One of the key motivations that led me to Extreme Contracts was the need for more freedom. This article is the first in a short series to explain why I think we are less free as knowledge workers than we usually think.
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As a freelance I often face the request to report about my delivery, to assess the effect of my actions and suggestions. During my years spent as an employee though, I learned to ask my colleagues for an assesment with the aim to become more valuable to them. If we all agree business must be user-centred, then why not being user-centred when working as an employee too? Continue reading “Make yourself a valuable employee by measuring your Net Promoter Score”
Tonight I dreamt of Giorgio and Danilo. They were ticking me off. They were upset. The build was broken and they had just found a bug, introduced months before by me while refactoring some remote legacy area of our codebase. They were speaking words of reproach about how hard it would be to fix the bug now, being that code as legacy as untested code can be. They were blaming on me because I had introduced a bug in a hard-to-manipulate area of the code. How hard would the fix be now? Why, should I have ever refactor that untested code at all? Continue reading “Dream of your build & build your dreams”
Physical kanban boards are paramount to visualize the workflow of any company and engage people in managing it. Digital tools allow for remote work and for data crunching. A few months ago I asked myself: can we get the best of these two worlds?
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