What became of CMMI?






A friend asked me recently about CMMI. He hadn’t heard anything about it recently and assumed that it had come and gone, like so many other initiatives in the Software Engineering body of practice. He was amazed when I told him that CMMI was alive and well and growing in various parts of the world.

For those of you who never knew, or can’t remember, what CMMI is … here is a brief summary:

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Where is the REAL Wakanda?







My once-popular blog, “The Software Engineer”, has been dormant and neglected since 2013. I’ve decided that the time is now right to bring it back to life. I’ve given it a new tag-line: “Passionate About Digital Africa”, and a fresh look-and-feel.

Although my blog has been hibernating, I myself have been EXTREMELY busy over the past 5 years, working hard in Braamfontein, building the Tshimologong Precinct. Continue reading “Where is the REAL Wakanda?”

“This is Apollo 13 – Cambridge, we have a problem.”

by Prof. Barry Dwolatzky

MIT ImageAt 9:08pm on April 13 1970, astronaut James A. Lovell Jr, commander of Apollo 13, spoke the now famous words, “Houston, we have a problem.” If Lee Harvey Oswald hadn’t shot President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22 1963, Lovell would have informed Cambridge, Massachusetts, rather than Houston, Texas, of his “problem”. Continue reading ““This is Apollo 13 – Cambridge, we have a problem.””

Creating Something Significant from Nothing – Reflections on planning Agile Africa 2013

by Prof Barry Dwolatzky




In just under 6 weeks we will be running the inaugural “Agile Africa” Conference. Registrations opened today (details here) and social media started buzzing with questions and comments. Why no African keynote speakers? Why no women? Why so expensive? While all of these comments are important and valid (and deserve a response), I got to thinking about something quite different – How did the great annual conferences in the world get started? Continue reading “Creating Something Significant from Nothing – Reflections on planning Agile Africa 2013”

Agile Africa 2013

Martin Fowler
Martin Fowler – one of the Agile Africa 2013 keynotes

I’ve been rolling up my sleeves to help get the “Agile Africa 2013” Conference going. “Agile India”, “Agile South America” and others have all appeared on the international conference landscape, so why not an “Agile Africa”.

The idea was first explored in 2012. Unfortunately the people driving the idea didn’t manage to pull it off. The JCSE, in partnership with the company “ThoughtWorks”, and a group of interested Agile practitioners decided to make it happen in 2013.

We now have a date – 12 & 13 August, a venue – the Alex Theater in Braamfontein, and a great list of keynote speakers – Martin Fowler, Ivar Jacobson, David Hussman, Mitch Lacey, Amr Noaman.

We are now going live with a call for sponsors and registrations.  For more details contact me (until we have our official website). I’m at barry@jcse.org.za .


Reflections on CeBIT 2013

by Prof Barry Dwolatzky

Marc, Gordon and the wonderful Pavilion assistants

This is my last evening in Hanover.

I visited Dean Yon’s store in the centre of Hanover. Dean is a South African who has lived in Germany for several years. His store in the Markthalle (which is something like a permanent Rosebank Flea Market) specializes in everything South African. He sells an amazing array of dozens of different South African wines, Simba Chips, Rooibos Tea and biltong. The seating area around his store was packed with people enjoying a bit of South Africa – and I was the only South African there (apart from Dean). It’s crowded like this every evening. As Dean says, “Germans love South African wine and anything else South African.” Continue reading “Reflections on CeBIT 2013”