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The best estimates we have

It was a late winter afternoon. Most of the people have already left the office or were about to do so. I was heading to my lab after having a tasty late lunch in our cafeteria. (Ok, I should call it just the late lunch.) I was hoping to get an hour or two of […]

My travel from Wroclaw to the UK in a Van

Some of you by now know that I am not longer working in the Polish office but have moved to the UK and am now working from the UK Office in a new role as onsite co-ordinator. What this role includes I might describe in a later post. However, since the posts on our blog […]

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 […]

Successful Jira introduction

So here is the thing: a lot of companies use Jira, but only some of them do it right, why is that? I have a story to tell. We have just introduced Jira as a core system, and it took us 6 months, not counting conceptual phase. The story is long, and it is not possible […]

Gamestorming – a light in the tunnel

Have you ever had the necessity to meet a quite big group of people and achieve a common goal? If so, than you probably know that it is not an easy thing. It is not easy to get every person’s opinion, it is not easy to achieve a compromise, not to mention achieving win-win situation. […]

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 […]

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 […]

LinkedIn Spam (and how I fought back!)

Okay, I have to admit that most of the times when I get an invite for LinkedIn that I first perform the following steps if I do not know the inviter personally: 1) is there a profile picture, 2) does the inviter have more than 50 connections, 3) is his/her profile completely filled in, and […]