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What I've learned about career development (*) (**)

What I've learned about career development (*) (**)

(*) in software development (**) during almost 20 years of professional journey Career development ain't easy. There's no single path - equally right for everyone. It's highly contextual, dependent on individual strengths, advantages ... and aspirations. And of course, there's the luck factor…

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Bias for action - a prescription for chaos or ...

Bias for action - a prescription for chaos or ...

Have you noticed how easy it is ... ... to sabotage an idea/initiative? By inventing countless "special cases to consider" (of the negligible meaning) and potential weak spots (to prove that the solution ain't perfect). By triggering more and more "what-about"…

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The unobvious benefits of a tête-à-tête with ... mechanical engineering

The unobvious benefits of a tête-à-tête with ... mechanical engineering

I bought a bicycle a few months ago. Nothing really extravagant, it cost less than 700 EUR - which is enough to acquire solid two wheels and a bit of proper equipment (full aluminum frame, Shimano Sora groupset, hydraulic disc…

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Stacking projects upon product development (is wrong)

Stacking projects upon product development (is wrong)

Pros and cons of both product-oriented and project-oriented development are well known, but some companies try to mix both paradigms, apparently to get the best of both worlds. How does it look alike in practice? Does it make sense? What…

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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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