Sebastian Gebski

TL;DR - time is the only resource we can't get back or recover, so I've perfected my way to optimise its (personal) utilization. But I've went too far - as it has appeared, over-tuning own life has several negative consequences I wasn't aware of. Learn from my mistakes.

These of you who know me in person now that I'm 100% sane ;). I have

Sebastian Gebski

TL;DR - 2016 in Technology failed to impress me; personally I missed building stuff (that matters), so I've quit (but not rage-quit ;>) my job few days ago. 2017 will be make or break.

It's January of 2017 already, everyone's making summaries, so how could I resist the overwhelming temptation of making my own one? :)

My 2016 in a (very) few numbers

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Sebastian Gebski

Another year has passed - it's the highest time to review what has happened in the past 12 months & presumably draw some conclusions for future (yes, I tend to do New Year resolutions & I don't treat them lightly) - to avoid excessive exhibitionism, I'll keep the personal stuff for myself, while publishing only universal stuff that you may find interesting.

Client-side development

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Btw. I wonder how many people would associate the quote with the character without the title pic these days ;)

When it comes to team endeavours (projects, etc.), there are few, critical factors that play major role in succeeding ... or failing:

  • shared understanding of the goal
  • aligned priorities & ability to work as a group
  • skills, abilities, knowledge, resources (sometimes more, sometimes less)
  • good will,
Sebastian Gebski

The Formula

IMHO tech skills are 10% talent + 20% engineering common-sense + 20% theoretical knowledge + 50% practical experience. If I've under-estimated any of these, it's most likely (still) the practical experience.

Needless to say - it's not ANY practical experience. Going through tutorials on every possible topic is still something, but to actually learn & improve, you have to challenge yourself:

  • to learn something new
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Personally I'm a huge fan of information radiators - I love the idea of full transparency & exposing vital, key information on continuously updated, automatically generated (from the single source of truth) dashboards. The benefits of information radiators have always been striking me with their obviousness:

  • building mutual relation of trust on being fully transparent
  • sharing the big picture on varying levels of detail,
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The soft stuff is the hard stuff, everyone knows that. Looking at IT projects I've seen personally / learned some details from people I trust, majority of ones that have failed, did so due to reasons absolutely not related to technology, but social interactions and communication. If you work with people for a bit, it's not that hard to imagine. What's more surprising (at least

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I'm a hopeless case of a typical bookworm - I don't read books, I just devour them. Fiction, non-fiction, tech: everything. In general people in the industry acknowledge the fact that we're supposed to keep learning or we're out of business (and books can help a lot here), but I keep hearing such statements every now & then:

"Knowledge in books gets outdated before