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Learn like a toddler AKA "The Super Mario effect"

Learn like a toddler AKA "The Super Mario effect"

How do you learn and expand your skills since you've graduated and started your professional career? Obviously, a blog post is a one-way communication, so I don't know your answer, but let me tell you what I expect. Generalizing a…

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Interviewing the "passé" way (for a reason)

Interviewing the "passé" way (for a reason)

When it comes to recruitment interviews, there's an overwhelmingly popular opinion (on the Internet) that one should test candidates in conditions that do resemble real-life work scenarios as much as possible. Tasks & challenges should mimic the ones that the…

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Wicked problems

Wicked problems

I still remember some of the (written down) expectations I faced when I joined a high-profile consultancy in 2001. One of them was: "to effectively solve poorly-defined problems"The "poorly-defined" is the interesting part here. But at that point in…

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Clarity. It makes a difference.

Clarity. It makes a difference.

Picking your next professional endeavor ain't easy. There's plenty of advice regarding that on the Internet. Usually, this topic is covered from junior's perspective - how to choose your first job, what to avoid, what kind of questions to ask…

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When simplicity is not an option

When simplicity is not an option

One of the most valuable lessons I've ever learned (when it comes to building software) was: "Keep it simple, as simple (boring) stuff usually works best".It's usually accompanied with some sort of complexity consideration: what's essential (inherent) complexity and…

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The flow, "good game" and Kobayashi Maru

The flow, "good game" and Kobayashi Maru

Disclaimer: these considerations (especially the "good game" parallel) have been somehow inspired & provoked by the excellent book - "The Art of Leadership" authored by Michael Lopp. Highly recommended. I've always been a total "flow" junkie. Oh my god, it…

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