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St. Maximilian – patron saint for startupers and entrepreneurs

I invite you to join me in supporting an interesting initiative – a petition to the Pope to declare St. Maximilian Kolbe a patron saint for startupers and entrepreneurs. You may have heard of St. Maximilian death – he offered to die himself instead of another prisoner in the German concentration camp in Auschwitz during

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A letter to Scrum Masters

Dear Scrum Master! Being a Professional Scrum Trainer, agile coach & consultant for a while I had a chance to work with around a thousand Scrum Masters across different organizations. I see recurring patterns of misunderstanding and misapplication of Scrum usually visible in how Scrum Masters act. Based on that experience I want to share

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Startup development offshoring/outsourcing – a research

You may be wondering why am I interested in startup offshoring/outsourcing to CEE? Let me explain. For the large part of my professional life so far I was involved in startups. One of those startups is Code Sprinters, a company I did start in 2007 that is now the leading provider of training, consulting and

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Be careful with models

It is important to understand that a model is not the reality. It is rather – by definition – a scaled down and simplified version of the reality it represents. Models are useful, because reality is too complex for us to comprehend it directly. Simplification – limiting the number of variables and cause-effect chains –

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Three things you can do today to be a better leader

You are a manager, a team lead or in other leadership position and you want to be a better leader? Here are three things you can do to improve your leadership. Get out of your office If by any chance your current position came with a private office get out of it. If only you

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The Business Manifesto

The Agile Manifesto has spawned a whole slew of methods & practices that took the IT industry by storm. We have a second wave of change coming close on agile’s heels – the New Wave of Management inspired by thinkers like Jurgen Appelo and Steve Denning. Numerous trainers, coaches and “gurus” talk about such things

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The Triangle of Self-Organization

One of the key aspects of contemporary management is the emphasis on self-organizing, empowered teams. In this article I discuss self-organization more in depth. First, the name itself is slightly misleading. Self-organization is not something that happens spontaneously – it emerges only if certain conditions are present. I call them the “Triangle of Self-organization”. First

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Technical Debt explanation for businessmen

I was recently asked by a businessman to explain the concept of technical debt – and why it matters to him. He owns a middle-sized company that has nothing to do with IT except as a client/user. The text below was inspired by that discussion. Software quality can be divided into two major aspects: functional

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Rekindling the flame

Someone commented on one of my earlier posts that keeping the work fun and engaging is possible only with exceptional people. I don’t agree. There are millions of people who come to work every day not because they like what they do, but because they need to earn money to keep themselves afloat in the

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Practical advice – physical environment

I usually write here about leadership and management, but this time I want to share some practical advice. A while ago I started writing a book about the environment agile teams need to flourish. I write in on a platform called LeanPub – its key differentiation is that you can there publish before your book

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