I enjoy writing about topics that I find exciting and bring some value to my life.
Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing
November 25, 2023 - 605 words -
Tuckman's Model to drive a team to high performance
In 1965, psychologist Bruce Tuckman developed a model (Tuckman’s Model) that describes the stages of group development, forming and maturing into a cohesive and effective team.
The model initially consisted of four stages: “forming, storming, norming, and performing,” adding one additional “adjourning” in 1977.read more
How to test private methods?
October 20, 2023 - 168 words -
Testing private methods. When and how?
This is a question that I have encountered with some frequency for a long time. So I thought I would put together my thoughts on the subject here.read more
Unhealthy working environment
October 11, 2023 - 554 words -
Recognizing red flags of an unhealthy workplace
An unhealthy working environment can have various symptoms that negatively impact employees’ physical and mental well-being.read more
The Peter Principle
September 30, 2023 - 456 words -
The rise to a level of incompetence
The Peter principle states that a person who is competent at their job will earn a promotion to a position that requires different skills. If the promoted person lacks the skills required for the new role, they will be incompetent at the new level, and will not be promoted again.read more
How do you get everyone on board?
August 02, 2023 - 851 words -
How do you deal with people reluctant to change?
Last week, I was at the WeAreDevelopers World Congress, the biggest conference I’ve been giving a tech talk.
With more than 12k attendees, 300 speakers, and ~10 tracks in parallel, I was invited to give not one but two talks. One is about my experience with Extreme Programming and the profound benefits of embracing change in your work and life.read more
Never ending loop
July 05, 2023 - 463 words -
Writing to help myself sleep
It is hard sometimes to get to bed with the mind blank because, more often than not, I think about my next reading, learning, talk, or what I will write this or next month.read more
June 08, 2023 - 575 words -
An acceptance of powerlessness
Learned helplessness is the behavior exhibited by a subject after enduring repeated aversive beyond their control.read more
Dedicated QA Teams in software?
May 17, 2023 - 692 words -
How does it fit a dedicated QA person in your agile team?
This will be controversial, but let’s talk about the QA position. The hidden truth behind the lack of software quality and why this should concern you if you write software.read more
Introducing a new tech stack
April 14, 2023 - 451 words -
How to introduce new technologies in your team
To introduce a new tech stack for the entire team, it’s important to bring “why?” and a strategy to make it happen among the team because it will affect everyone.read more
Have you always been like this?
March 16, 2023 - 1051 words -
How to find a balance of growth and happiness
I’ve got this question recently, a couple of times, and this is a great topic to share.read more
February 27, 2023 - 1628 words -
Leadership starts within your own life and behaviour
As business scales, the leaders’ primary focus must shift from customers to employees. Therefore, I would like to share what I consider critical points that any leader should address and focus on regularly.
For each key point, you will have book recommendations that go deeper into the matter, giving you references from real experts behind them.read more
Interview about XP and Agile
January 09, 2023 - 782 words -
Agile is about HOW you do certain things
My interview with devm.io regarding Agile and Extreme Programming.read more
Ignoring Scrum to get more Agile?
December 06, 2022 - 1213 words -
Killing agility with excessive meetings
Talking to a friend about agile, he asked me a fascinating question remarking how badly sometimes Agile and Scrum fit together, especially regarding meetings. These are my thoughts about this topic.read more
Working agile with non-agile teams
November 11, 2022 - 873 words -
How can you work with other teams that aren't agile?
Let’s assume you already know what the agile manifesto is. Let’s consider that you apply most of the “extreme programming” values, principles, and practices. How can you work with other teams that aren’t agile?read more
Different beliefs about software quality
October 08, 2022 - 737 words -
Some thoughts about software quality among your team
I recently got a great question on Twitter which got me thinking for a while and I decided to share my thoughts about it.read more
The beauty of leadership
September 25, 2022 - 767 words -
Team Lead? Tech Lead? What is leadership and what is not?
Leadership is not a synonym for management, it has nothing to do with titles or personal attributes. So, what is it? How can we become leaders? And most importantly, why?read more
August 22, 2022 - 535 words -
Misunderstandings, effective communication, and self-reflection
One of the most complicated challenges for everyone is avoiding misunderstandings and being aware that other people don’t think the same way as you do.read more
The Project Management Triangle
July 25, 2022 - 307 words -
The Iron Triangle
A triangle of time, quality and cost. it’s an indicator that these three parameters are interconnected. You can fix one or two of them, but not three.read more
The path to seniority in software
June 08, 2022 - 958 words -
How to become a Senior Software Developer?
