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Author Łukasz Olczyk

Łukasz Olczyk

Introvert’s Guide to Public Speaking

Recently, during conference organized by local technical university, I gave a lecture on leadership. Somewhere along the way, I was asked a rather interesting question – can introvert be a good leader? As I was about to answer, the craziest of ideas came into my mind. I asked the audience to raise their hands if […]

The Biggest Flaw of The Agile Manifesto

Responding to change over following a plan. A giant lateral leap in thinking for all the managerial world. One of four core ideas of the Agile Manifesto, bound to change the world. One sentence which is fundamentally flawed. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong about responding to or, as some […]

Aspire for THE BEST

Everyone strives for something different. Be it a specific job title, a big dream to chase, a particular spouse. Nothing wrong about it, especially considering needs of any single person do not remain static over their lifetime, but evolve to match their circumstances at the time. Obvious, isn’t it? Yet, some of our strives seem, […]

Logistics of Software Development

In my teens, I spent countless hours playing real-time strategy games, starting with Dune 2, first of the genre. I had quite a lot of fun figuring out the ways to trick opponents, lure them into traps or, my personal favourite, flank them. Toying with tactics was quite a fun, especially considering I could always […]

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome – Or Not?

Whether you’re fan of the genre or not, you must’ve seen a war movie sometime in your history. One in which a group of Commandos, Marines or just regular grunts was set to fight against masses of vicious foes. So imagine this setting: a small squad, not even a dozen of people, sets of to […]

How To Ruin a Meeting

We love to be all efficient at what we do, be it at work or not. We love to focus on things that bring actual value, that change reality, that make sense. We love our work to only be distracted by fuss ball game every once in a while. Well, do we? Always? Clearly, no. […]

The 3 Pillars of Willpower Boost

Whenever one wants to succeed in getting into shape, a few well known rules should be followed. First would be to warm up and stretch a bit, just to minimize the risk of injuries. Second, it’s necessary to push a bit harder each time. It’s actually quite tricky to figure the exact increase – go […]

Conflict Avoidance Will Ruin Your Team

There are organizations which are managed by conflict. You can actually feel cortisol in the air once there, with people actually yelling, staggering amount of sick leaves and industry record high rotation. Rumor has it, it doesn’t happen very often in IT companies, which, as we all know, are relaxed, cool and fun to work […]

Fatal Attribution: On Eating, Blaming and Being Lazy

I remember working once with a brilliant and extremely talented engineer, who, to my knowledge and observation, had this one tiny flaw. He was incredibly lazy. Whenever something was asked of him, he did it straight away – and then just went on to watch videos on YouTube. Whole team noticed this and people were […]

Four Hormones of Ice Bucket

Over just a few months, millions of people decided to be poured with ice cold water. The, so called, Ice Bucket Challenge is a noble fundraising effort, aimed to support people diagnosed with ALS. Once I decided to join our own attempt, I started wondering – how come this one caught up that much? After […]