March 30, 201 – Capgemini KM Webinar. Smart use cases. Achieving reuse in requirements

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[Presentation for Capgemini Knowledge Management Worldwide, via LiveMeeting] A while ago I received a very kind invitation to address the Capgemini Global Knowledge Community on a subject of my choice concerning reuse. It said: “On behalf of FS GBU KM, I would like to invite you to deliver a brief talk on a topic of your choice in Knowledge Management. […]

March 8, 2011–Model driven development using smart use cases and domain driven design

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[Talk at Capgemini Microsoft TechEd, at Papendorp, Utrecht] Again due to illness of one of the speakers, I got to do an additional session at Capgemini Microsoft TechEd, after doing a keynote and a talk the week before. This time I demonstrated our approach to model driven development using smart use cases, domain driven design and Tobago MDA. Here’s the […]

Describing (smart) use cases using Enterprise Architect 8. Part II – Use case scenarios and structured specifications

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Documentation, Enterprise Architect (Sparx), Smart use cases, UML, Use cases

Enterprise Architect by Sparx Systems is a commonly used modeling tool, targeted at modeling UML and BPMN diagrams. One of the most frequently used diagrams is the use case diagram. A use case diagram consists mainly of actors and use cases, either traditional or smart use cases. Use case scenarios There’s different ways of modeling and describing what action a […]

Describing (smart) use cases using Enterprise Architect 8. Part I – Templates and validations

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in C#, Documentation, Domain driven design, Enterprise Architect (Sparx), Smart use cases, UML, Use cases

Enterprise Architect by Sparx Systems is a commonly used modeling tool, targeted at modeling UML and BPMN diagrams. One of the most frequently used diagrams is the use case diagram. A use case diagram consists mainly of actors and use cases, either traditional or smart use cases. A use case template The specification of the individual use cases in the […]

March 16, 2011 – Centric Event. Requirements in agile projects

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Will present keynote and some sessions at Centric internal event on agile software development, targeted at project managers, information and business analysts. This talk specifically targets at the role of information analysis and requirements in agile projects. Topics will include: Does business and information analysis still exist in agile projects? Agile requirements Where does the backlog come from? An agile […]

March 16, 2011 – Centric Event. From lightweight agile to enterprise agile.

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Will present keynote and some sessions at Centric internal event on agile software development, targeted at project managers, information and business analysts. Topics will include: Why doesn’t waterfall work – and did it ever? What makes agile different? The Agile methodology that doesn’t exist. An overview of agile processes that do exist. Agile key characteristics Agile best practices Agile beyond […]

February 10, 2011 – Capgemini Legal, Utrecht. An introduction to agile

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An important and often underestimated aspect in organizing agile projects is the contract between the client and the contractor. Getting the contract right is much harder than it seems. Venue: Presentation and discussion for legal department at Capgemini, Papendorp, Utrecht. Reasons for getting into contract disputes have to with that it is very hard to establish upfront what it is […]

The explicit role of testing and testers in agile projects

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Agile, Dashboard, Smart, Smart use cases, Testing, User stories

Not all agile processes and approaches recognize the role of testing explicitly, other than stressing the importance of unit testing. However in short iterative projects, testing is key from day one. On of the agile approaches that does explicitly describes the role of testing – and of having testers on-board – is the agile process Smart. One of the characteristics […]

A book on pragmatic software architecture, patterns and frameworks?

Posted 9 CommentsPosted in .Net, .NET RIA Services, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, C#, Client /server, Domain driven design, Entity Framework, Extension methods, Frameworks, Hibernate / nHibernate, Model driven development, Modeling, Service oriented architecture, Silverlight, Smart use cases, Smells of bad code, UML

One of the major items on my wish list – that is on the professional half of it – is to write a book that displays my ideas on software architecture, patterns and frameworks. Yes I know, there are many books on software architecture, and there are many books that explain patterns, and yes there also are a lot of […]

Please vote for my Microsoft Mix 2011 proposals!

