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 Books in the area of IT are quickly outdated.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 […]

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 […]