about me

Getting social

The following list contains links to my profiles around the web

Short Biography

Hi, I'm Alexander Heusingfeld, yet, people close to me call me Alex. I was born on in Hilden, Germany. I got 3 wonderful kids and lead cross-functional teams at Vorwerk Digital R&D as Head of Digital Architecture, Platform Engineering, and Application Lifecycle Management for all our Digital Ecosystems (e.g. Thermomix' Cookidoo).

I'm also an active member of the International Software Architecture Qualification Board (ISAQB) to raise the quality of software architect education. There I'm the curator of the advanced level curriculum "FLEX - flexible system architecture", provide trainings, and evaluate the CPSA-A Advanced Level exams.

Previously I worked as a Senior Consultant for software architecture at innoQ where I coached large and small software development organisations and their teams on the impact of the relationship between software, people, and organizational structures. You can still find more information about my work related activities at my old innoQ profile.

Personal interests

Some years ago I was the lead singer of a German band called Freiwelt (formerly known as FREI). Apart from my interest in music and Basketball, I like to spend time outside, reading, or exchanging thoughts, perspectives, and ideas with other people. ;)

The open-source software mindset very much resonates with my aim to live a sustainable life. That is why I support OSS projects when I can and share my learnings openly e.g. in public talks. You can find these talks on Speakerdeck and Youtube above

What does 'goldstift' stand for?

'goldstift' is a nickname I got from one of my bosses when I was a trainee. It is actually a combined word of the two words "gold" (referencing the valuable metal) and "stift" which is a colloquial German word for "trainee". Back then all trainees at our company were called "Stift". My boss and my colleagues said, they really valued my work, so they started to call me "goldstift".

I felt very flattered by this appreciation and some time later I adopted the nickname.

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