Work Related

Coaching opportunity

Since this month I’ve had a coaching opportunity at work. A young developer will start working on a relatively contained and new project. I’ve been asked to coach her in both development and software architecture. The goal is also to have some knowledge sharing to make sure she is not the only one knowing how the software works.

This is a very welcome opportunity, and I am looking forward to it. It will be a good learning experience.

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Time Management

I have the feeling I have my time pretty well managed. I feel like I have enough free time, can work on my hobbies when I need and spend enough time with friends and family.

Nevertheless, I am always open for new ways to improve myself, which was the reason I signed up for the course time management when I saw it on the Vanderlande academy website. This 16 hour training, spread out over three days gave some valuable new insights, but I’m also pleased to learn that I was on the right track.

It was also a good refresher, as there was a lot of overlap with the training effective influencing.

The main point I took from this training was educating your environment on your behavior. If you repeat a certain behavior, this is what people will expect from you in the future. If you cancel another meeting because someone planned a meeting over it, that person might not respect your other meetings in the future. But if you make clear this is not possible, that person will probably look for a free moment next time he/she wants to plan a meeting.

This is behavior I was already implementing, but in cases like this it is also good to be more conscience about your behavior, and see what effect it has on your environment.

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Design Patterns

The past 3 day’s I have had a course in design patterns. Even though I already have quite some experience with design patterns, I decided to formalize my knowledge and use the course as a refresher.

I have to say, I found it quite useful. The first day was not very interesting as it was very basic. But day 2 and 3 went more in depth and were very interesting. I really left with the feeling that I learned something, and that I will better be able to apply this to my everyday work.

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Project Collaboration

At Vanderlande I am currently the main contributor to our emulation environment. We use this environment to emulate any hardware our system might have, in an effort to make testing easier for both testers and developers.

To make testing as realistic as possible, we strive to have as many of the real software components run instead of being emulated. For the controller software developed at Veghel, this is quite easy. However, we also strive to test the software that is running on the hardware components themselves (shuttles, lifts etc). Integration with these components is a bit more difficult, as they are not developed in Veghel, and are usually not set up modular as our controller software is.

As a new challenge, I am currently taking the lead in coordinating together with some of the developers in Germany to integrate one of the new hardware components. This is a great learning experience, and also a great opportunity to increase the team building between the teams in Germany and the Netherlands.

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