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Aren't "rats" racing too little these days?

Aren't "rats" racing too little these days?

What's a rat race? I think I've heard this term for the first time in 2003, when I've joined a company with more than a few programmers on board for the very first time. The shortest definition I can come…

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The benefit of layering goals

The benefit of layering goals

I've always been praising the value of maintaining a stable rhythm (cadence) of the software delivery - frequent, regular, habitual, nearly continuous. That's why as a Kanban aficionado I've never minded the concept of a sprint - and in particular…

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Aren't we, developers, bored to death with our work?

Aren't we, developers, bored to death with our work?

Let me start with some observations: the most popular tech meet-up talks are about the most hard-core, niche, infrastructure-level optimisations & techniques - while 97% people in the audience never encounters any practical scenario these apply to (e.g. web…

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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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Having your soul in the game

Having your soul in the game

TL;DR Every independently thinking person can easily recognize all the enterprise talks regarding "engagement", "motivation" & "ownership" as stinking pile of worthless, corporate rubbish. Neither knowledge nor creative workers can be so easily…

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What makes a Software Engineer (feel) successful?

What makes a Software Engineer (feel) successful?

TL;DR We spend ridiculous amount of time on verifying job candidates' technical proficiency, analytical thinking, communication skills, but we rarely ask them for what they really aim for. Companies enforce their career models & internal goals / definitions of success…

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