Value objects are only just playing a role

Recently I had an interesting discussion on the DDD mailing list about value objects.

Value objects: “These are the objects that describe things” [From: DDD, Evans]

The discussion centered on the immutability of value objects. The strange thing is that many developers (in the role a modeller) emphasize this immutability. I’ve seen this happen quite often. While I do not think that is the essence of a value object at all. read more…

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David vs. Goliath

In this post I will give my answer to the question where innovation takes place: in big or in smaller (ict-) companies? An all-or-nothing answer doesn’t seem feasible to me, because we all know examples of big as well as smaller companies that are innovative. But I still think it might be interesting enough to write a blog post about (of course), because I think some differentiation can be made. read more…

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Managers: can’t live with ‘m, can’t live without ‘m?

My eye was caught today by the article Rise of the anti-manager by Leo D’Angelo Fisher. Or, to be truthful, the Dutch version of that, on Infoworld. The main line of reasoning in the article is that currently, managers are not very good, getting worse and that companies should pay more attention to the quality of their managers. The article is of the ‘general and broad’ kind, so I will keep in line and follow the same style.

The writer of the article has made some quite clear observations with figures to back them up and I would be inclined to agree on them. However, there are some things I find lacking in the article. First of all, it does not mention the fact that there are so much more managers nowadays than before. And second, it fails to mention there are so many managers not doing anything productive. Just following procedures, making sure the forms are nicely filled out, etc. Actually, in my experience, a lot of them are just there as a sort of ‘filter’ or ‘web’ in between people getting actual work done and people with real decision making power. read more…

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