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Hi, thanks for visiting my blog!

This page is meant to explain what my blog is about…


What can I find here?

This blog is about managing software development. My blog posts are not just for managers, but for everyone who is concerned with the dynamics of software projects. I am writing from the perspective of someone who needs to run a software development organization, while trying to keep both customers and employees happy. You can find articles on topics like Practices & Discipline, People & Motivation, and Management & Leadership.

Besides programming, I have developed a passion for complexity science, and I attempt to relate it to software development and management. You can find various articles on this subject in categories like Complex Systems and Adaptation & Improvement.

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What is your best stuff?

In the right side bar you can find a Top 10 of articles that have been quite popular among readers. But I can also refer to my post Goodbye 2008, Hello 2009, where I list the articles that had the most traffic in 2008, the best ones being The Definitive List of Software Development Methodologies, 10 Principles of Agile Project Time Management, The Perfect Job Interview Question, Thank You Stupid Americans, and How to Select a Fine Technical Manager.

Of course, you may just be interested in my famous top 100 lists, like the Twitter Top 100 for Software Developers, 100 Interview Questions for Software Developers, Top 100 Blogs for Developers, Top 100 Books for Managers, Leaders & Humans, and Top 100 Best Software Engineering Books, Ever.

Why should I read this blog?
Well, after reading the previous paragraphs… why not?

Who are you?
I am Jurgen Appelo, CIO at ISM eCompany, a Dutch company creating web sites and web applications for customers. You can find more info on my About page.

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What else do you do?

I give presentations about management, complexity and agile software development at seminars and conferences (invite me!). Occasionally I publish some articles in magazines, and I’m trying to write a book about complexity and managing software development.

What does NOOP.NL mean?
NOOP stands for NO OPeration. It is an instruction for a computer to do nothing. It has a strong link with management, as I think the best managers are those who can let an organization grow successfully while doing nothing.

Well, that’s it!

Now that you know everything, I hope you will continue to read my latest posts!

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