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The Art of Worldly Wisdom, maxims 1 to 50

On November 17, 2018 in currently reading 4 minutes read

About the book Baltasar Gracián Y Morales (1601-1658) was born in Calatayud, Aragon, Spain. His works aimed at instructing princes and, consequently, display a certain deviousness and preoccupation with the exercise of power. 300 aphorisms were extracted from his works and published as “The Art of Worldly Wisdom”, a manual...

Made to Stick, ch. 1 to 5

On November 11, 2018 in currently reading 6 minutes read

About the Book If not communicated artfully, even the most insightful, revolutionary and brilliant idea might be ignored and forgotten. This book is a manual on how to make ideas “stick”, so that they are understood and have a lasting impact, changing the audience’s opinions or behaviour. While traditional methods...

Psychological Safety

On October 11, 2018 in peopleware 2 minutes read

People are not afraid of failure, they're afraid of blame - Seth Godin Introduction Coined by Harvard Professor Amy Edmondson, Psychological Safety has been found to be at the heart of great teams. She defines psychological safety as “a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking”...

Radical Candor

On October 10, 2018 in peopleware 4 minutes read

This book by Kim Scott promotes the idea that a successful leader is both blunt and empathetic at the same time (radically candid, but caring at the same time). She is not a tyrant, and not a sensitive quiet type either. Types of feedback “The source of everything respectable in...

Coaching

On September 14, 2018 in agile 3 minutes read

Competencies In the Adventure with Agile webinar on Agile Coaching (recording available on YouTube) Agile Coaching is defined by the following framework of competencies: Agile-Lean Practitioner: Ability to learn and deeply understand Agile frameworks and Lean principles, not only at the level of practices, but also at the level of...

Turkish

On September 13, 2018 in learning 1 minutes read

My approach to learning languages, which worked for me better than others when learning Turkish . Background I struggled with Turkish on and off for a couple years. I never took classes, but used Duolingo and Memrise extensively. The benefits were limited. Yet, I finally figured out a better approach...

Mindmapping STAR

On September 11, 2018 in interviewing 3 minutes read

This is how I prepare for interviews. Background Over the years, I have accumulated a lot of experiences. Unfortunately, whenever I am asked a “Tell Me About a Time…” question I tend to draw a blank and forget all of them. In addition, over the years, due to the way...

Design Thinking

On September 10, 2018 in entepreneurship 1 minute read

Design Thinking helps you come up with new ideas and validate them quickly. The steps are the following: Discovery (Analysis, divergent): Generate a lot of possible options Definition (Synthesis, convergent): Prioritise and focus on only a few options Development (Analysis, divergent): Build a few prototypes to test your idea Delivery...

Scrum

On September 10, 2018 in agile 5 minutes read

Introduction Scrum is not a process, technique, or definitive method. Rather, it is a framework within which you can employ various processes and techniques. Scrum makes clear the relative efficacy of your product management and work techniques so that you can continuously improve the product, the team, and the working...

Undone Work

On September 8, 2018 in agile 2 minutes read

I received this question via email: Our sprints seem to run like mini-waterfalls, with full end-to-end testing being required at the end. We are using TDD and have many automated checks within our codebases. However, our domain is mobile apps and therefore shipping will always be a high-ceremony process for...

Virtues

On September 4, 2018 in humanness 1 minute read

Only twenty years old, Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues defined a set of virtues he would reflect on and practice, focusing on one each week. The virtues are: Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation. Order....

Product Market Fit

On September 4, 2018 in entepreneurship 1 minute read

Notes from Peter Rheinhart’s How to Find Product Market Fit. Seeking Product Market Fit Kill bad ideas fast Stay lean to prolong your runway Talk to customers What problem do they have Why haven’t they solved it Separate pitching and exploring Iterate on the product Don’t shift audience and product...

Idea to Launch

On September 4, 2018 in entepreneurship 1 minutes read

Quick notes on the first steps in launching a new company. Step 1: Ideate Goal: Pick an idea or to validate with potential customers. Create an idea list Define the business metrics, effort to ROI ratio and pick an idea (or 2 really good ones) Image the product that would...

SOLID

On September 3, 2018 in software development 1 minute read

SOLID are five basic principles which help create good software architecture. SOLID is an acronym where: S stands for SRP (Single responsibility principle): A class should take care of only one responsibility. O stands for OCP (Open closed principle): Extension should be preferred over modification. L stands for LSP (Liskov...

CAP

On September 3, 2018 in software development 1 minute read

In theoretical computer science, the CAP theorem states that it is impossible for a distributed computer system to simultaneously provide all three of the following guarantees: Consistency (all nodes see the same data at the same time) Availability (a guarantee that every request receives a response about whether it succeeded...

ACID

On September 3, 2018 in software development 1 minutes read

ACID is a set of properties that you would like to apply when modifying a database. Atomicity Consistency Isolation Durability A transaction is a set of related changes which is used to achieve some of the ACID properties. Transactions are tools to achieve the ACID properties. Atomicity means that you...

Writing

On September 3, 2018 in productivity 1 minute read

This blog is hosted on GitHub Pages via Jekyll; Jekyll made it really easy to organise my blog the way I wanted it, automating many small tasks that save me a lot of time. For the CSS I used a theme called ReMarkdown. All typing is done via Atom Beta;...

Reading

On September 3, 2018 in productivity 1 minute read

I am a long time subscriber of Hacker News Digest: I skim the articles’ titles 2 or 3 times a day, pick the most interesting and track them on Pocket. For keeping myself up to date on world news I read the Economist Espresso. I also like theSkimm, which is...

Hacks

On September 3, 2018 in productivity 5 minutes read

From 20 Productivity Hacks from Redfin’s Chief Growth Officer: Set deadlines and then work backwards: Sometimes folks dive into a complicated project without thinking about when they need to get it done. If there’s no deadline, your project will drift. Or you’ll choose a more complex approach that will take...

System Design

On September 3, 2018 in interviewing 2 minutes read

An algorithm for solving system design interviews: Requirements Extract use cases Understand: Users x Performances x ACID x CAP Math Data in (Concurrency) X Data out Latency x Throughput Main bottlenecks Availability Performance (Response time, Scalability, CPU / IO / Network bound applications) Confidentiality (Encryption) High level design Evaluate use...

TCP/IP

On September 3, 2018 in computer networks 1 minutes read

The TCP/IP model is a set of design guidelines and protocol implementations that enable computers to interface with each other via network connections, maintained by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). TCP/IP provides end-to-end connectivity and delineates how data must be formatted, as well as addressed, transmitted, routed and received....

Kanban

On September 3, 2018 in agile 1 minute read

There are five core properties for successful Kanban delivery: Visualise workflow Limit work-in-progress Measure and manage flow Make process policies explicit Use models to recognise improvement opportunities Resources Intro to Kanban in Under 5 Minutes Priming Kanban - Implementing Kanban in 10 Steps Kanban Pizza Game - Teaching + Fun...

Haiku

On August 24, 2018 in london 1 minute read

London heavy rain A different city of Foggy bus windows

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