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Agile coach, Christian, .NET/NodeJs Developer, Euphonium player. Married to Elin and father to Albert, Gustav and Arvid. Lived in Indonesia for a couple of years. Author (with Joakim Sunden) of Kanban In Action
During the years I have been moving around quite a bit. I started my career as a developer but soon got to be leader for the teams I was in. This got me to look into finding ways to become more effective as a team.
I’m very quick to get excited over new things and this reflects in my posts that ranges over a lot of different subjects, tools and technologies.
The underlying theme of it all is agile lean and it’s practical usage in the situations I find myself in.
Why this blog?
This blog started with me loosing three notebook (paper versions) in two weeks. I grew tired of trying to remember everthing I learned in my head and started to write it down instead.
During the years I learned so much by sharing and soon I picked up the theme for the blog: “sharing is learning”. Just the other day I got some evidence that I might be on the right track too:
We Learn . . . 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss, 80% of what we experience, 95% of what we teach others
So … it might be for my selfish learning purposes I write this. Anyway I’m very happpy to share this with you… to learn more … to share more … to learn more … to
I have one wife, Elin, and three boys; Albert (born 2008) and Arvid and Gustav (2010). We have lived in Indonesia for a few years, but home is Stockholm, Sweden.
Salvation Army and Indonesia
Yes, I lived in Indonesia for two years (2014-2015) working for the Salvation Army there. Me and Elin are worked with the 6 hospitals (and 17 clinics) that the Salvation Army have, trying to help them to become more effective in their medical and spiritual ministry.
Back home in Sweden I work for Aptitud - the best consultancy in Sweden! I am an agile coach working right between the business and IT if I get to choose. My motto is: Getting agile to work, which makes me focus on pragmatic solutions rather than theory.
Although I’ve become a process guy I’m still interested in code and the craft around software development, in all the stages of the development cycle.
Read more about my professional life on LinkedIn
Stuff I’ve done
Kanban In Action
By far the biggest thing I ever did was to write Kanban In Action. I did that together with my good friend Joakim
Writing the book took about 2,5 years. Sometimes with a lot of frustration and work above our capacity. The pride and relief we felt when it was released was worth almost all of that work.
If you haven’t got the book yet - get your’s today! We have done our very best to be both entertaining and informative.
Salvation: The Bungsu Story
The thing that I’m most proud of recently for work is my book about our adventures in Indonesia. It’s a roller coaster of a novel about the work and tribulations of the Rumah Sakit Bungsu and how we used the principles of kanban, lean and agile to help them out of a looming disaster. Twice!
You can get the book here. Please do - I’m really, really proud of it.
Or watch one of the many recorded talks of the story here:
- Brewing Agile 2017: Marcus Hammarberg: “Building A Hospital with Agile and Lean”
- LKNA16: @ Salvation Army Health: How Kanban Helped Save a Hospital in Indonesia
- AgileByExample 2017: Marcus Hammarberg - How Kanban Saved a hospital in Indonesia
- Agile Greece Summit 2018 - How Kanban saved a Salvation Army hospital in Indonesia
- How lean and kanban saved a hospital in Indonesia. Twice! Øredev 2016
I like to do public speaking. During the years I have spoken at lot of conferences like OreDev, JFokus, Agile Sweden, Agile Singapore and Yow West
Most of my talks have been at or for clients of mine. You can catch some of them here:
- On User stories
- On SpecFlow
- On Specification by example
- On Kanban (old version) I’ve got a newer version of this talk but not recorded sadly.
- On Kanban (longer old version)
- On TDD for kids I had great fun doing this!
I also did a long series of short presentations for the Salvation Army in Indonesia:
Most slides for my talks can be found on my Slide Share page
Open source and programming
I have been into Open source on the .NET platform for quite some time. The main projects I’ve been into are:
- NancyFx Nancy is the super-duper-happy-path library to small and awesome web applications using .NET. I absolutely love this framework and have committed small things to this. Very proud to be on the list of committers.
- SpecFlow SpecFlow is a great way to write specifications in english (using Cucumber) that then is translated to testing code of your choice. I’ve written a lot of blogposts about SpecFlow over the years and contributed the first version of the SpecFlow intellisense.
- Simple.Data I have commit code and written some documentation around this awesome data access framework.
- Pickles lets you generate a nice documentation from your SpecFlow specifications
I’m most proud of my own little helper utility SpecFlow.Assist.Dynamics that let’s you write less code in your step definitions when using SpecFlow. You can download it from NuGet.
All of my code is found on GitHub under marcusoftnet
I’ve also recorded a couple of screen casts around Koa on YouTube: