Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Two things...

The end of September is approaching fast, so its time for me to announce two things...

First the sad part of the story: I will leave it-agile at the end of this month. The reason behind this is basically that I am sick of traveling. Don't misunderstand me, I always tried to make my traveling as comfortable as possible (and it was quite comfortable). But I wish to spent more time being in my home town, being with the family, with my two wonderful kids.

I founded it-agile about six years ago, together with great colleagues and friends to start something new, something great about agile software development, something with true employee participation, where transparency becomes reality, something open for cooperations and with honesty to all our customers. We wanted to build a company that makes a real difference, that doesn't promise everything just to get the contract, that isn't focussed and dogmatic on some religion, a consulting company that doesn't know it better just because we are consultants.
And today, looking back over the past six years, I am so proud that we got it all to work. All wishes became true - and we built a really great company. I learned a lot over the past years and I have to thank all of my colleagues within it-agile and within the projects I was involved in for this absolutely awesome and unforgettable time.

What comes next? I got the chance to join the people at the SpringSource devision of VMware to become part of the STS (SpringSource Tool Suite) team. These are the guys behind the STS, AJDT and the Eclipse Groovy tooling and I am looking forward to work with this great team on amazing developer tooling - and I think (and hope) that I will have some more time to work on some open-source projects, including Equinox Weaving. And last but not least, I will mostly work in Hamburg, my lovely home town... :-)

See you at WJAX in Munich this year!

Monday, September 27, 2010

SE-Radio Episode with Kent Beck is Online

The latest episode on Software Engineering Radio went online yesterday and covers an interview I did with Kent Beck on the history of JUnit and the future of testing and software engineering. I am pretty excited that we got Kent on the show and have him talk about these topics. He is definitely one of the most influential guys in software engineering these days - father of extreme programming, inventor of unit testing, co-creator of JUnit, co-creator of the agile movement, created test-driven development - to name just a few things he created/invented that changed the daily life of many software developers across the planet. I don't know why it took more than 160 episodes to have him on the show, but I think this was not the last episode on SE-Radio talking with Kent Beck... :-)