A Sweet November

This month has been great in so many ways so far! There has been some mishaps along the way but even those I think made the good things much better.

The major happening was that, after 3 years, I left my former employer looking for major challenges: I’m a ThoughtWorker now! (More on this in a next post)

I have to thank all the great people that support me and teach me so much every single day. Without them it would be impossible to make my dreams come true.

Keep ‘em coming folks, let’s have even more fun next year!

Retrospective Activities to Improve Team Feedback

After attending Agile Brazil 2012 I was so excited to see that there’s a growing agile community in this country.

There I had the opportunity to listen and talk to some very experienced agile practitioners (and even play a game with James Shore!), which made me come back with a plentiful of ideas.

On my first week back, me and a Scrum Master where I work debated on ways to improve our retrospectives, so we took some activities proposed by Paulo Caroli we thought would easily be accepted by our team.

Firstly, we used happiness radar where we asked people to share their feelings on people, process, and technology. Then in the next activity we narrowed down the discussion to the most relevant aspects determined by the previous¬†activity, trying to answer the question “what will increase happiness?” within the following groups: keep, more of, less of/stop.

It was really rewarding to see a completely different dynamic happening there, with full team interaction instead of our previous (too formal) ceremony. Some aspects, which are real pain points that affect our daily work, were never discussed before.

We still struggle to make the team realize the process is there merely to support our work, that the quality and success of a project depend on their effort and dedication and the importance of things like effective communication, transparency, and sense of ownership.

I think these new activities will shake thinks a little and our team will soon be instrumental to our continuous improvement efforts.

Well… Not so fast!

Shame on me!

It’s been months since I told I’d start blogging like crazy but that never happened.

The good news is: I had a chance to deepen my knowledge on so many nice stuff in the last couple of months, so I think more interesting subjects will be discussed.

I plan to blog about Continuous Delivery and Lean Startup, focusing on the business value stream and why I think this is the most important aspect of software development.

So, stay tuned! Hopefully September will see some of these thoughts already.

Off We Go!

Giving advice is easy. Why not follow them for a change?

After some discussion with my fellow Mr. D. Friggo, I realized time has come to create (and hopefully keep updated) a blog with my random rants and occasional technical musings.

So this is it. Off we go!