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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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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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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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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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Diversity and the art of team-building

Diversity and the art of team-building

Diversity is "the word" in the software development industry these days. The FAANGs do advocate it. Plenty of high profile IT people ("celebrities") support it. There are folks who pretty much make a living out of evangelising it (and hunting…

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