My experience about consulting and freelancing

You Cannot Do Everything with Excel

Are You Abusing Excel? You Need Something Different

Excel is a great software but… for some tasks is just not the right tool. In this article we share a story of how Excel ended up costing billions of dollars because of a simple error. Luckily there is none in your spreadsheets 🙂 We all know how this happens: you start creating a short list […]

Why to offer a roadmapping service for Language Engineering?

There are consolidated habits that have a negative effect when doing consulting. Lately I have been thinking about how things work during the initial contacts between a client and a consultant: the initial discussion that happens between them, before a contract is signed. Typically the consultant does two things: On one hand he tends to enfatically […]

Interview to Erik Dietrich on Static Analysis and a data driven approach to refactoring

Erik Dietrich is a well known Software Architect with a long experience in consulting. His blog (DaedTech) is a source of thoughtful insights on software development. In particular I was very interested by his usage of static analysis and code metrics in his consulting work. I am myself a relatively young consultant and I thought […]

5 things I have learnt working as a Consultant Software Architect

  I have been working as a Software Engineer for several years, however I have been a full time consultant only for the last one year and a half. I have a background of different experiences: working for small and big companies, in different countries, getting a PhD. The previous things I have done have […]

How to recognize dates in PDFs

How to recognize dates in PDFs

How an engineer is supposed to survive accounting One of the “pleasures” of having your own business is dealing with accounting. Now, to survive I tried a few things like: generating invoices for my clients processing bank statements One boring thing to do is to organizing receipts and invoices I had to pay: travel expenses, […]

My first year as a consultant in France

My first year as a consultant in France

I think many of us are attracted by the idea to start their own business. This was something I was dreaming about for a while until the context made it possible. One year later this is how things are going. I also wrote about my progress when I was half of the way through my […]

What is your role? How do you deliver value?

What is your role? How do you deliver value?

Recently I have been thinking about the way I can deliver value in the projects I take part into. A few weeks ago I have been interviewed by Dave Rael for the Developer on Fire podcast. You can listen to the interview here. Dave asked me: What do you do to deliver value? This is not […]

A template system for Google Docs: Google Drive automation and PDF generation with Google Execution API

A template system for Google Docs: Google Drive automation and PDF generation with Google Execution API

My consulting business is getting more steam and I am starting to be annoyed by the administrative steps. Basically when I need to prepare a new invoice I have to: copy I template I have in my Google drive fill the data download a PDF archive the PDF on Dropbox send the PDF to the […]

How to recruit freelancer for software development: where to look for them, how to find and choose candidates

How to recruit freelancer for software development: where to look for them, how to find and choose candidates

Many people come to me with questions about a project they want to have developed. Perhaps they have a business idea, perhaps they need some software to simplify their lifes. I know directly a few of them, others have asked hints to someone who directed them to me, others met me at some meet up […]

My first six months as a Software Engineer Freelance

What I Learned in Six Months as a Software Engineer Freelance

I think many of us are attracted by the idea to start their own business. This was something I was dreaming about for a while. One day the context was right and I jumped in. Six months after this is how things are going. How I ended up being a freelancer At the end of […]