In the last few days I had the opportunity to read a great book about how to build scalable, high capacity and reusable software. The book was “Reselase it! …”, https://pragprog.com/book/mnee/release-it.  As a “former” programmer I realized that many of the ideas and good practices from the book I should have used a long time … Read more

In our recent work we tackled the problem of spending way too much effort on maintaining the measuring instruments (or metric tools). When the measured entity changes you need to rewrite the script and keep two or three or five billion versions of it. So, we played with an idea of “teaching” an algorithm how … Read more

I get a lot of questions about the essential readings for the area of metrics. Since the area has been active since the 1950s, the number of books is large and the number of articles is naturally even larger. Here is the list of the books that I’ve compiled for my students and colleagues from … Read more

Link to article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0950584916301203 Being an empirical researcher with tight relation to industry (www.software-center.se) this kind of study is of outmost importance. I believe that in the area of software engineering the ability to discuss, develop and evaluate methods, tools and techniques needs to be done in collaboration with industry. As the authors of this paper … Read more

Link to the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Creativity-Inc-Overcoming-Unseen-Inspiration/dp/0552167266/ref=sr_1_1/253-4676796-1009806?ie=UTF8&qid=1482399808&sr=8-1&keywords=creativity+inc and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creativity,_Inc. Naturally a lot has been written about the best academic environment and academic excellence, and while reading this book about Pixar animation studios, I kept reflecting on our profession and environments. In the book, the author present his experiences with the start-up of the studios and its later successes. What struck … Read more

Keeping Continuous Deliveries Safe, by S. Vöst and S. Wagner Link to article: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1612.04164v1.pdf One of the challenges in introducing Agile software development into safety critical systems engineering is the ability to secure the safety properties. A number of solutions exist to that challenge, none of them successfully adopted in commercial product development, though. At … Read more

I’ve recently done a personal mobility project with Volvo Cars (www.volvocars.com), which was a fantastic experience. I managed to be on Volvo’s site one day a week and developed the course for them — actionable dashboards:) Here is a short movie about this collaboration, done with the colleagues at Volvo Cars, courtesy of Chalmers. Link … Read more

Quite recently I’ve reda one of the books by Daniel H. Pink – “Drive” – which describes what motivates us in general, but in particular in the areas where creativity and research. In my opinion the ideas of motivation 3.0 are highly applicable for our students. In particular the ability to provide our young colleagues … Read more

We’re starting to take up some online trainings for measurement. The first one is about ISO 15939 and its measurement information model. Go to the video at GU play: Measurement information model

Towards the end of the year I’d like to make a small reflection on Agile software development. It’s been discussed for a number of years now, yet the evidence of bringing measurable results is rather scarce. Here is one article from Åby Academy in Finland which studies a transformation of a large company to Agile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marta_Olszewska_Plaska/publication/280711876_Did_it_actually_go_this_well_a_Large-Scale_Case_Study_on_an_Agile_Transformation/links/55c1d7ea08aeb28645819d3f.pdf … Read more