How to write SOLID dev resume to be 2018 STAR

I've been coaching IT people with their job search and resume writing since the end of November. And I've noticed that a lot of us struggle (and yes, I do too) with writing this scary piece of paper. So here is the compilation of the knowledge and most common tips I gave so far. KISS … Continue reading How to write SOLID dev resume to be 2018 STAR

A bunch of individuals doesn’t make a team

A team sport Last year I've finally obtained the certificate of competency authorizing me to operate sailing yachts so I've spent a part of my long vacation on a boat. I love sailing. Sailing is pretty much about the experience and learning the right skills. Every moment on the water is different, and it's important … Continue reading A bunch of individuals doesn’t make a team

If you were hit by a bus tomorrow would your project be dead in the water?

If you were hit by a bus tomorrow... If you were hit by a bus tomorrow (knock on wood) would your project get stuck? I still remember when one I worked on did. Well, I wasn't exactly hit by the bus, but from the project standpoint, it was close enough. We worked on an important … Continue reading If you were hit by a bus tomorrow would your project be dead in the water?

Estimates & different points of view. Business vs developers

I made an estimate... I took part in many projects, but there is one I particularly remember... As soon as I joined the team technical lead gave me a white paper with requirements and asked for estimates of a new functionality. Totally new. I was asked to estimate a chunk of the system (I had … Continue reading Estimates & different points of view. Business vs developers

Inking and thinking in software development

It's not the ink—it's the think “It's not the ink—it's the think,” wrote Robert Mankoff (New Yorker cartoon editor), answering to the question how to get ideas for cartoons by people who want to submit them to The New Yorker. "There really is no trick—you just have to think of them" he said. It's the same in creating … Continue reading Inking and thinking in software development

Developer cut in pieces

How to divide a resource? Wood Take the wood Take 50% to build dollhouse Take 30% to build a garage Take 20% to build a toy car Now you have 3 pieces of wood and you can quickly deliver three wooden toys. Software developer Take software developer Assign 50% to project A (head) Assign 30% to project … Continue reading Developer cut in pieces

Slides: How to care about software project?

Thanks everyone for attending my presentation. If you have any questions or just want to talk over a cup of coffee don't hesitate to contact me via your favorite means (I'm social!) Here are the slides from my presentation (available also on Speaker Deck). And a short summary of what it was about if you missed … Continue reading Slides: How to care about software project?

Developer interrupted: The cost of “One minute”

Imagine what happens when you approach the developer in a middle of that task? Now, if you think he/she can pick up where he/she stopped you couldn't possibly be more wrong.

What should you know about a human side of code review?

Imagine yourself sitting in front of a compiler, tasked with fixing a small bug. But you know that as soon as you say "I'm finished," another developer - or worse, your boss - will be examining your work. How do you feel? Anxious or encouraged? As software engineers, we take pride in our work (as well … Continue reading What should you know about a human side of code review?

The Benefits Of Kanban board (even) outside an agile project.

My company uses IBM DOORS connector for JIRA to simplify requirements tracking process. However, the way requirements are transferred to JIRA from DOORS makes it hard to say what the requirement is about. So when I was looking for a way to view the actual requirement my project manager told me about a possibility to … Continue reading The Benefits Of Kanban board (even) outside an agile project.