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Stratospheric: 1-Year Anniversary Sale and Release 1.8

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.It’s been exactly one year since we have released version 1.0 of the Stratospheric book. The book already has 900 readers on Leanpub. Let’s make it 1,000 this month! We want to celebrate the anniversary with you by releasing version 1.8 of the book and doing an anniversary sale. You can read more about the new release in this blog post on the Stratospheric website. Read more

Self-Publishing a Book With (Almost) Complete Strangers: A Recap of Our Writing Process for Stratospheric

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.This week, Philip Riecks - one of the co-authors with whom I wrote Stratospheric - From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS - published this article about our writing process for that ebook on his new blog about subjects such as freelancing, motivation, indie hacking, or productivity: Self-Publishing a Book With (Almost) Complete Strangers This highly detailed documentation of our writing process not only describes how we went about writing, publishing, and marketing ... Read more

What is a (business) process, actually?

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.The terms process and business process, in particular, are sometimes used lightly and without thinking too much about what those terms actually mean. Drawing upon and thinking in terms of the concept of a value chain (i.e., a set of activities designed to create a product or service that has value to a customer) some time ago I came up with this definition of what constitutes a process, not just when it comes to ... Read more

Now Available as a Kindle Edition, Too: “Stratospheric – From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS”

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Stratospheric – From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS is now available as a Kindle edition on Amazon, too. Read more

Automating Processes: Meeting Notes

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.One of the key benefits of business software, or as a matter of fact, any software, is automation of tedious, repetitive tasks. One of the three great virtues of a programmer according to Perl creator Larry Wall is laziness as defined in: "The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving programs that other people will find useful and document what you wrote ... Read more

Working Across Timezones in Remote Work Settings and Distributed Environments

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.When working in a distributed environment or remote work environment, as is increasingly - and quite fortunately - becoming the default for knowledge workers, and the software industry in particular, chances are, rather sooner than later you'll be collaborating across timezones. I'm currently collaborating with people from EDT, GMT, CEST, MYT, JST, and AEST timezones, for instance. Asynchronous communication is crucial in a remote work setting already when no time differences are involved. It becomes ... Read more

Lösung für die COVID-19 Pandemie: Schnelltests als Zugangsberechtigung

Contrary to my usual writing habits the remainder of this post will be in German. The reason for this is that although the subject most certainly is of interest to everyone the specifics of the solution outlined in the following mostly apply to the current COVID-19 situation in Germany and my personal experience with that situation. The article therefore is mostly relevant to a German audience. If you're interested in discussing the potential for software-backed rapid COVID-19 tests in your (or ... Read more

My Remote Work Setup

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.I've been a proponent of remote work, new ways of work and different approaches to work culture and the opportunities and options those provide for a long time. While 2019 arguably was the year when remote work finally caught on for more than just a select few, 2020 most definitely was the year when remote work really took off - for obvious reasons. I'd like to quickly share some of the tools and components from ... Read more

2020 in Live Gigs

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.I'm an avid music fan and concert-goer. As mentioned in last week's post I'd like to write a bit about live music events in 2020. For obvious reasons, 2020 has both been a very different and a very difficult year for live events and those that make a living from them: Artists and performers, speakers, conferences, festival, venues, sound engineers, sound and lighting technicians, caterers, stage hands. These were the only bands I was ... Read more

2020 in Review

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.May you live in interesting times. - claimed to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse - Usually I refrain from writing one of those end-of-the-year reviews because they often amount to little more than self-involved navel-gazing (been there, done that ...). However, 2020 was a truly interesting, extraordinary and in many ways remarkable year. So, here goes, navel-gazing and all ... In December 2019 (or thereabouts) what we today know as COVID-19 or the Coronavirus ... Read more
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