Season's greetings

2013 has been a fantastic year for me and I've had the pleasure of meeting so many people in more than a dozen countries. I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you and to wish all of my friends and clients a Merry Christmas. I hope that you have a happy and healthy 2014.

Instead of sending greeting cards, I'll be making a donation to the Channel Islands Air Search and RNLI Jersey. Both are voluntary organisations made up of people who regularly risk their own lives to save others. Jersey has experienced some very stormy weather during recent weeks where the RNLI and the CI AirSearch have both been called out. The CI AirSearch aeroplane unfortunately had to make an emergency landing too. They're incredibly brave to head out in the scary conditions we've had over the past few weeks and are an essential part of island life. "Inspirational" is an understatement. Let's hope they have a quiet holiday season.

About the author

Simon is an independent consultant specializing in software architecture, and the author of Software Architecture for Developers (a developer-friendly guide to software architecture, technical leadership and the balance with agility). He’s also the creator of the C4 software architecture model and the founder of Structurizr, which is a collection of open source and commercial tooling to help software teams visualise, document and explore their software architecture.

You can find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrown ... see for information about his speaking schedule, videos from past conferences and software architecture training.

Re: Season's greetings

I think we should remember that although the emergency services never know what they will encounter, and have to react to situations in an agile way, they always have a plan on how to deal with any situation they encounter. They never turn up and 'hope for the best'.

The plans aren't rigid but they exist, the staff all know them and someone is in charge who can make decisions. Do you see where I'm going with this? :-)

Seasons Greetings and a Happy new Year!

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