graph-ET editors are more robust when dealing with errors in scripts.- New GTDebugger with dedicated workflows for Announcements, PetitParser and Glamour itself.
  • Extended GTInspector for several object types.
  • Usable version of GTMetaceller for handling Metacello configurations.
  • FAMIX was strengthen to handle functions better in various programming languages.
  • New free type fonts and simpler whitespace-loving theme.
  • Lower memory footprint for large models.
  • Faster MSE import.

A list of issues addressed in this release can be found at: http://code.google.com/p/moose-technology/issues/list?can=1&q=status=Fixed%20milestone=4.8

Installation

The Moose Suite 4.8 comes for each platform as a separate bundle:

The Moose Suite 4.8 can also be loaded in a Pharo 2.0 image either from the Configuration Browser, or by executing the following script:

Gofer new
smalltalkhubUser: 'Moose' project: 'Moose';
package: 'ConfigurationOfMoose';
load.
((Smalltalk at: #ConfigurationOfMoose)
project version: '4.8-snapshot') load
Posted by Tudor Girba at 13 September 2013, 7:01 am with tags moose comment link

Change management primer: make it explicit

If you want to change something, give it a name. Make it explicit. Make it a topic of conversation. Be part of the conversation, but let it grow outside of you.

You might be surprised of how much energy you can attract, and how seamless can change happen.

Posted by Tudor Girba at 21 August 2013, 11:37 pm with tags innovation comment link
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