Staff talk

Ton Jansen

Luminis - 30 March 2018

Ton Jansen tells about his “rediscovery”. After being away for a few years, he is back at Luminis again.

‘There and back again’

Most readers will probably recognise this title. At least, most developers have something with science fiction and fantasy. It is from Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring”.

I started with Luminis in 2002, together with 5 others. By the end of 2015 I decided to take a different path and left Luminis to work elsewhere. In the fall of 2017 I came back to Luminis; this was not an obvious choice, but I will try to explain why I decided to come back to Luminis.

Luminis is not just a secondment company or project-place like so many others. Luminis has always been privately owned. If our goal was only to make as much money as possible, as quickly as possible, Luminis would have been much bigger than 160 or so people as we are now, after 16 years.

When people talk about self-directing teams or the delegation of control, it is a value at Luminis, rather than a politically correct marketing speech. Our locations carry their own responsibility to stay a healthy organisation, not our headquarters. Each of us has his own responsibility for our careers, not some Human Resources department. When you have got ideas, we will listen. You have to work hard for it though, there is not some “bureau” to do it for you or to take care of it for you.

The art of software engineering

Software engineering is our “thing”. It is not something we just talk about, it is our culture that feels self-evident. Craftsmanship and sloppiness do not work together, but it is human to make mistakes. It is also okay, when you can face your mistakes and improve them. That is the most important part of learning and innovation.

Our DevCon literally showcases software engineering. It is some kind of business card of our organisation. The theme “The art of software engineering” is how the organisation was called in 2002. Cloud, Internet of Things, Search, Data analytics, these are all expressions of this theme.

For all the readers that just finished their education or for the ones who already work at Luminis for ages, it is “normal” what you see there. But if you have played outside and have a lot of other experiences, you will appreciate even more what makes Luminis Luminis.

By Ton Jansen

 

 

Ton Jansen

Luminis -

Ton Jansen tells about his “rediscovery”. After being away for a few years, he is back at Luminis again.

‘There and back again’

Most readers will probably recognise this title. At least, most developers have something with science fiction and fantasy. It is from Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring”.

I started with Luminis in 2002, together with 5 others. By the end of 2015 I decided to take a different path and left Luminis to work elsewhere. In the fall of 2017 I came back to Luminis; this was not an obvious choice, but I will try to explain why I decided to come back to Luminis.

Luminis is not just a secondment company or project-place like so many others. Luminis has always been privately owned. If our goal was only to make as much money as possible, as quickly as possible, Luminis would have been much bigger than 160 or so people as we are now, after 16 years.

When people talk about self-directing teams or the delegation of control, it is a value at Luminis, rather than a politically correct marketing speech. Our locations carry their own responsibility to stay a healthy organisation, not our headquarters. Each of us has his own responsibility for our careers, not some Human Resources department. When you have got ideas, we will listen. You have to work hard for it though, there is not some “bureau” to do it for you or to take care of it for you.

The art of software engineering

Software engineering is our “thing”. It is not something we just talk about, it is our culture that feels self-evident. Craftsmanship and sloppiness do not work together, but it is human to make mistakes. It is also okay, when you can face your mistakes and improve them. That is the most important part of learning and innovation.

Our DevCon literally showcases software engineering. It is some kind of business card of our organisation. The theme “The art of software engineering” is how the organisation was called in 2002. Cloud, Internet of Things, Search, Data analytics, these are all expressions of this theme.

For all the readers that just finished their education or for the ones who already work at Luminis for ages, it is “normal” what you see there. But if you have played outside and have a lot of other experiences, you will appreciate even more what makes Luminis Luminis.

By Ton Jansen