Dear Girls, Your Time Will Come

Today, on Friday 8th, 2019, the world celebrates International Women’s Day, a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. This is one of the better chosen celebratory days in an annual calendar. I’ll celebrate by decorating this post with works of female artists Hilma af Klint, true inventor of abstract art, Georgiana Houghton, who specialised […]

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Alternative Take on “Give Your Child a Sober Christmas”

Each December when visiting my dear home country, Finland, I remember how seriously Finns take alcohol and Christmas; alcohol is a government owned monopoly, Santa resides in Finland and everybody loves the annual Christmas Peace Declaration. I have a bone to pick with one Christmas tradition; an annual Anti-Alcohol Campaign with a tagline “Give Your Child a Sober Christmas”. The camping […]

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Scrum Dysfunction #1

I was talking with a friend of mine, a seasoned Finnish sw specialist having worked as tester, developer and Scrum Master. It was interesting discussion because I’ve lived outside Finland for almost 10 years now, and a bit lost the touch with Agile Finland. What he told me surprised me and terrified me at the […]

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Let’s Make Meetings Great Again!

Every time people meet, a structure emerges, we can’t really help it. We all know the old-skool group-work methods: open discussion, managed discussion, brainstorming, status reporting and presentation. However, all these are more or less dysfunctional regarding participation or distribution. “You have no choice. Every time you have a conversation or a meeting you are using microstructures.” […]

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Deprogram Your Life

At some point, even the most stubborn of us will have to stop and think about the way we are living our lives. For some the stoppage comes due to personal development steps, but most of us feel this need via a life crisis. Irrespectively of cultural background, the age-of-reflection seems to be 42. Yes, […]

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Developers are Spelunkers

Words are funny. Some words whistle by nonchalantly and unnoticed, but some stop at your door as if saying: “Do you remember me?”. Sometimes you hear a word, understand its meaning and remember where you first heard or learned it. That initial meeting with the word has forever associated an emotional link. One simply cannot […]

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Toxic People

I believe that the community has yet to open the topic of “toxic people” sufficiently. Only a few people (among them Martin Fowler) have touched this topic, but even he only scratched the surface. We need to go deeper. Hold my hand, this might get scary… What is toxicity? I’d define toxicity (at workplace) simply to […]

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Easy Ways to Relieve Stress at Work

Since many of us suffer from work-related stress, I though I’d tell a little bit about what I’ve found helpful. Obviously some things you can do outside of work can help you build up stamina for overcoming work-related stress too. Such methods are widely publicized, including for example: taking a longer holidays mediation mindfulness breathing resolving private […]

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