Hi, I’m Ralf and I help quality conscious software teams to deliver more reliably, make better predictions, and to progress at a more sustainable pace.

Ralf Westphal

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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Ralf Westphal

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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Ralf Westphal

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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Ralf Westphal

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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