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. […]

A checklist for smooth demos

BACKGROUND In a previous post I wrote about the benefits of having various team members run demos. Now let’s talk about making these demos really smooth. The point is to identify concrete steps you can take before a demo to avoid common issues and build up your confidence. We’ve all done or seen demos where people are late, VC doesn’t […]

Movember: Who should get the iPad?

This will be a short one – just to let you know about the current statistics of the Movember. And to hypothesize who should get the iPad. To the topic, then. Current participants per Guild As you can see, not all the guilds are actively participating in the Movember. This is particulary sad that such noble guilds […]

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 […]

Estimations: How I do it

Throughout my career I have estimated work required for delivering a feature in various ways, such as man-days, man-hours or story points. I wasn’t always a project manager and, before now I used to be a decent developer. I am also quite experienced as a scrum master. This means that I’ve seen estimations from all […]

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 […]

Team dilution (aka delusion)

We are sitting in an awkwardly quiet room. I know that I have just said something stupid. I know this from the look in his eyes. He is staring at me and is thinking how to politely say that I’m obviously suffering from some kind of delusion. He knows that he must be polite, because […]

Down the rabbit hole

Recently we received information indicating that it’s worth trying to use the virtual library. Books in the area of IT are quickly outdated. I thought, great idea! Our reliable reception desk angels contacted Safari Book and for a period of two weeks we conducted a trial with 20 users. Unfortunately, only two people have tried […]

Skeleton in the Closet

SCENE ONE Auditor: Have you had any work-related training? Employee: Oh yes! I’ve had lots of training. In fact, I’ve had so much training, that I’ve forgotten what I’ve been trained on! Auditor: Well, that’s good… All that training stuff will look good on your resume. Employee: (panic attack) Why? Does that mean I have […]