Posted 1 CommentPosted in .Net, .NET RIA Services, Anti-patterns, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, C#, Frameworks, Hibernate / nHibernate, Smart use case points (SUCP), Smart use cases, Smells of bad code, Software architecture

From April 12-14 the next edition of Microsoft’s MIX Conference will take place in Las Vegas. I’ve sent in two proposals for the Open Call. Today heard that both proposals made it through the first cut, which means they’re open for public voting (you don’t have to be registered). It would be great if you would cast your vote for […]

Simple little things. Issue commands using CommandName and CommandArgument in a GridView control

Posted Posted in .Net, ASP.NET, C#, Simple little things

Handling events in ASP.NET is not always as straightforward as it seems. One particular pattern that often occurs is that there’s several items in a row in a GridView control that trigger commands. Now the GridView supports several standard commands such as Select and Delete, but what if you want to issue your own command? As an example, here’s my […]

Een introductie in agile business intelligence [in Dutch]

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Agile, Business intelligence, Dashboard, iteration, Modeling, Smart, Smart use cases, sprint

Om kosten te besparen, een veelgenoemde aanleiding voor Business Intelligence (BI) projecten, wilde een bekende overheidsinstantie weten hoe effectief de bestrijding van uitkeringsfraude was. Hierbij speelde een interessant fenomeen. Het onderzoeken van mogelijke fraude kost de instantie geld, maar het vinden van fraudeurs levert daarentegen direct geld op. En dus ging men op zoek naar de optimale verhouding tussen het […]

November 30, 2010 – Capgemini. Smart use cases and software estimation

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A kind invitation from Capgemini’s Function Point Analysis (FPA) core team lead me to do a presentation on smart use cases, agile software development, Scrum, Smart, enterprise agile, and software estimation using smart use cases for the core team, at the Capgemini offices in Papendorp, Utrecht. Example smart use case estimation workshop in Mumbai, India It turned out to be […]

November 29, 2010 – Vrije Universiteit. Software architecture, patterns and frameworks.

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On November 29 I will be doing a series of three lectures for the IT audit program at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, introducing the students to the processes, concepts and techniques of software development, as they will most likely be auditing (software development) projects later during their career. During the third and last lecture I will try to explain […]

November 12, 2010 – Microsoft TechEd Europe. How smart use cases can drive web development

Posted Posted in .Net, Anti-patterns, ASP.NET, C#, Design patterns, Domain driven design, Extension methods, Frameworks, Service oriented architecture, Smart use cases, Software architecture, Talks, Testing, Unit testing, User stories

[Session ARC205 at Microsoft TechEd Europe 2010 in Berlin] Use cases have been around for many years describing the requirements of software development projects. From a developer’s point of view, use cases are often seen as too abstract and too complex to develop code from. Until now, that is. During this interactive talk, speaker Sander Hoogendoorn will demonstrate how to […]

November 10, 2010 – Microsoft TechEd Europe. How frameworks can kill your projects

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[Session ARC202 at Microsoft TechEd Europe 2010 in Berlin] When it comes to Microsoft .NET-connected development, more and more frameworks are entering the market, both from Microsoft and from open source. Think of ASP.NET MVC, Castle, Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Entity Framework, Unity, Linq2SQL, ADO.NET Data Services, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), nHibernate, Spring.NET, CSLA, NUnit, Enterprise Library, MEF or ADF. […]

November 9, 2010 – Microsoft TechEd Europe. How frameworks can kill your projects.

