A few weeks ago, as part of my regular 121s with the team, I decided to ask them the question “What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself trying to get to where you are today in half the time?”. Now, this is typically a question that I would ask a mentor of mine, not that my mentor would ask me. However, I decided to try this question as a self-reflecting question for a change, and the results were pretty amazing as you will see.
Ultimately, I think this exercise is not something most of us would…
Creating a roadmap can be a challenging task. I can’t really say I am an expert on the matter, but have done it a couple of times. The most recent one, I put together a workshop that got fairly positive feedback and so I’m sharing it for the benefit of anyone interested.
This post describes a pragmatic approach to creating a roadmap for half a year, but can be extrapolated to cover whatever time period you need. …
This post was originally intended as a compilation of suggestions to promote a “one remote, all remote” approach to meetings. That is, instead of using room equipment that can make the experience less than ideal for remote attendees, if one person joins remotely, everyone does.
During COVID-19 lockdown, I’ve confirmed with my team that all of these apply to a full remote setup as well.
Also, as we start going back to “normality”, some people will return to the office from day one, while others will stay home for a bit longer. As a result, hybrid team configurations, like the…
Have you ever struggled evaluating the performance of your direct reports? Or have you been surprised in your performance evaluation meeting with your manager? In this post I’ll explain a different approach and will give you some tips and guidelines to implement it yourself.
As managers, it is important to provide support and guidance in regards to performance so that people continue to improve and grow. And this should be happening regardless of the performance assessment cycle.
Let me start by trying to show you why I think this technique is for you, and also why Continuous Performance Assessment matters…
In an attempt to lighten the mood a bit during this difficult time, I put together a new retrospective technique inspired by the latest developments on COVID-19 and what we know about how to fight it. Keep reading if you want to know more.
Like in previous posts, I use miro as a virtual whiteboard. This is now more important than ever given the lockdown restrictions in most countries around the world, so chances are that your team is working fully remotely at the minute.
Divide the board in 6 sections like in the image below.
Saint Patrick’s Day is around the corner. The 17th of March is celebrated in green and gold all around the world. I thought it might be fun to design a retrospective based on this festivity.
I use miro as a virtual whiteboard. It’s a visual collaboration tool that makes it very easy for remote teams to share and organise ideas. Perfect for retrospectives!
If this is not your first retrospective, take 5 minutes to review actions for previous ones.
Divide the board in three sections like in the image below.
This post is heavily based on https://martinfowler.com/articles/on-pair-programming.html (38 min read). That is, however, a very long (yet very good) article. For those of us that can’t or don’t want to afford spending that long, I collated its main points and added a few twists of my own. I hope it’s useful.
According to some studies e.g. https://collaboration.csc.ncsu.edu/laurie/Papers/XPSardinia.PDF, some of the most significant benefits of pair programming are:
Today I’ll show you how to deploy your static website to S3, and how you can configure a custom domain with Route 53 and enable HTTPS (why wouldn’t you) with CloudFront. Keep reading to find out more!
Even though this information is available in the AWS documentation, I ran into different problems when setting it up for my own website. Hopefully this runbook will help someone else as well.
In this post I will show you how to build a minimalist theme for Hugo.
Hugo is written in Go, but you do not need to install it for now.
hugo new site example
hugo new theme exampleTheme
themesfolder with a
exampleThemesubfolder, the folder structure should look like this
. ├── archetypes │ └── default.md ├── config.toml ├── content ├── data ├──…
Following up from the last article about managing low performers, this time I will talk about the other side of the coin, high performers. But first, we need to understand what they are.