Hi, I'm Martin

I've been coding and helping others to code for a while. Blog posts are just below, info about my experience is here. More about me on the about page.

I've been working as a freelance for a few years now. I tend to prefer missions in small companies or teams with a lot of autonomy. Nowadays I only work for companies with positive social impact - a subjective measure that generally means active in climate, health, education or similar sectors.

My collaborations can differ widely - from a couple of emails to help a first time founder with their technical challenges to leading a technical team for several years.

If you recognize yourself in the description above and want to work together, just send me an email.

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Recent Posts

  • | 2 min read
    #process

    A simple autonomy test

    Story A middle manager at a company I was discussing with was explaining their intentions regarding their team. Among other objectives was to increase coaching done by senior people in the team and to...

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  • | 2 min read
    #process

    About the previous guy

    A customer told me once: "That's the problem with you programmers - each time I ask one to take over the work, the first thing I hear is how the previous guy did it all wrong and everything need...

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  • | 4 min read
    #career

    The reluctant freelance

    It has been a year now that I've played the "prototypical" role of a freelance developer - doing various missions for several clients and generally enjoying myself doing so. The fun part is...

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  • | 4 min read
    #tech

    Don't build a F35

    The setup Someone inside BigCorp (which can be a private company but also a public one or a part of an institution, governement, etc - what matters is that it's big) Bob, a manager stumble into a...

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  • | 3 min read
    #tech

    Technology: Come to the boring side, we deliver value

    Technical advisor I've been in position to give advice to early stage, usually non technical founder a significant number of time since my move in the startup world. One of the most frequent question...

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  • | 10 min read
    #blog

    2021 Wrap Up - on the technical side

    A year of technical work I blogged last week about my 2021 Wrap Up - this is also a good opportunity to look at what I've learn in this first year of "back to technical work". A few months...

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  • | 7 min read
    #blog

    2021 Wrap Up

    Back to (technical) work Leaving management My main (work) update of the year was clearly my decision to leave my job as Bluesquare's CTO. Not only I had been there for more than 5 years, but this...

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  • | 3 min read
    #process

    Prototype mode

    Newscheck Thanks to getting some days off between two missions, I've been able to take one card of my "project idea" board and actually implement it. The result is "newscheck" - a...

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  • | 2 min read
    #process #rant

    Jira - Beyond the hate of task tracking software

    I've been saying "I hate Jira" several times. In meetings, in emails, probably even on Twitter. I'm far from being alone, and it has pretty much become an industry wide sentiment (or even a...

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  • | 3 min read
    #hiring

    Dear recruiter, I won't accept your invitation to connect

    Dear (LinkedIn) recruiter, No, I won't accept your invitation to connect. This is not personal - it's because in my 20 years of career recruiters have been utterly useless. I guess this sounds harsh,...

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