Management

Routine vs. Creativity: 3 practices for your product team

You can’t just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people and get the best out of them. Ken Robinson The ability to create something new, to get new business started, break boundaries with bold ideas or redefine the existing standards are among the …

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Motivation is a marathon. 3 ideas to experiment with

The question of How to keep your team motivated pops up in various discussions with managers. The reasons vary, but with the increasing generation gap (think Millenials are coming), learning this is a process that requires adjustment. Feedback helps us adjust the work behaviour and keeps the motivation level high. Gathering knowledge across a couple of years, …

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Agility implies Craftsmanship

This article was published first in Today Software Magazine, no 16. Below it’s the full version. The authors are Alexandru Bolboaca and Adrian Bolboaca.   In 2001, a group of people unpleased about the state of software development gathered in a mountain ski resort from Utah. One thing leading to another, they started discussing about the industrial methods applied at the …

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Challenge the way you work. New techniques to try on (I)

Challenge the way you work. Stay happy & productive!  My colleagues, advising or coaching teams to be happy and productive, listen and learn constantly about the challenges they have during the day-to-day activity. In the next series of articles, we share with you practical solutions to common challenges encountered when developing software products, as well as new techniques to help …

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We don’t need more programmers

A simplistic idea started spreading for the past years in Romania, and I’ve met it to a lower extent in other European countries as France, Germany, UK, etc. Companies noticed they have a developer crisis. The simplistic solution: the universities and the industry should produce more developers. I believe this solution to be completely off …

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Effectively improve your meetings using the Perfection Game

Improvement ideas for future actions come from lessons learnt. Perfection game is one of the techniques used to express our opinions. It is a non-violent and action-focused technique, that can be used to get feedback. It can also be used as a retrospective technique or to help teams to self organize. Here’s how it goes: Each interested person …

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5 Duties of a Technical Leader: Develop People

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been” — Henry A. Kissinger How does a technical leader act in a company with empowered teams? I believe all leaders must attend to five fundamental duties: demonstrate character, clarify direction, solve problems, increase motivation and develop people. This blog post describes the fifth duty: improving …

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5 Duties of a Technical Leader: Increase Motivation

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. — Nikos Kazantzakis How does a technical leader act in a company with empowered teams? This blog post is part of a series that tries to answer that question. I believe all leaders must attend to five fundamental duties: demonstrate character, clarify direction, solve problems, increase motivation …

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