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Jerzy Dörfler, Solutions Architect at PGS Software, will share his own experiences, discuss common problems with nearshoring and show you that taking a step back and talking to your partner about the real problem, improves the overall experience.
Reads of the Week
Although there is no shortage of reports on overall software testing trends, the state of testing at the organizational level—particularly at “household name” brands—has historically been a black box. On the one hand, large organizations often have access to resources far beyond the reach of smaller businesses...
"I'd rather get it wrong than not do it at all". These words started a powerful initiative within housing association United Welsh in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. They came from Lynda Sagona, the chief executive, and led to a deep and impactful series of words and deeds.
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Culture & People
One of the basic principles of the Agile approach is the ability of employees and teams to self-organize – to make independent decisions that facilitate progress, teamwork, and the development of the organization in the desired direction.
Through my years as a manager, I’ve been fortunate to work with truly amazing folks. I can count the number of people I’ve dreaded having 1:1s with on one hand.
In today’s culture where people don’t stay at jobs longer than a few years, this might sound like an odd thing to focus on, however there are still plenty of ‘old-timers’ in companies and it’s important that they feel engaged and stay motivated. So what can you do?
Picture this: you just landed the Product Management (PM) job of your dreams. On day one, you meet your partner-in-crime Engineering Manager (EM) at your new gig. Before you know it, you’ve been assigned your first problem to solve. Now, it’s time to get to work.
Leadership & Self-management
I recently left the country. On vacation. It wasn’t like an on-the-run type of situation. And I did something that I’ve never been able to successfully do before—I didn’t check my email once.
The availability heuristic explains why winning an award makes you more likely to win another award. It explains why we sometimes avoid one thing out of fear and end up doing something else that’s objectively riskier. It explains why governments spend enormous amounts of money mitigating risks we’ve already faced.
I have found it useful to bear these in mind while I coach. I’ve passed them on in various forms to people who are learning how to be better leaders, and suggest that leaders pass them on too. These are contextual, which means… well, they’re not actually rules.
Chatting with a friend recently, they asked a question that I’ve spent time wondering about as well, “Can senior leaders have friends at work?” It’s reductive to pretend there’s one universal answer to this question, but most folks find it increasingly challenging to have friends at work a
There’s a lot to learn from trees: with their roots firmly planted in the ground and branches reaching out in all directions, project managers can draw inspiration from these wonders of nature.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Recently a bunch of teams I work with have turned the corner, having paid down technical debt to a long-term sustainable level. The future unfurls with possibility. We can do anything. That’s exciting! It can also be pretty disorienting.
Developers deal with technical debt every day, and they know how to prevent and manage it better than anyone else. Here’s just some of what they had to say. Plenty of people have written about technical debt.
To find blind spots, look at the assumptions your team makes about what they’re building and how they build it. Look at the pressures and constraints the team is under, too. Imagine what risks the team might be facing, and what they might falsely believe to be true, then investigate to see if your guess is right.
Data store migrations can be complex, especially if the application cannot afford to have maintenance downtime. We will explore some strategies that can help you navigate the complexity. In our case, it was a migration from a NoSQL data store, DynamoDB into a relational data store, MySQL.
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