December 2016

Holiday South Africa and Swaziland!

Since our last trip to Thailand was such a success, we decided to take a group trip this year as well!
Our destination was South Africa, with a few stops in Swaziland.

As tradition has it, I made a compilation video about this trip. This year I tried to find more fitting music for the video and I took some more time on editing this year, but I’m very pleased with the result:

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New project at work

Since the Adapto team has been growing steadily, and more and more components are finished, we now have the luxury of focusing more on tools around the main product.
One of those tools is an Emulator which is used by developers to emulate a real life situation (shuttles, lifts, P&D’s etc). The current status of the emulator is not so great, since no one has the time to work on it.
That has changed now: I have been asked to develop and support this emulator now.
Again, there are a lot of threading issues in the current version. After having “proven” myself with RUDP, I think this is the main reason I’ve been selected for this job.

After having had a quick look through the code I see a lot of potential. Currently, threads are being used “to use threads”, while I see no reason to use them at all. I am confident that this product will run a lot more stable and a lot faster after all this overhead has been cleaned up. And that’s only one of many improvements I want to implement.

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Last Tuesday our team participated in a training called “insights”. It is a training designed to identify strong points and weak points throughout a team, and to see how good the team is balanced.
Before the day arrives, every team member has to fill in a questionnaire with around 20 questions. Based on that, a profile is automatically generated.

To be honest I was quite surprised about the result at first. Even though the questions were not very specific, the profile was quite correct indeed! Of course there were some mistakes, but that is understandable. I think every team member could identify with the profile that had been generated for them.

When all profiles were combined, it turned out our team was in near perfect balance, something that was quite rare. This is probably why we work so good together as a team!

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