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Main Differences Between Traditional Functional Teams and Agile Teams

There are many differences between traditional functional teams and agile teams. Below I listed some that I think is part of the key differences between these two modes of team operation. Traditional Functional Teams… Are hierarchical. Some roles are subordinated and managed by other ones. Have functional boundaries that slow down the communication process, increasing […]

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The Difference Between Systems Thinking and Reductionist Thinking In Software Development

In software development, having a Systems Thinking approach means that you start from an event or a part of a system and tries to determine its connections or relationships to other parts or events. A Reductionist Thinking is when you break down a problem or task at hand into its simplest parts in order to […]

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How To Create JIRA Workflows – Beginners Guide

Creating workflows in JIRA might be a daunting task if you don’t get the foundation right. As a beginner, you need to understand first some basic concepts before implementing your first workflow or adjusting an existing one. I’ll share with you 3 easy steps to create your JIRA workflow. I’ll explain below these basic concepts […]

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When is the best time to have a meeting?

Deciding what is the best time of day for a meeting is not always easy. But you can learn how to make this task easier and more effective. And you’ll be surprised how easy it is to learn it. Do you remember when was the last time you stopped to think about what would be […]

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Deming’s 14 principles and Agile Software Development: A perfect match?

I read an article that drew my attention; the article was about W. Edwards Deming’s 14 key principles for management. Honestly, I don’t remember to have read Deming’s principles in the past, although I knew his work from my studies on Toyota’s Production System. So, I can say that this was the first time that […]

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You Don’t Lose Your Job. Your Company Loses You.

One of my fears was to leave my country and go to another country to learn about human development and technological entrepreneurship. I pointed out that this will imply into losing my current job and will affect my comfort levels (I was in the comfort zone). From everything above, I’d like to highlight the word […]

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A Frog or A Horse?

The way you see or understand a situation presented to you is based on the frame of reference you have at that moment in your brain. It doesn’t necessarily represent reality. What you get is an interpretation of the reality based on your beliefs and experience, your mindset.

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What Is A Feature Lead?

There’s a lot of resources explaining more in details many roles in IT, but one in particular I think it’s not well defined or explained. The Feature Lead. I have an overall idea of what this role should do and which behaviors or skills people on this role will have to develop or show in […]

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6 characteristics of complex systems and how they relate to modern software development

When I look back to my understanding of agile and lean software development, when I first came in contact with these topics years ago, I do realize that I missed it totally at that time. Now, some years later, I do think I have a better understanding about it to a point where I feel […]

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The Truth Is In The Past. How the UNIX design philosophy inspired nowadays software development

I watched Jez Humble’s talk at Agile 2017 and among many insights, one particular thing caught my attention. He based his continuous delivery philosophy on the UNIX design philosophy. I’m a big fan of UNIX and everything it powers nowadays. However, this connection between UNIX’s design philosophy and Jez’s Continuous Delivery approach was very intriguing […]

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