EventStorming as cultural assessment

We are on a quest… By João Rosa & Evelyn van Kelle As consultants, we are not only challenged by the technical challenges our customers face, but also how it affects the organisational structures and the culture. Based on our experiences, EventStorming is a great technique to expose the underlying cultural aspects of an organisation,Continue reading “EventStorming as cultural assessment”

Systems Thinking: define the problem, results and behaviour

Great landing, wrong airport I read this phrase a while ago and it got to me. It fitted the projects I was working on. <Enter attentional bias>.  These organisations I was working with were building great solutions (technically). Unfortunately, not always what their customers were expecting. It confirmed for me that Systems Thinking is really important. Combined withContinue reading “Systems Thinking: define the problem, results and behaviour”

What to do when you’re not seeing the forest for the trees?

Lessons from Lewis Carroll & Disney (and my dad) “When it gets too crowded in your head, write it down.” This is probably my most-used and all time favorite heuristic. I use it all the time. When I feel overwhelmed in a project I’m involved in, when I have to keep the overview of allContinue reading “What to do when you’re not seeing the forest for the trees?”

If something is too complex to understand, it must be wrong

Recently, I was invited for a podcast interview by my brilliant colleague João Rosa. It was my first podcast interview (yes I was excited and nervous), and it has been keeping my mind busy ever since I received that calendar invite. The idea was that we would discuss a heuristic and see where we’d endContinue reading “If something is too complex to understand, it must be wrong”

How my team manages to stay connected in times of isolation

The jokes must go on It sounds like a paradox. Contradictio in terminis, as the linguistic in me likes to put it. Staying connected in times of isolation. Now that most of us are working remotely, teams need to find ways to stay connected.  I’d like to think that times like these also bring opportunitiesContinue reading “How my team manages to stay connected in times of isolation”

Increasing business value by embracing Domain-Driven Design

By Paul de Raaij & Evelyn van Kelle Software development is at the core of most companies. We’re all digital enterprises that need to understand how technology is heavily influencing our core business and can make or break our competitive advantage. Making the right decisions when it comes to investing in technology has become aContinue reading “Increasing business value by embracing Domain-Driven Design”

2 Days in the life of a DDD Foundations trainee

“Once we start judging, we stop learning.” I’ve always been a big supporter of continuous learning, and as a social scientist I know how easily we get trapped in cognitive bias and heuristics. That’s why I’m convinced that it’s crucial to continuously challenge your own perspectives, opinions and judgements.  That is why I decided toContinue reading “2 Days in the life of a DDD Foundations trainee”

Unleashing Social Super Powers – Part 2

Beware of the experts Remember what I said about how recognising social heuristics in different situations can help you make less biased decisions? In my previous post, I talked about the availability heuristic. Or What you see is all there is. In part 2, I’d like to take the risk of not making friends by stating thatContinue reading “Unleashing Social Super Powers – Part 2”

Unleashing Social Super Powers – Part 1

What you see is all there is. Getting out of your comfort zone pays off.Understanding social heuristics in this ‘IT-world’ does too. Last May, at NewCrafts Conference in beautiful Paris, I got out of my stage-comfort zone for the second time. After a great experience at Domain Driven Design Europe in Amsterdam, I went on stage againContinue reading “Unleashing Social Super Powers – Part 1”