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Gideon de Kok

Gideon de Kok is a principal consultant at Xebia. With a background in both software development as entrepreneurship and IT-management, he helps organizations in countering the imbalances and bottlenecks in software development processes to restore their much-needed flexibility and performance.
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Swimming with the Faster Fish - Part 3: The Missing Link in Agile Transformations

Posted by Gideon de Kok on Jul 24, 2017 3:29:37 PM

The concept of traditional construction could not be a worse metaphor for software development. Yet, for a long time, that’s exactly how it was done. With this kind of formal architectural engineering process, the “right” set of requirements were predetermined and translated into blueprints then implemented, with the hope that enough up-front design would prevent any uncertainty down the road. But because the very nature of software requirements is in a constant flux, this process ensured failure before the first line of code written could be written.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Swimming With the Faster Fish - Part 2: The road to technical profit

Posted by Gideon de Kok on May 3, 2017 3:12:52 PM


True? "Companies shouldn't apply digital transformations with a strict technologic focus
. Yes!
Lagging development processes hindering to
swiftly adapt to the rapidly changing market , often bring the desire to start transformations. Boosting business flexibility is, however, something which should be done on a strategic and personal level. This means that a digital transformation in which a large part of the technology is re-engineered , should have the main focus in recovering and preventing the imbalances , which originally caused the need of this rebuild.
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Topics: Agile Software Development, Digital Strategy

Swimming With the Faster Fish - Part 1

Posted by Gideon de Kok on Feb 6, 2017 1:26:15 PM

Being competitive isn’t about being bigger anymore; it’s about being swift and adaptable. It is not the big fish which eats the small fish; it’s the fast fish which eats the slow fish. What makes these newer players different as far as adaptability and agility go?

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Digital Strategy