We all have been junior developers at some point. This is easy to know because it is at the very beginning of your carrier. Your responsibilities were narrowed down by other peers who were looking after you.read more
May 27, 2022 - 318 words -
Also known as the Law of triviality
The term was coined as a metaphor to illuminate Parkinson’s Law of triviality.
People within an organization typically give disproportionate weight to trivial issues.read more
Dunbar’s number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships, in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person.read more
Update your team to be more extreme
February 26, 2022 - 1020 words -
How can you help your peers to embrace the change?
Our software profession is constantly evolving; it demands a non-stop learning process. We must embrace the change in our industry.read more
The power of authority and obedience
January 24, 2022 - 1017 words -
Milgram was interested in researching how far people would go in obeying an instruction if it involved harming another person, and how easily people could be influenced into committing atrocities. For example, Germans in WWII.read more
London vs Chicago
November 20, 2021 - 468 words -
It's an integration, not a choice
There are two known schools in TDD: the mockist school (aka Outside-in) and the classicist school (aka Inside-out).read more
Red Work vs Blue Work
October 21, 2021 - 408 words -
Managing the two kinds of work
TDD vs BDD
September 25, 2021 - 650 words -
Design or Workflow?
These are two different techniques. The key to each of them is about the mindset and context of what you want to achieve.read more
August 01, 2021 - 961 words -
What is challenging about it?
The complexity here is not about writing tests itself, but the habits that we have to change to create software that is easy to be tested.read more
Responsibilities of a Tech Lead
July 01, 2021 - 413 words -
It's not a promotion. It's a role change.
The Trident Career Model by Patrick Kua has three tracks. Each track represents where people spend most of their time or energy.read more
June 01, 2021 - 648 words -
The uncomfortable truth about human nature
To what extent do social forces alter people’s opinions? Which aspect of the group influence is most important — the size of the majority, or the unanimity of opinion?read more
May 03, 2021 - 763 words -
The power of contributing to OSS 🖥
What is Open-Source Software (OSS)? What are their benefits? How can you start contributing to any OSS? Pet projects? Knowledge sharing? Why all of these?read more
Pull Requests vs Pair Programming
April 01, 2021 - 1183 words -
Why choosing when you can have both?
Let’s talk about the benefits of Pull Requests and Pair Programming, and my thoughts on these after some years of experience with them.read more
Embrace the change
March 01, 2021 - 502 words -
Who moved my cheese?🧀
The book Who moved my cheese? presents a tale inside the main story that consists of 4 characters: two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two little persons, Hem and Haw.read more
Phel: the Lisp that compiles to PHP
February 01, 2021 - 613 words -
The new functional language. Fully interoperability with PHP 🚀
The new Functional Programming language build-in PHP. Check it out!read more
To mock or not to mock
January 11, 2021 - 783 words -
How to escape the mocking hell
Mocking is useful, but “what to mock” usually turns out to be a bit more complicated than expected if you don’t treat this carefully.read more
Sharing your git patches
December 01, 2020 - 447 words -
Another way of sharing quick suggestions with your team
Discover another way of sharing suggestions with your development team.read more
Never use array_merge in a loop
November 10, 2020 - 331 words -
The spread operator to the rescue
Using array_merge inside a loop is a performance killer. The spread operator will help you to improve this by flatting the array.read more
Typed arrays in PHP
October 13, 2020 - 653 words -
An alternative to the missing feature in PHP: Generics
Argument unpacking, function variable argument list, and variadics function.read more
The process itself is the goal
September 08, 2020 - 1013 words -
How to focus and have self-discipline
No goal should be an achievement on its own, but the process itself that helps us to go in the direction of these goals.read more
Testing Effectively Legacy Code
August 17, 2020 - 915 words -
How to write proper tests to already written code
These tests are also known as Characterization tests.read more
Strict Types in PHP
August 09, 2020 - 393 words -
In December 2015, PHP 7 introduced scalar type declarations and with it the strict types flag. What is this new feature?read more
The art of refactoring
June 28, 2020 - 544 words -
When, how, and why
If you see something, in the scope of your current task, that can be easily improved, improve it. And if you have any questions about it, ask.read more
Final classes in PHP | Java | Any
June 06, 2020 - 538 words -
Final, or not final, that's the question
Clear contracts, isolated side effects, testability, low complexity and cognitive load, code fluidity, and confidence in yourself.read more
The art of testing: where design meets quality
April 07, 2020 - 515 words -
From a software developer's point of view
Why you should consider testing as part of your daily development habit and how it’s directly linked to the software quality.read more
How to improve your tech-talk (or any other presentation)
November 18, 2019 - 660 words -
Some tips to improve your communication skills
We have found ourselves attending a meeting that felt like we were wasting our time with a “monologue” that is either hard to follow or doesn’t seem so interesting as it could. Let’s fix this.read more