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What do good Engineering Managers do? They taste the soup

What do good Engineering Managers do? They taste the soup

Sometimes you encounter a striking figure of speech, comparison or just a metaphor that illustrates some concept in a much better way than anything you knew until now. It's so good you can't let it get unnoticed. In my case,…

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Anti-pattern: Jira as a (cross-team) communication tool

Anti-pattern: Jira as a (cross-team) communication tool

People are super-creative when it comes to using tools - in a good and ... not-so-good sense. Sometimes they dig out incredible new scenarios the tool's creators never thought about, but sometimes they twist, exploit and spoil good intentions for the…

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Tech Debt is an unfortunate abstraction, let's not use it

Tech Debt is an unfortunate abstraction, let's not use it

Disclaimer: this blog post was triggered/inspired by an article you can find here. I strongly encourage you to get familiar with it - whatever I put below is built on it as a foundation, so all the kudos go…

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The Champions League, winning factor and full diapers

The Champions League, winning factor and full diapers

(no, this is NOT a blog post about football)Yesterday, Legia - currently the best football team in Poland (no, I'm not their fan, so I have no emotional attachment towards them) has dropped of the Champions League (CL) qualifications…

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A recruitment interview ain't no quiz show

A recruitment interview ain't no quiz show

The recruitment interviews I host aren't pure practice. One of the stages I explicitly distinguish is called "engineering background check". Some do call it "the theoretical part" (because I ask candidates to explain a particular term to me), but it's…

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The dictate of "old juniors"

The dictate of "old juniors"

I believe everyone is familiar with the popular saying that one can have 10 years of experience or 10 x 1 (the same) year of professional experience. If you don't get the difference - it's all about being exposed to…

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