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This subject is something I have been thinking about a lot so I decided to write about different ways we can ask for and receive better feedback. Asking for feedback can help you shift your priorities, to spend time learning a new skill and even consider new things. Good feedback can definitively accelerate your growth.

Asking for feedback can be uncomfortable and also challenging for the other person because they might not know what you’re looking for and what they should share.

If your goal is to have a more holistic view, in addition to your company’s 360° periodic feedback loop, you can solicit additional feedback from different team members. Spending timing crafting the skill of asking for feedback will be worth it. So prepare, plan your sessions, and think about the questions and topics you can ask about to learn more. …


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We are always in meetings, talking with people, bringing them together, connecting the dots, and giving feedback. I know how hard it is. Sometimes you think the meeting went well, and everyone knows the next steps, and voilá, in the next sync nothing actually happened. What you thought was going to be done, didn’t get done. You and your team weren’t on the same page.

The Situation-Behavior-Impact (SBI) model can help you to deliver more effective and better feedback because it focuses on specific behaviors or even situations. …


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Language is one of the most powerful tools we have as human beings, and it’s extremely important to make sure we’re using it to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome. Therefore, we need to ensure that language evolves over the years so as to not exclude people.

It’s crucial to keep an open mind and understand that there’s always something we can do to better include marginalized groups so that they don’t feel discriminated against because of their culture, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, ethnicity, race or socioeconomic status.

This is a subject that I deeply care about so I decided to write about my thoughts and what I have been doing. The main goal of this post is to bring awareness and promote conversation so that we can benefit and learn from each other. …


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I have been talking with a bunch of friends and family members lately. It’s amazing to reconnect and help each other deal with this pandemic situation. A lot of people have been complaining about not being as productive as they used to be or even saying that they’re struggling.

The main thing we should keep in mind is that we’re not living in a normal situation. Everyone is trying to deal with the changes caused by this pandemic. We may be struggling in different areas, but the reality is that we’re all affected by this in different ways. …


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Regarding meetings, I believe, the fewer the better. At the same time, I really value an important meeting, it can be a game changer. I know the situation we’re living in right now is not ideal, it’s scary, and it can be hard to adapt.

I’m going to share some thoughts that can help not only during this pandemic, but hopefully for a long time. The more space in your calendar, the better. We are overloaded with meetings, every day, every week, sometimes half listening, sometimes wondering what are the action items or even why you were invited, it’s insane.

I’m sharing in this post a set of good practices for running and attending meetings, which are especially important since many of us are working remotely. Before scheduling a meeting, ask yourself do I really need this meeting or could this be accomplished via a document such as an email or a memo? Secondly, be prepared even if that means delaying the meeting for a couple of days. …


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I have always been fascinated by the 80/20 rule. At the same time, I didn’t know how to apply it in my life. Last year I read the 80/20 Principle, and this book opened my eyes a little more and gave me a better sense of how to apply the 80/20 rule in my professional life.

“How to 80/20 your work:

(1) Make a list of the 10 things you spend the most time on.

(2) Circle the two that truly drive your results. Do more of those.

(3) Look at the others. Eliminate ruthlessly. Automate or outsource what you can. …


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I love to test and try out new softwares. Throughout my career I have discovered some favorite softwares, and I’m always testing new tools. Since a bunch of people working from home due to the pandemic we’re living in right now, in this post I’m going to share a compilation of great tools for remote teams.

I’m accustomed to working from home, and the tools I use already account for remote work since my team is located globally. This is an important moment we’re living in, it’s scary. …


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During such an uncertain time and scary situation, I feel lucky to work for a company who takes care of its employees. Twitter has allowed its employees to work remotely for four weeks now, starting before the pandemic got worse in the U.S.

As an introvert, I love to stay at home, but I’m really missing my work colleagues and being in the office. I love a routine, and I have also realized that routine helps us to get going and gives a sense of normalcy. …


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I read about the Cone of Uncertainty when I was studying to get the Product Owner certification. I had never heard about this framework before, so of course, I decided to learn more about it and share here.

The basic concept of the Cone of Uncertainty was developed for engineering and construction in the chemical industry by the founders of the AACE International (American Association of Cost Engineers) according to Wikipedia.

“The primary purpose of software estimation is not to predict a project’s outcome; it is to determine whether a project’s targets are realistic enough to allow the project to be controlled to meet them” — Steve McConnell. …


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I’m one of those people who loves the New Year. I particularly like this idea of creating plans and especially renewing the energies for the new year and trying to be a better person. The New Year is the best time to reset and start again fresh and hopefully better.

It can feel like a fresh start, and it can be an amazing time to reflect on your life, create a plan to be better, and establish new routines that will help you to grow professionally and personally.

I have a ritual where I light a candle, put on some music and let it flow while I think about everything I want to accomplish in the next year. I’m going to share some strategies and mindsets that help me in making my plan for the new year! …

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