Posted 1 CommentPosted in .NET RIA Services, Anti-patterns, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, C#, Design patterns, Domain driven design, Entity Framework, Extension methods, Frameworks, Hibernate / nHibernate, Talks

[Session ARC203 at Microsoft TechEd Europe 2010 in Berlin] When it comes to Microsoft .NET-connected development, more and more frameworks are entering the market, both from Microsoft and from open source. Think of ASP.NET MVC, Castle, Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Entity Framework, Unity, Linq2SQL, ADO.NET Data Services, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), nHibernate, Spring.NET, CSLA, NUnit, Enterprise Library, MEF or ADF. […]

A recipe for enterprise agile. Mixing Scrum and Smart

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Agile, Agile SAP, Dashboard, Documentation, Enterprise architecture, iteration, Project management, SAP, Scrum, Service oriented architecture, Smart, Smart estimation, Smart use case points (SUCP), Smart use cases, Software architecture, Software estimation, sprint, User stories, XP

To cut to the chase, those of you who have worked on enterprise or service oriented projects before already know this. These types of projects are characterized by a large number of organizational, functional and technically complicating factors. Enterprise software development projects are surrounded by a large number of complicating characteristics and challenges: Many different stakeholders. Projects have many different […]

Being Smart in enterprise agile

Posted Posted in Agile, Agile SAP, Enterprise architecture, Frameworks, iteration, Model driven development, Project management, Service oriented architecture, Smart use case points (SUCP), Smart use cases, Software architecture, Software estimation, sprint, Testing, UML, User stories

As agile is becoming more and more mainstream, organization are starting to do enterprise software development project using well-known but fairly basic lightweight agile processes.   In many projects this has lead to surprisingly bad result, baffling the agile Certified Pokémon Trainers who are coaching these projects. The presentation below shows a number of accelerators or technique that projects can […]

De uiterste houdbaarheidsdatum van requirements

Posted Posted in Agile, Anti-patterns, Documentation, iteration, Modeling, Project management, Smart use cases, User stories

Vorige week gaf ik – voor de zoveelste keer – training in het identificeren en modelleren van smart use cases. Dit keer bevond ik me in de hippe ruimtes van Meeting Plaza Utrecht, boven het altijd sfeervolle Hoog Catharijne. Tijdens de goed verzorgde lunch werd het onderwerp al snel bepaald door de uiterste houdbaarheidsdatum. Van levensmiddelen, maar meer nog, van […]

Simple little things. The 42 extension method anti-pattern

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in .Net, Anti-patterns, C#, Extension methods, Frameworks, Simple little things

Extension methods are a powerful feature in .NET, and have been increasingly adopted by the developer community. Also, LINQ and other framework features rely heavily on extension methods. In fact, extension methods were originally invented to be able to implement LINQ without having to change a lot of .NET framework base classes. Basically, an extension method is implemented as a […]

Simple little things. Placing dynamic images in databound controls

Posted Posted in .Net, ASP.NET, C#, Simple little things

Sometimes there’s these really little things that hardly seem worth the effect blogging about. But when you start googling for the apparent solution, there’s a million-and-one blogs, forum questions that at the least are contradicting. In this particular case I wanted to set different images in different rows in a Repeater or GridView depending on some property of the domain […]

PowerPoint Architecture

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Anti-patterns, Enterprise architecture, Project management, Service oriented architecture, Software architecture

It’s a mildly sunny April morning in 2002 when I park my car outside of a huge government agency office in a small suburban city near Utrecht. I am invited for a brainstorm session with the agency’s enterprise architects. Although I do not consider myself an enterprise architect, and explained that upfront, they were eager to discuss their architecture with […]

The big question. Managing IT projects Barack Obama style

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Project management

Despite misunderstanding and resistance of his space-flight loving people president Barack Obama recently aborted the Constellation space program. The Constellation program targets at putting humans on the moon again, for the first time since 1972, with the ultimate goal of possibly planning a manned trip to Mars in 2025. Although I had never heard of the program, after reading the […]

Spring 2010 speaking engagements

Posted Posted in .Net, Agile, Agile SAP, C#, Frameworks, Model driven development, Presentations, Scrum, Smart, Talks, Testing, UML, Waterfall, XP

