Water Cooler Culture

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A while ago, I got to visit a software company experiencing post-startup phase. The moment in which the business is no longer small enough for everybody to know each other, yet it’s still too small to have the usual inclinations towards corporate…

On My Sex Change

Unwillingly, I rolled down the window. Police officer standing by my vehicle introduced himself in a regulatory way and then moved into the essentials: - You were driving a bit fast… - Yes, I know - I was sincere, which wasn’t necessarily…

Man With a Hammer

If you have enough agile practitioners in your social network, it’s almost certain that you will notice someone posting an article on team development. In majority of cases, it will be based on research done by Bruce Tuckman in the 1960s.…

Blissful Ignorance

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Sometime last year, when I still allowed myself to mindlessly surf the web every now and then, I stumbled onto really weird photo. While it’s easier to find something like this than something worthwhile, this one was really odd. It showed,…

Measuring Agile Transformation

About two weeks ago, during Q&A session following Let's Manage IT event in Łódź, I was asked a great question - how to measure progress of Agile transformation. Short answer - don't measure it, as you're missing the point. For a touch…

Bliss of Failure

Ever since I started running, my friends encouraged me to participate in competitions. Exactly two years ago, on 9th of April 2016, I did precisely that. Just a 5k run across one of the largest local parks. How hard could it be? That depends. It…

Never Wish Luck

Yesterday, I participated in a half-marathon. Many of my friends, relatives, and close ones wished me luck. With all the best intentions they had, their approach was wrong. Never wish luck to anyone. It is external. By definition, it’s…

Best Books On Leadership

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I am an avid reader. From quantum physics, via business, to sport psychology - and beyond, if I get my grasp on a book, I’m on it. And the further I go, the more often I’m disappointed. It’s actually hard to find a good book nowadays.…

Step Over Procrastination

According to at least a few of wacky internet calendars, last Sunday was World’s Procrastination Day. It’s obvious then, why I put off publishing this article till this morning. I’m actually surprised I didn’t wait until tomorrow. Jokes…

Downsides of Early Rising

If you ever received an instant message or email from me, you know why it’s important to mute your phone notifications before going to bed. I rarely reply to evening messages later than at 4:30 AM, which leads to a conclusion that I wake up…

Why Scrum Masters Have No Idea What They Do?

When I get to stage to talk about anything related to Scrum, you can expect me to do a few things. Sometimes I prove that most Agile companies are actually working waterfall style. In other cases, I ridicule the concept of becoming proficient…

Minimum Viable Agile

For years, I have lived in a belief that complex problems require complex solutions. If we’d like to hugely improve our business with agile, we should use some complicated framework, with multitude of tools, approaches, and processes designed…