Sebastian Gebski

Being an Internet old-timer has some cons. I miss ol' good times when the word netiquette had some significance. Times have changed and [ ... long, sour rant here ;) ... ]. Nowadays people tend to use some Internet tools mindlessly, without caring how it affects other people work / time. E-mail is a great example.

Why a blog post about e-mail in particular? I've seen software dev projects screwed

Sebastian Gebski

This blog post is some kind of post-scriptum to something I've written quite recently: Not something completely new, just an additional remark, an important point I think I've missed then, but I find it important enough to shape another, short blog post just about that.

I'm probably stealing it from someone (may happen if you digest tons of books

Sebastian Gebski

It usually looks like that:

  1. Discussion seems fruitful, brainstorming normalizes & catches "the flow", people sync well & come up with a shared conclusion. Verbal statements happen. People nod in ecstasy. Deductions appear. People nod in ecstasy (again). And people diverge with a sense of a job well done ("We agreed. Totally.", "Great idea.", "Good that we're on the same page.").

    Days pass, nothing

Sebastian Gebski

Change is what I do. This is what I get paid for. Usually it's not just

"you're at A, get to B"

but more like

"we think you should be somewhere there, go figure out for yourself, then carve a path towards a better place, but make sure we'll think it better too"

which I'm cool with, of course. Changes may be very, very

Sebastian Gebski

Few days ago I've written a blog post about feature teams - I wasn't hiding that it was inspired by C. Larman's book about scaling Agile. Or rather by one of the chapters that I've found very interesting & thought-provoking. There's another excerpt I keep coming back to, because I've found it very genuine & important:

"The project manager became responsible for the coordination

Sebastian Gebski

Let's start with some bold statements:

  • Team that did shitty waterfall work will most likely do a shitty agile work too (you can freely substitute the word 'agile' with Lean Six Sigma, CMMI3+, XP or whatever)
  • Nice tools can make a noticeable impact (by improving morale, increasing dev agility, etc.), but even the best tool won't solve the actual, root problem you have with
Sebastian Gebski

"Doveryai, no proveryai." ("Trust, but verify.")

Ronald Reagan (to Mikhail Gorbachev)

Developing an enterprise-level software product is never easy ("thanks, Sherlock!") & clearly doesn't depend on pure programming skills only ("now you tell me?!"). That's why we have all those "processes", "activities", "methodologies", etc. Their shared (& sometimes indirect) purpose is to control whether things are proceeding in a correct direction, with a suitable

Sebastian Gebski

Honestly, I like to speak to a wider audience about cool things we (my team(s)) do. I don't think it's a typical show-off, even if it helps me, my collegues & my employer to strengthen personal or enterprise brand. What I love most is diving into details of solutions where we went for something really innovative and / or ambitious (that wasn't even tried

Sebastian Gebski

I've always wanted No Kill Switch to be 50% tech + 50% leadership+mgmt blog. But it just doesn't work out like that. I'll tell you a secret - I publish regularly twice a week, which is quite often, but I never struggle with finding a topic for the next blog post, quite the contrary: I always have like 4-5 unfinished blog posts that just

Sebastian Gebski

Self-governing, self-stating, self-managing, self-organizing TEAM.
Combined human potential. Direct interactions & co-operation. Simplifying communication routes.
Power to the (team) people.

Yes, that's right, agile approach promotes all the team-related statements listed above. Scrum team, in favorable circumstances, can perform magnificently without any kind of manager support (not mentioning one onboard). But does it mean that agile projects ...

... don't need managers at all?


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The subject of 10x engineers & their existence is back. Again. It's just the nicknames that change:

  • rockstar programmers
  • cowboy programmers
  • 10x engineers

Personally I thought that's not much to be said beyond what Scott Hanselman did here almost 1.5 yr ago, but the fire is still burning & sometimes the discussion drifts in very surprising directions:

  • 10x engineering is just about having
Sebastian Gebski

Straight to the point

On-line software services are everywhere: I do shopping, check map / route / timetable, order food, communicate, do financial operations, read books / news, watch movies, listen to music, play games - ALL OF THAT thanks to on-line software via Internet.

It all looks like sci-fi movies coming to reality: today we can do things we were not even able to imagine doable