This is my little waterhole on the internet. If I really wanted to sell myself to you, I guess I should be more active on Twitter or Instagram. Priorities… priorities :o)
I am a father. I am a naval officer. I am a utilitarian bike-rider. I am an - almost religiously - fan of simplicity. I am currently a senior project officer with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization, heading a large IT transformational activity, tying People, Processes and Technology together (often referred to as an IT project, though often I find that that particular expression brings to much of a focus on technology and management, with a loss of focus on transformation and change). I am curious. I am so much more.
I’ve been nerding around with computers since mid-90s and still am. What I do and how I do it has changed drastically, but the basic curisority that drives it is unchanged. Back then it was half-nighters with cola and beer and a monstrosity of a computer. Now it is short stints on the iPad in the couch - still with beer :o)
I currently live in Copenhagen, enjoying the relaxed bike-friendly atmosphere and growing variety of locally brewed beers of my native country’s capital.
Books you should read
I am an avid reader - as much as work and parenthood allows :) - and would like to recommend these five non-fiction books (I may change the list now and then, but it shouldn’t contain more than five items):
- A little history of philosophy by Nigel Warburton
Why? It’s easy to get consumed by the everyday practicalities, tasks that needs to be resolved and issues that needs to be fixed. But now and then we should expand our mind in a non-practical way. I found the little short stories on various philosophers thinking to be a good way to do so.
- The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford
Why? Because it explains in a very easily-approachable way through relatable examples, what DevOps can do and what pitfalls there are, including the issues of aligning business with IT.
- Why simple wins by Lisa Bodell
Why? This books puts the spotlight on a lot of our unconscious thinking and actions - both as individual and as families or organisations -, which create extra but unnecessary complexity in our lives. And then it even gives the reader some help on how to overcome this.
- The Connected Company by Dave Gray, Thomas Vander Wal and Alex Osterwalder
Why? No institutions - companies public organisations and otherwise - lives in a vacuum. The following quote in the book by Jack Welch of General Electric sums it up pretty much: “If change is happening on the outside faster than on the inside the end is in sight”.
- Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success by Ken Segall
Why? These are real-life examples of applying simplicity in development and communication. Apple have been quite successfully at this, but have also paid a price for doing so. While the books is clearly written from a marketeer’s point of view (which is well declared initially), it also provide practical accounts and applications of simplicity.
Henrik the Nerd
I pride myself of being a bit of a nerd. I see it is as a positive, affectionate and encouraging term. Of someone with curiosity and a desire to gain insight. Something the world always has needed and always will need. I have been nerding around with computers for many years. Though my way of doing it, has changed significantly over the years. From fiddling with hardware and getting it to function, to running servers, doing help desk support and project management. My basic curiosity of these has always been there for logic, actions, automation, empowerment and what-not. I guess like a mix of Kant and Rousseau if you are into philosophy (another of my nerdy passions :o)).
You may contact me (securely!) through Keybase @boegh. I’m also checking out whats happening on Twitter now and then. I’m even sometimes active on IRC (old-school - I know…) on Freenode as heb.
Finally there is the concept of e-mail. I can be contacted on the following address (yes: You need to type it in manually and you even need to remove some text first; sorry for the difficult approach but spammers are really, REALLY the scourge of the earth…):