Again doing a lot of talks this spring on a wide range of subjects, from new technology, via enterprise agile to model driven development, but also about smart use cases, domain driven design, UML, and software architectures, design patterns, frameworks and .NET. This season’s highlights? Not a difficult choice: doing talks both at Microsoft DevDays and TechEd North America is […]

Smart use case stereotypes in service oriented projects

Posted Posted in Documentation, SAP, Service oriented architecture, Smart use cases

Smart use cases are a great technique for specifying standardized requirements in many types of projects. Over the past few years we have smart use cases being modeled and written in projects using Java and .NET, as you might expect, but also in Sharepoint projects, business intelligence, service oriented projects and even SAP implementations. Stereotypes drive standardization Standardization of your […]

Introducing our Agile Dashboard

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Agile, Dashboard, Scrum, Smart, Smart use cases, User stories

The Accelerated Delivery Platform’s (ADP) Agile Dashboard is a pragmatic and publicly available tool (free) for managing project progress online. The Agile Dashboard was originally intended to manage progress for our agile projects, but these day it is used in a much broader perspective. As the ADP Core Team receives a lot of questions about it, it’s time to present […]

My weekly thoughts on Twitter

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New entry " Weekly digest of week 53 2009 / 2010: A happy 2010 for you all! Thi.. http://bit.ly/8TNPq5 " on Capping IT Off. # Pfff. Took me 1/2 day but restored connection to VPN again. Cisco AnyConnect 2.3 does not work on Windows 7. So back to previous utility. # Uninstalled Cisco VPN Client 5.0.3 and installed Cisco VPN […]

Beyond agile testing. Or: how to become a pro-active tester

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Agile, Scrum, Smart, Software estimation, Talks, Testing

Agile – in all it’s variations – becomes an increasingly popular process for realizing software. The roles testers and testing plays in these projects is challenging and new. Testers are no longer considered code-killers, but can play – and are expected to play – a  very pro-active role in agile projects. Although all agile process agree on the importance of […]

My weekly thoughts on Twitter

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Unsubscribed from Dr. Dobbs Journal. There's too much information to read anyway in the field of software development. # New entry " Weekly digest of week 52 2009: In the last digest of 2009: A look a.. http://bit.ly/4rsmWg " on Capping IT Off. # New entry " Avatar, reuse and model driven software development: Last week my.. http://bit.ly/5StRd0 " on […]

Avatar, reuse and model driven software development

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Model driven development, Modeling

Last week my daughter Sam (13), her friend Joey and I went to see the movie Avatar in 3D at the IMAX theatre in Rotterdam. Following up on the hype and reading reviews I just got curious. Especially after reading an interview with director James Cameron, who previously directed Aliens and Titanic. Being more than interested in model driven software […]

My weekly thoughts on Twitter

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RT @smartusecases. Smart Use Cases FAQ http://bit.ly/53pc9c # The 3 stages of owning a computer. http://htxt.it/OGjn # New entry " Questions on smart use cases. Part III – Stereotypes and minimal us.. http://bit.ly/7XwfdJ " on Capping IT Off. # Spent the morning looking at reusables from our distributed agile .NET projects. Discussed framework upgrades and smart use case metrics. # […]

My weekly thoughts on Twitter

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RT @tweetmeme December 1, 2009. Talk “An introduction to agile SAP SOA” http://bit.ly/84xtlk # Writing on our new CSD division strategy document. Why do I always have trouble with these SharePoint Team Rooms we have? Need to check in. # Order new Jack Johnson live album En Concert. #MyMusic. # Of course I meant orderED (past tense) Jack Johnson… # […]

Questions on smart use cases. Part III – Stereotypes and minimal use case specifications

Posted Posted in Smart estimation, Smart use cases, Software estimation

As you might have heard from me before (endlessly), smart use cases are a fairly straightforward reqirements technique that we have introduced in many different types of projects, such as Java, .NET, BI, SOA, SAP projects. At times I receive question on smart use cases in projects, this time from Ron Kersic of Capgemini. See Ron’s original Dutch statement below. […]