Engineering & Product: Join Forces!

Sometimes I meet software engineers who say "Just tell me what to build and let me work out how to build it."

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The Software Engineer as a Novelist

In conversations with non-technical founders and leaders, I often come across the lament that the engineering department is an opaque box - requirements go in, working (sometimes not working) software comes out (but sometimes doesn't).

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UNSW 2022 Co-Op Scholarship Induction Ceremony

I was recently flattered to be invited to speak at the UNSW 2022 Co-Op Scholarship Induction Ceremony as an Alumni. What follows is the text of the written speech - as I don't refer to notes when speaking, what came out was slightly different but this hits the key themes.

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3 Startup Software Superpowers - Part 1 - Introduction

One of the awesome things about working in a startup is that you get to take on an enormously diverse range of tasks. But how do you ensure you're delivering high quality work across all of them?

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What I Think About When I Think About Coupling

The phrase “loosely coupled” is used alongside “microservices“ so often you'd be forgiven for assuming you get loose coupling for free, just by “doing“ microservices. (Spoiler: you don't.) But what actually is coupling? How loose is loose? Should we also be worried about cohesion? And why do we care?

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History of the 4 + 1 Architectural View Model

An exploration of the history and legacy of the 4 + 1 architectural views.

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4 + 1 Architectural View Model: Introduction

Have you ever worked on a microservices system struggling with the complex interactions of services and teams? Are you a startup hoping to build at MVP speed, but scale quickly? The 4 + 1 Views may help!

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Introduction

Hi, welcome to Dev Cycles. This blog is a place for me to share my experiences co-founding and helping grow two technology businesses to scale. I'm a developer at heart so it will mostly be about the tech, but it will also be about the intersection of technology, business, leadership, society and ethics.

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