I’m pasionate about many things: my family, my spare time and hobbies, travelling, good coffee , beer and wine, and last but not least programming and software development. I’m currently working for Statoil ASA as a senior developer / software architect. This has brought me to some interesting challenges and some wonderful new learning opportunities over the years. My spare time I spend with my family or pursuing my hobbies and interests.
I also have some time for sports, mainly bicycling in the summer and skiing in the winter. This year’s goal is Skienern at Oppdal in late february and Birkebeinerrittet from Rena to Lillehammer in late August.
As I’ve already mentioned, I’m very passionate about software development. In addition to being my profession, it is one of my hobbies. I spend a lot of time trying to keep my skills fresh. I’m a big believer in Agile Software Development, and have been since we had the fortune of having Eric Evans and his team with us to teach us about Domain Driven Design.
Since then I’ve studied many of the agile methods, in particular XP and Scrum, but also Lean Software development and Crystal. It is especially the core practices of XP that fascinates me, being a developer at heart. I’ve particularly come to love Test-Driven Development, even though it was hard to do at first.
I’m also trying to program as much as I can on my spare time. I always have a project or two going on at home. At work it is strictly Java, so I try to do other stuff at home, like Ruby and it’s excellent web framework RubyOnRails. If you haven’t tried Ruby, you should! It is absolutely fabulous! The main reason is that the language stays out of your way and lets you express your ideas cleanly without a lot of code just to satisfy the compiler, or in Rails case the framework. Beautiful! The Reading Backlog app is a simple thing I cooked up in Rails, which was really just a couple of hours work.
At the SATURN 2016 conference, I have been selected to hold a 15 minute TED-style talk entitled “The demise of Enterprise IT”. The premise of the talk is that the time of large centralized IT departments is over, and it is time for the business units to be be set free to solve their own problems. Large centralized departments and standardized solutions are not conducive to innovation, and a more agile approach is needed where the people who own the challenge and has the business knowledge are paired directly with the developers to create custom solutions. In addition, a greater focus on using commercial technology is needed. We are at the point where consumer technology far surpasses the enterprise grade technology, which in many cases adds complexity without providing extra value to the user. A prime example of this are mobile computing devices like laptops, tables and mobile phones….
Drop me an email if you are interested in a discussion or find any of my ramblings interesting!