Professional Goals 2011

A new year is a good time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished last year and set goals for the next. These are my professional goals for 2011:


  • Don't write any more code which is not covered by tests.
  • Write cleaner code. Less if-statements, smaller classes, better intention revealing code,...
  • Apply the Boy Scout rule all the time.
  • Contribute making an NHibernate set of classes that we can reuse in all our apps. Including a BaseEntity, Session Management classes, BaseRepository,...


  • Focus more on the customer, he/she doesn't care if we use Kanban, XP, Scrum, Lean or whatever.
  • Try to convince our project coaches/management that there is a better suited methodology for doing pure product development instead of what we do now.
  • Work together with operations to get our code deployed more smoothly. Features aren't done, until you've worked on the feedback you get on them from your customer using it in production. And if you don't want to wait long on that feedback, deployment should be smooth.
  • Keep using the Pomodoro Technique because it's one of the few things that really helps me to hold focus.



  • Find a way to get more people on the bandwagon in our company.
  • Publish at least one new blogpost every month.
  • Continue contributing to the RoundhousE project.
  • Keep getting in touch with other good developers.

I’m writing this post to hold myself accountable for the accomplishment of this goals.

I also hope this will inspire some other people to start writing down and tackling their goals for the upcoming year.

(Beyond) The Goal

TheGoal The Goal was recommended to me by several people from the Agile Community. It’s a book written more than 20 years ago and it has over 3 million copies sold. Nick Oostvogels loaned it to me (Thx Nick!) and I enjoyed it so much that I ordered “Beyond The Goal” also on Audible and listened to it on the way to work.

Both the books are about the Theory of Constraints.

The Goal is written as a novel and very easy to read. Main character, Alex Rogo, is a plant manager at UniCo, and his factory is facing troubles. The book is written from Alex Rogo’s perspective. I could tell you the story here, but you should read it :-)

Beyond the Goal is a lecture of Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt where he talks about companies which have applied the TOC, and diving deep into the details of it why some of them succeeded, and some of them failed.

Below is a mindmap I created while reading/listening to both books. (click to enlarge)


Reading the books helped me to understand the lean movement and The Toyota Way better. It also helps to reflect some of the principles in Kanban and why some things in some other approaches don’t work that well.

And beside that… The Goal was fun to read!