Another meeting?

Tuesday 11am. You receive a meeting request for today at 3pm with no further explanation, only the subject: ‘Review of Increment 3’ and the list of required attendees. You are required but you have no idea of what’s going to be about. What do you do? Well, you just accept the invite. Communicate the purpose:…

Obedience in the workplace

Finally! I did my final exam on Social Psychology to finish my diploma in management at LSE. One of the questions that made me think the most was: why humans obey orders even if immoral.  The most important study on this matter was carried out by Milgram (I do recommend you to have a look,…

About Scrum Teams

In Scrum, it’s the Product Owner‘s responsibility to manage the project’s budget, therefore we could assume s/he assigns the appropriate resources to the team. However it’s quite usual in organisations to have a Department’s manager who builds teams according to project needs. This situation is not opposite to Scrum best practices but decisions should be…

Talent attracts talent

Concerning Reid Hoffman‘s new essay, The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age (HBS Press), I must say I agree with him: Professional relationships between employee and employer are broken. Lifelong relationships are over, mostly due to precarious labour conditions and conflicting interests. Shareholders’ capitalism is a term frequently used these days which complicates having…

Out of Office

A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. – Earl Wilson In this post, I would like to state the importance of having holidays. These are the reasons why I believe holidays are beneficial for you and your business: Getting away: When we work several hours in the same…

Sports and work: Perfect match

Water polo, the sport I have played almost half of my life, has taught me some skills that could be perfectly applied to the corporate world. I believe these attributes can make anyone a better professional: Effort: You are crazy if you think you will succeed just by desire. You need to practice, learn, persevere, never…