Five years ago, together with my friends Tomek Szymański, Adam Warski and Jan Zborowski, I founded SoftwareMill.
SoftwareMill is a unique company – 26 awesome team members, all of them working remotely, flat structure with no managers and full financial transparency. I’m really proud of it.
That made the decision to leave an extremely hard one, but I feel it’s now time for me to look for new challenges. [...]
“Distributed agile is hard” is what I often hear. And yes, after working remotely in various distributed teams for 8 years, I agree. But I am going to argue that this is a good thing.
Basically I believe that working in a distributed environment is like using Scrum - it does not solve your problems, but makes them more visible. I like to call this a “visibility shift”. [...]
Hey, Agile Lean Europe 2013 Unconference was fabulous.
I have learned about a number of absolutely amazing things there. Here is just a couple of them: Real Options – on distinguishing options from commitments and enabling options with more trust. During the workshop I also experienced how Check In Core Protocol works and I really liked [...]
I hate Product Backlogs’ unrestrained tendency to grow, get messy and unmaintainable.
Ideally, a Product Backlog should give the whole team a clear roadmap on work to be done. I remember times when I actually believed this is really possible, even with a huge Backlog, but in practice in every project I worked on I struggled with keeping the Backlog up-to-date, prioritised and consistent. [...]
One in English What We Don’t Know: Jonathan MacDonald And one in Polish Reforma dla Polski: Cezary Wójcik Both of them changed my way of thinking (and a perspective from which I think:)) about myself and the world around. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. -Paweł
Have you ever hesitated which session to attend on a multi-track conference? Here is a short guide that should help you quickly figure out what to expect on a presentation, just judging from the title ;) Foo Bar and Beyond (or The Future of Foo Bar) Expect lots of history of Foo bar, slides with […]
Altitude sickness has taught me two important insights about speed and trends, which can be applied to software development projects (and probably many other areas as well). Altitude sickness After trekking above approximately 3,000 meters one has to take care not to climb too fast. The general rule is not to ascend more than 300 […]
I have never been on a TEDx conference before. At TEDxWarsaw 2013 I have realized what is special about this kind of events – you do not attend them, you experience them. That is why it is pretty hard to describe TEDxWarsaw 2013 highlights. I will try to list my own, though. I got thrilled […]
Being a leader may sometimes feel like being an ambitious guy trying to sell the idea of getting up after the break and continuing hiking uphill to the group of exhausted backpackers. How to make them stand up and go? Stand up first There is no other way. Just talking about any idea you want […]
Having experience as a mountain guide helped me understand how teams work in various situations. Some of the behaviours apply to the professional world as well. Imagine you wake up on a sunny morning in the tent piched on the mountain pass. The first task for the group, after crawling out of their sleeping bags: […]