Ralf Westphal (117)

I'm working as a trainer and consultant in the software business. My focus is on sustainable software development, high long-term productivity, and making teams fit for a VUCA world. Back in 2009 I co-founded a large German Clean Code initiative https://clean-code-developer.de. Since 1997 I've written extensively about software development in magazines, books and primarily in my blogs. In addition I'm a speaker at developer conferences in Germany, Europe and abroad.

Co-creation at work

Last night I experienced live within 15 minutes an example of co-creation. What an unexpected treat from David who was the presenter at the weekly Business Growth event at Coworking Bansko. David, who talked about visual communication, asked us at the end to apply…

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Hamburg Style TDD - Diamond Kata

In a previous article I tried to explain why I’m not satisfied with the existing schools of TDD: They are not really tapping the developers’ capability to think. At least for my taste. Or to say it more bluntly: They are dumbing down developers.

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Hamburg Style TDD

There are a number of „TDD styles“ (or even „schools of TDD“): And I cannot identify myself with any of them. Not 100% at least. Recently I attended a talk by Marco Emrich who showed the above styles next to each other - and…

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Command Query Notification Separation (CQNS)

CQS (Command Query Separation) is a well known principle for disentangling method responsibilities in OO software. I had known it for quite some time, but only recently actually have taken it to heart. And now I’m really loving it. I cannot imagine doing without…

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Against pseudo-wisdom

Apart from esoteric or „spiritual“ circles it seems a trait of software development to use „pearls of wisdom“ to impart one’s professionalism. „Appeal to authority“ likewise is in broad use. It was this tweet which made that clear to me once more: And I’m…

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