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Showing posts from December, 2022

The HR email

I saw recently this post on a social media: I had worse breakups than this rejection mail. I just wanted to share an excellent and emotional way to say „no” or „not now”. Maybe a lesson for that HR who told you five years ago that „we’ll let you know if it’s a no”, and you’re still waiting… It got me thinking about the HR processes of the companies and how people respond to rejection. Is the rejection only the way to say by to a potential candidate or do you want to provide a feedback gift on how they can improve? This is my response to the post: I saw this post and decided to provide my observation. We know people are different. I am glad that they show respect towards you and provide you with an answer and also, don’t hurt your feelings by acknowledging your professionalism. As other people had commented, this is a great way to provide a closure to the candidate, but it is still missing one final ingredient. How to improve you as a candidate? What you could do to improve yourself to

Meeting culture

What is your opinion about the meeting culture? I love meetings with friends and socializing. Sometimes I see it with unexperienced managers. They want to create a meeting culture during the workday. In theory, more meetings, more people interact and more people are in the loop, means more productivity. The reality is totally different when those meetings do not contribute to the overall goals of the team or organization. When you have more unproductive meetings, which is usually the case, they lead to a less productive team. And this eventually slows down the development. Who is guilty in the end? The development team and manager, the senior manager or someone else? This is the wrong question to ask, but it usually happens after the development miss deadlines. Therefore, many agile organizations encourage people to leave a meeting if it is not productive enough. But there is another issue here. Most of the people won’t provide a feedback about the usefulness of the meetings. They are

Stress Management

Three years ago, A Prague coaching community invited me to deliver a workshop on Stress Management. Work life balance was a big topic at that time. We all know what happened next. Covid come, and we needed to deal with even more stress and isolation. Therefore, having such workshops is very useful for all your employees. As leaders in IT, we need to manage our stress level because of ever-increasing demands and create a culture that our team members and colleagues will benefit from. It is not always easy, but good leaders know how to balance and get the most out of their people without creating a burnout and toxic culture. Holidays are coming, which will bring more professional and personal demands on you. How do you plan to deal with the stress?

A bad way to design your software

A bad way to design your software is to expose sensitive information to the end user, who might be a potential attacker. That is why you need to invest in quality specialists who will not only design the solution but also take their time to test it thoroughly! One more example of a poor design. The service should connect to a register to verify the public key for authorization, but something went wrong and timeout. I can clearly see that there was an expiration error, but the root cause might be wrong arguments send to the register. The application team should have received from the other service instructions about that change. Here you can observe both issues with the product management on the receiving end and the issue of project management on the person responsible for the integration of the solution. As well as issue exposing the underlying software implementation by observing the stack trace.

The church new business model

I read today an interesting news article:”Prague Archdiocese plans to sell iconic bell tower and buy flats to rent out”. The Roman Catholic Church plans to boost its income by owning and renting out about 1,000 apartments. The Prague Archdiocese plans to invest almost CZK 3 billion in housing by 2025, Prague Archdiocese Vicar-General Jan Balík said at  a press conference . I see this as a big stretch to the Church’s purpose, and here is my comment on the social media. “Holy churchy”, what is happening here? The Church will buy big apartments and have restaurants? Imagine renting an apartment from the Catholic Church in Prague? What is the role of the religion in the modern society? If the church is an enterprise, then is it really helping people or looking over the stakeholder’s interests? What do you think, should church stick to the donation model and provide better service or it is better to be self sustainable and start charging rent and serve food? Here is an interesting business

BTC - a controversial opinion

I hope this is not a controversial opinion. In the hindsight of the latest  #BTC  crash. It seems like BTC is more like an agile team in a waterfall organization. In theory, there are some benefits to adopting it. In practice, the organization will still use time, instead of story points, and pretend it is Agile. Does this approach ever work? And the answer is absolutely, NO. People see BTC as a way to get more dollars. The value of BTC is determined by other currencies which the population uses to buy services and goods. I was checking now the transfer fee which seems to be manageable, only because the BTC price is so low. But once it goes up, “To the moon” they say, this will again kill the entire idea of easy and cheap to transfer solution. Overall, I am curious about how this experiment will continue. What do you think, will BTC go even further down or not? Also, have you ever seen a working Agile team in a waterfall organization?

The profound feeling of being part of the history

I was part of the Czech Space Week, and I met a lot of interesting entrepreneurs. One thing that made a big impression on me was meeting the Czech astronaut Ales Svoboda. You can read more in the news but in brief: The European Space Agency announced its new team of astronauts and among them is Czech fighter pilot Aleš Svoboda. Svoboda was the only successful candidate out of some 200 Czechs who had applied for the project. “For me, it was always a child’s dream,” Svoboda told Czech Television. “As a child, I used to go to the planetarium in Brno, always taking an interest in space, aviation and space flights. For me, it is a logical continuation of what I do now.” Picture this: a real life astronaut who might soon go to space and even to the Moon. How cool is that? And to be part of the history and to experience this news while it happens is something unbelievable. To be an astronaut it a hard job. You become part of a small and exclusive club of professionals. There are many easier w

Freedom to innovate

Do you have people in your team who know the latest trends and are passionate about change and innovation? Well, in my team I am that person. It is not always easy to push innovation in the corporate environment. I would like to see more corporations giving freedom to employees to branch out and work on cutting-edge innovation projects. I am involved in multiple projects like that, including one related to space technologies. The space week proudly hosted in Prague was one such opportunity to learn the latest trends in that field, as well as to connect to the community. I met a lot of amazing people there and if you want to learn more about that, please feel free to connect and reach out!