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7 Languages – Ruby

Not long ago I bought Seven Languages in Seven Weeks from the Pragmatic Bookshelf (electronic, of course ;-) with the sole aim of learning new languages I can then exploit to produce code in myriad forms and shapes. I asked in Twitter for recommendations of books that a geeky developer like me should read and

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TDD and Internal Transformation

Many have gone through the agony of a Scrum transformation and noticed that revolution is hard. It requires a lot from the people involved but at the same time it is mostly adapting to new surroundings, to the new way of collaborating and making work visible. Agile methods come with the implicit expectation that you

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Read as much as you can!

Learn from others who have been there before you. There is plenty of advice and experience reports out there. I am currently following 54 different blogs and I here by provide the links in OPML-format (xml-file). Save yourself some time of harvesting good blogs and import this file into your google reader :-)

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Where are you 3 years from now?

Every CEO in the world should be able to answer this question immediately “Where is your company in 3 years from now?”. If they can’t, find a new CEO. Do you have a professional plan? If not, why? Are just a career driftwood? Everyone should have a plan (not too detailed though). Think about it,

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Let your brain breath!

How do you foster, grow and facilitate innovation? It’s a question that plaques many but few have found the answer. We appear at work at 8 and leave before 17, so that we don’t exceed the golden constant pace of 80% of our performance. But how can one feel free to innovate within such a

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I would read that book but, …

Every time I read an interesting book I try to usher others to at least skim the book before declining to read it. Almost every time my gentle suggestions get turned down. There are numerous reasons for not reading that book, here are the most common ones: It is work related, why would I want

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Introducing new roles

Usually when an organization takes the path of an agile transformation, they have to revise the roles they used to have. Previous project managers are now product owners with new tasks and responsibilities. There are scrummasters without real power and then there are teams consisting of people with mixed backgrounds. There might even be an

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Applying Kaizen into yourself

I have spent countless hours thinking about personal motivation and enthusiasm and how big role they play in individual improvement. When you are enthusiastic about something you are at an excellent position to absorb as much new knowledge about that subject as possible. Use this opportunity and improve yourself. Try to take conscious steps to

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The importance of inspiring co-workers

Everyone has stepped into their office feeling that they would rather be somewhere else. We get mired in our daily work from time to time. You can do much by yourself with self-guidance. For example, turn the situation upside-down and think how well you can do your boring chores. Do them with excel! This does

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Large Systems and Scrum

“Release early, release often” goes the Scrum mantra. What to do when the system to be released seems to be too big for that? I have identified just two ways. Big Bang -release Small incremental releases The problem with a big bang release is that it requires a lot of synchronization. I mean a lot.

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