TL;DR: I’ve written and published a /now page.

For more of the back story and understanding what it is, read on.

I can’t remember when I first stumbled over Derek Sivers. It could have been one of his posts on giving away all his money, or perhaps his TED talk on leadership lessons from a dancing guy. Regardless, at one point in time I remember reading about the concept of a now page. I found it intriguing, but never really got around to it.

What is a Now Page?

The concept is quite straight forward. It’s not an “about page”, nor is it a “contact page”. It’s a page describing what’s going on in your life right now. …


There was recently a post on the Aurelia Discourse that caught my attention asking how react-like hooks would work when using Aureliajs. The response from Aurelia’s creator underlined some of the reasons why I trust Aurelia to build JavaScript applications with Aurelia.

Rob raised three aspects that Aurelia had that alleviated the need for “hooks”

With Aurelia, we don’t need hooks because we have three very powerful things: Observability, Dependency Injection, Metaprogramming

He continues in his post to describe how Aurelia doesn’t try to re-invent the wheel but instead use time-tested OOP-practices that cater to Separation of Concerns.

With Aurelia, we can observe normal objects/class properties. So, you can leverage the last 40ish years of OOP techniques and battle-tested approaches to building software. Also, the general observer pattern has been around for a very long time and has scaled to some of the most complex apps today.


After discussing our strategy around front-end JavaScript frameworks at Dolittle, we decided to make our framework of choice official by becoming a backer of the open source front-end framework Aurelia!

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Open Collective backing badge from Dolittle’s official backer page

Why donate to Open Source?

At Dolittle, we believe in developing our platform in the open, and part of that is leaning on the work of other open source projects. We try to find ways to contribute back to open source and becoming an official backer is something we felt strongly about when it came to Aurelia.

Why Aurelia?

We’ve been using Aurelia as the defacto frontend JavaScript library for building our products, and the default framework for our open-source extensions for a while now. …


We’re excited to announce the 11th member to the group and welcome Ingunn Klerck Helseth, who brings more than 20 years’ experience from the maritime industry in both Norway and the USA.

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Ingunn Klerck Helseth

“I am proud and humbled to have been given this opportunity to join this fantastic tribe of technologists and engineers. For me personally this is a “kinder egg-opportunity”: I reunite with the maritime industry, which I have come to realise is part of my DNA, I strengthen my technological capacity by working together with this highly skilled crowd, and I get the experience of working in a small company where it’s all up to us. I’m thrilled and can’t wait to embark on the journey of developing excellent digital solutions for the future maritime industry together with this crowd”. — Ingunn Klerck Helseth

Ingunn is joining Dolittle on May 1st in the role as “Senior Product Manager.”


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As is the tradition I want to spend a few minutes reflecting on the year 2018. I find that taking time to reflect gives me a perspective of where I am on my journey. Reflecting also helps give closure and allows me to direct my thoughts and efforts towards what I want to accomplish in the future.

2018 has been one of the most exciting years from a professional perspective. From a personal growth perspective, 2018 has been both rewarding and frustrating. How can this be, you may ask (or not)? …


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The meeting between iterative product development and a company used to approaching product development through the project-lens can be quite harsh.

On one hand, you have set budgets and revenue targets. The project deliveries have been planned out in detail for the coming months, quarters or even years, with a chain of dependencies for the rest of the year.

On the other hand, you need to follow up deliveries, and make day-to-day decisions that affect the scope and the end product drastically in a true agile manner.

All the while nobody can give an answer to whether you’ll hit your targets or not. And you, as a stakeholder or project owner, just want to know when it will be done! …


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Unlearning is one of the hardest parts with any transition. You bring with you many years of experiences, expectations and biases. These have built up over time through different work situations you have adapted to. Past experiences allow you to hit the ground running when it comes to work and communication. They can also be heavy baggage, slowing you down. In a startup this baggage could be the very thing that’s holding you back. You’re looking at completely new problems with views that don’t match your situation.

Here at Dolittle, we’re hitting refresh on many of our previous assumptions. Looking at old problems with fresh eyes. How we approach our coding practices. How we are working with customers. How we are approaching contracts. How we are building products. …


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Finding your tribe isn’t easy. It’s a long journey of many missteps. You may be part of a tribe your entire life. You may wander to look for other tribes out there and dive back into your old tribe for safety. Other times you need to find another to call your own. Sometimes you need to start your own with your closest around you. Other times you need to just start, and hope others will follow.

Tribes

But, what do I mean with a tribe? In this context I’m using it as a community where you feel a sense of belonging. Originally, tribes were defined by proximity, the land you belonged to. So changing tribes was a physical action. Moving from one area to another. Going through rituals and sacrifices to leave your original tribe and be accepted in your new one. …


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Empathy — the 4th most popular word in 2017, according to Merriam-Webster. It’s interesting that this word has risen up in its popularity this year. Mirriam-Webster also points out the connection between politics in the USA, and the increase usage and searches for empathy.

Here’s Google’s take on how empathy is doing 2017. This is a trend graph compared to sympathy and compassion:

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So, definitely something people are becoming more aware of, and possibly also exploring.

The Blog

This blog hasn’t been as active as in 2016, but there has been some activity.

3 of my most popular blog posts came out this year, and have been well-received both on this blog and on the great dev.to …


For en stund tilbake, delte jeg en en poll om en veldig enkel lønnsundersøkelse blant medlemmene i Vestfold Developers. Motivasjonen var enkel. Jeg hadde lyst å samle inne og dele et reelt bilde på hvordan lønnsnivået var på blant medlemmene våre.

Tallgrunnlaget må nok taes med en klype salt, da vi tross alt ikke er så mange. Når det er sagt, er jeg likevel positivt overrasket at det såpass mange faktisk deltok og delte det de tjener (helt anonymt).

Hva det ble spurt om

Skjemaet var ikke særlig vitenskapelig lagt opp, og fokus var på å enkelt kunne høste inn svar og legge presentere noen tall. …

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Pavneet Singh Saund

Focused on creating great user experiences by attending to folks needs with empathy and spaces of safety. User Experience Lead/Product Developer at Dolittle.

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