Category Archives: Agile & Architecture

Agile Development & Software Architecture

Does Your Broadband Beat a Carrier Pigeon?

There’s a famous quote "never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes bowling down a highway". Musing on this I decided to try and estimate the bandwidth of a carrier pigeon, given modern storage technology. According to … Continue reading

Friday, May 6, 2016 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World

Platform Flexibility – It’s Alive!

The last post, written largely back in November and published just before Christmas suggested that camera manufacturers should focus on opening up their products as development platforms, much as has happened with mobile phones. While I can’t yet report on … Continue reading

Monday, January 4, 2016 in Agile & Architecture, Android, Code & Development, Photography, Thoughts on the World

Do We Want Product Development, or Platform Flexibility?

There’s been a bit of noise recently in the photography blogosphere relating to how easy it is to make changes to camera software, and why, as a result, it feels like camera manufacturers are flat out not interested in the … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Photography, Thoughts on the World

SharePoint: Simply C%@p, or Really Complicated C%@p?

There’s a common requirement for professional users of online document management systems. Sometimes you want to have access to a subset of files offline, with the ability to upload changes when you have finished work and are connected again. Genuine … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

The Software Utility Cycle

There’s a well-known model called the “Hype Cycle”, which plots how technology evolves to the point of general adoption and usefulness. While there are a lot of detail variants, they all boil down to something like the following (courtesy Wikipedia … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World

Can No-One Write A Good Book About Oracle SOA?

I’m frustrated. I’ve just read a couple of good, if somewhat repetitive, design pattern books: one on SOA design with a resolutely platform-neutral stance, and another on architecting for the cloud, with a Microsoft Azure bent but which struck an … Continue reading

Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Reviews, Thoughts on the World

Cloud Design Patterns

This is a very useful introduction to key cloud concepts and how common challenges can be met. It’s also a good overview of how Microsoft technologies may fit into these solutions, but avoids becoming so Microsoft-centric that it becomes useless … Continue reading

Things Which Really Bug Me About the Kindle

I  read a lot using the Kindle applications for Android and PC. While there’s a lot which is good about that process there are a number of things which really bug me. Some of these look incredibly simple to resolve, … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World

Service Design Patterns

One of the most influential architecture books of the early 00s was Enterprise Integration Patterns by Gregor Hohpe and Bobby Woolf. That book not only provided far and away the best set of patterns and supporting explanations for designers of … Continue reading

Friday, June 5, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Reviews

Next Generation SOA

This book sets out to provide a concise overview of the current state of, and best practices for, Service Oriented Architecture. While it may achieve that for some managerial readers, it is simultaneously too general for those with more background, … Continue reading

Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Reviews

Efficient Fuzzy Matching at Word Level

I’ve just solved a tricky problem with what I think is quite an elegant solution, and thought it would be interesting to share it. I’m building a system in which I have to process fault data. Sometimes this comes with … Continue reading

Friday, January 16, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development

Caught by The Law!

Don’t get too excited. Those of you hoping to see me carted off in manacles and an orange jumpsuit will be sadly disappointed… No, the law to which I refer is Moore’s Law, which states effectively, if you need reminding, … Continue reading

Friday, July 18, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

Webkit, KitKat and Deadlocks!

I don’t know what provision Dante Alighieri made, but I’m hoping there’s a special corner of Hell reserved for paedophiles, mass murderers and so-called engineers from big software companies who think there might ever be a justification for breaking backwards … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Android, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

My First Android App: Stash-It!

After a couple of months of busy early morning and late night programming, my first Android app has finally been released. Please meet Stash-It! Stash-It! responds to an odd side-effect of the difference between the iOS and Android security models. … Continue reading

Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Android, Apps, Code & Development, My Publications, Thoughts on the World

What Do I Mean by "Agile Architecture"?

A little while back I was approached by EITA Global, a global provider of on-line training, and we have now agreed that I should present for them a webinar entitled "Agile Architects, and Agile Architecture". The current plan is for … Continue reading

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World

Break Compatibility, Lose Loyalty

For almost 20 years I have been a fan of, and borderline apologist for, Microsoft. One of the main reasons was their focus on software usability, backed up by a visible intention to preserve backwards compatibility wherever possible. While each … Continue reading

Monday, May 7, 2012 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World, VMWare

Tyranny of the Colour Blind

Musings on why Microsoft are abandoning colour as a dimension for information visualisation Continue reading

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World

Ten Ways to Make Your iPad Work Effectively With Windows

If you’re one of those people who uses loads of Apple products, and is thinking of proposing Steve Jobs for canonisation, then you may be happy with how your iPad works, but if you’re trying to make it work effectively … Continue reading

Saturday, December 3, 2011 in Agile & Architecture, iPad, Photography, Thoughts on the World

Enterprise Architecture Conference 2011 Day 3

Well the third day of EAC 2011 came and went. My talk went well. Despite the last minute scheduling change I got a decent audience, and once in front of real listeners managed to find my style and pace again. … Continue reading

Friday, June 10, 2011 in Agile & Architecture, iPad, Thoughts on the World

No Plan B

Thoughts on the inadequacy of contingency planning on the British transport networks Continue reading

Enterprise Architecture Conference

Halfway through, and this is shaping up to be the best EAC I have attended for a while. I was umming and aahing about whether to attend yesterday’s seminar sessions, and couldn’t make up my mind which to join. In … Continue reading

Thursday, June 9, 2011 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World

Practical Enterprise Integration

I’m speaking at the IRM Enterprise Architecture Conference 2011, in London next week. My topic is “Practical Enterprise Integration: Realising the Benefits of a Strong Canonical Architecture”. In the paper I discuss the evolution of an EAI environment at National … Continue reading

Thursday, June 2, 2011 in Agile & Architecture, My Publications

The Wrong Orientation?

In an odd confluence, multiple streams of activity have come together to convince me that current IS thinking may be suffering from a bad dose of “the wrong orientation”. My work on data modelling at National Grid, an excellent course … Continue reading

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World

A$$hole Driven Development and Other Anti-Patterns

Musings on antipatterns in development, project management and IT governance Continue reading

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 in Agile & Architecture, Humour, Thoughts on the World

Red Roof Reflections

As my “photographic eye” develops, I find I’m noticing much more readily the colour of light, and how it can be modified by things both inside and outside the scene. This shot of St. Nicholas Abbey on Barbados is an … Continue reading

Saturday, February 19, 2011 in Agile & Architecture, Barbados, Photography

Beauty is Only Skin Deep

I’m currently reading a book called “Beautiful Architecture“. This has at its core the concept that some software structures are inherently elegant, things of beauty as well as great function, like many of our greatest buildings. The trouble is that … Continue reading

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 in Agile & Architecture, iPad, Reviews, Thoughts on the World

Some Good News

I’ve just had a bit of excellent news – my submission for the 2011 Enterprise Architecture Conference in London has been accepted. The provisional title is “Practical Enterprise Integration – Realising the Benefits of a Strong Canonical Architecture” and I’m … Continue reading

The Half Arsed Agile Manifesto

If you’re wondering why agile methods don’t work in your organisation, look no further than this. Very funny, but scarily accurate. In the words of the Tao of Lao-Tsu, “If you want to control something, you must first let it … Continue reading

Saturday, September 18, 2010 in Agile & Architecture, Humour

21st Century Schizoid Man

Ruminations on leadership, and how leadership responsibilities change with your perspective Continue reading

Sunday, August 29, 2010 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World

A Parable

Lessons for anyone contemplating a disruptive, rewrite from scratch, change to a software product Continue reading

Sunday, January 17, 2010 in Agile & Architecture, Photography, Thoughts on the World