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Effectiveness VS efficiency: the cultural aspect

Effectiveness VS efficiency: the cultural aspect

The dualism of effectiveness & efficiency (some would even say: the dichotomy (!))  is one of the most favourite topics of all Lean aficionados, Kanbanistas & other Agile-minded peeps (including prophets of Scrum ...). To be frank I've written about it on…

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Marines, Soldiers & Gendarmes. Which ones do you need?

Marines, Soldiers & Gendarmes. Which ones do you need?

This is a blog post about blitzscaling, difference between marines & soldiers & police officers, which of them are getting the shit done, why do the "code ninjas" & "programming rockstars" fail and how you can turn that all into…

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Going an extra mile - about motivation & pressure

Going an extra mile - about motivation & pressure

In this blog post you'll read about ... where does the motivation come from, why direct pushing doesn't motivate us (for real), what is "the runway method", whether it's OK to stretch beyond 40h/week (50h? 60h?), why software…

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Principles ARE important (& useful)

Principles ARE important (& useful)

By reading this article you'll learn that: not everything that appears as pep talk is a brainwash, you can be a Moses (& carve some stone tablets) for your team, why 10 commandments are better than "Chairman's Mao Little…

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Boiling Frogs - about lowering your standards to mediocrity

Boiling Frogs - about lowering your standards to mediocrity

TL;DR Poor (in terms of engineering culture standards) work environment doesn't just impact negatively the end products (quality, fit-for-purpose), development process (effectiveness, efficiency) & people morale - it can also deteriorate their skills, attititudes, long-term motivations. One with high…

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Tool Dysfunction. To The Rescue.

Tool Dysfunction. To The Rescue.

TL;DR Software development units are not really as simple (and linear) as the conveyor belts, so they should not be treated as such. But when in pit of despair, starting with some simple structure (that can be at last…

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