Another week has passed, time to look back.

Hello everyone, how are you this Saturday afternoon?

This week was a bit chaotic. Last week I decided to experiment with planning all the posts for the week, and it went well. This week I decided to do the complete opposite and see how chaotic it could become. Well, let me just say, if you end up getting sick, you start loving the idea of having a plan laid out

But that is not why this post comes out, this is the reflection post where we look back at the previous week and decide what works and what doesn’t.

From now on I will change the format a bit. I will make it START and STOP and would love to get your feedback also via social media.

So here it goes:

START

  • Create exclusive slide decks to share with all of you. Posts are fun to write, but doing some PPT’s/PDF’s are even more fun.
  • More Twitter and Instagram. Again, another try on these with a new strategy.

STOP

  • 3-Point-Saturday. I love writing this quick mail that I sent to some of you but for now, I will give it a stop.
  • Coming up with post ideas on the stop, I will do like last week and plan for the week during the weekend. A lot of time is saved this way ( read my post on 7 lean wastes).

I hope to see you here for more exciting posts and don’t feel shy about dropping your feedback to me@ruitiago.blog.

Cheers,

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A couple of “learnings” from this past week

Hey there everyone, how are you?

This past week was an intense one at work, but also a lot of fun. I had a couple of agile friends visiting from Poland, a workshop to facilitate for more than 50 people. Loads of fun, loads of work, happy that it is done πŸ˜„

Yellow Plush Toy

So without further ado, where are a couple of things that helped me this past week.

πŸ‘ Planning my posts in advance. I knew this week was going to be chaotic in the workplace, and the only way for me to keep my daily posting routine was to plan it in advance. So, last Sunday I prepared this theme of lean waste and scheduled all the posts so that I would not miss a day.

πŸ‘πŸ‘ On the last 3-point Saturday I talked about Notion, and how the tool helped me become more productive and organized on my blogging. It is really a time saver, and also helps me keep track of the upcoming Podcast. Imagine Trello meets todoist. If you haven’t already, check out Notion.

Also, join the 3-point Saturday newsletter so that you don’t miss these exclusive gems πŸ˜€, the next one will be out today. JOIN HERE.

πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Youtube’s free music library. Working on getting the podcast out, one of the things I have been working on is the Intro. I don’t want to have to worry about copyright holders or any other legal problems. A quick internet search and I found out that Youtube has a lot of free music, some require attribution, others don’t. Definitely a lifesaver.


And that is pretty much it. Hope you also had an amazing week, and see you again in the next post.

Cheers,

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All you need to know about this week’s posts.

Welcome to the end of 2019 week 44. This week’s focus was on time wasters. Things that we do everyday without even noticing that take our time away from other more important tasks.
Here is a quick summary of what happened.

πŸ“… Monday: An inexpensive way to gain more time.

LEAN WASTE #1 : Task-switching and context-switching are costing us time.

We humans believe that we are great at multitasking, even though it has been proven time and time again that we are really really bad.
Intrinsically we know this. We even get angry when someone interrupts us …

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πŸ“… Tuesday: Want to get more time? Do that hard task now.

Procrastination towards hard tasks keeps us hooked on task-switching between what we like and what we dislike.

Unlike some productivity gurus, I am a firm believer that we should do what we don’t like before. Get it out of the way, and then we can properly focus and enjoy the things we like to do.

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πŸ“… Wednesday: How to unlock the value of a definition of ready.

Not using it as a gate, but as a communication tool towards your product team.

This is an on-going battle for the agile community. Should we have or not a definition of ready?

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πŸ“… Thursday: Parallelization is a hoax, do one thing at a time.

LEAN WASTE #2 : We need to finish what we start before picking up something new. Partially done work provides zero value and keeps us task-switching.

Partially Done work. Some say this is self-explanatory, but I believe it is a bit more complex.

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πŸ“… Friday: How to do less work and skyrocket your productivity?

LEAN WASTE #3 : Spend time figuring out what matters instead of doing more stuff.

This is a clear case of effectiveness vs efficiency. We have the best code ever. 100% test coverage. A dream pipeline that delivers everything to production without a single bug. If no one is going to use it after, we just wasted our time.

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πŸ’‘ Saturday: This is what I’ve learned this week.

A retrospective of the week that passed and what I’ve learned from it.

Hello everyone, one more week gone and another about to start.
So far a good start of the weekend. I am writing this post with a sunny day, something that is not very common in the Netherlands at this time of the year.

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Cheers,

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This is what I’ve learned this week

Hello everyone, one more week gone and another about to start.
So far a good start of the weekend. I am writing this post with a sunny day, something that is not very common in the Netherlands at this time of the year.

πŸ‘πŸ‘ Finally the project I have been talking about is starting to pull together. I can share now that this will be a podcast where I aim to interview leader, thinkers and workers of the technology world. The main goal is to pick their brain and find out what advises that can have to share with this community. First episode is already recorded and should be coming out soon πŸ˜ƒ

πŸ‘ This week I also found out how to write better headlines, as you can see by today’s headline compared with other Saturday’s πŸ˜„. After some reading I realized how important a good headline is. The headline is what will make you, the reader, captivated into opening the page and reading more about it. Without a proper headline I will fail on my mission to reach you and share my thoughts.

πŸ›‘ For now it is stopped. Instagram is a nice addition but my focus is on producing a good blog and sharing a good message with all of you. If you have any thoughts about it, I would love to hear more. You know how to find me, if not, drop me a message on me@ruitiago.blog


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In this week 3-point Saturday I shared about an extension/add-on that I’ve found, an awesome interview that came out this week and a fundraiser.

Have an awesome weekend.

And as always, keep learning, keep growing and have an awesome day.

Cheers,

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Saturday Reflections

Good afternoon boys and girls, ladies and gents. Hope you had a wonderful week.
Here is a beautiful image just to start this post.

πŸ‘ The new project I mentioned last week is taking form, there is a high change next week I will publish it πŸ˜€

πŸ‘ Medium is picking up. By starting to put proper tags on the articles they started getting more views. Most of the views still come outside of Medium but it’s another way to share the message.

πŸ‘ Another theme week. This week the focus was on backlogs. I am more and more inclined to stick to a full theme for the week. It’s easy to break down and share with all of you without writing a super big post. This way you can choose what to read, if the title is what you are looking for in that theme or not.

What do you think?


Want to receive 3 gems to make your weekend go even smoother? Join me for the 3-point Saturday newsletter.

In this week 3-point Saturday I shared about an extension/add-on that I’ve found, an awesome interview that came out this week and a fundraiser.

Have an awesome weekend.

And as always, keep learning, keep growing and have an awesome day.

Cheers,

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Summary 2019-W42

If you missed any of the posts this week or want to read them again, here is a quick summary.

Monday: Agile outside of Software Development

When we talk about agile, most of us are referencing the manifesto of 2001. The thing is, after 18 years it has grown a bit more than that.

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Tuesday: How will this help the customer

How will this help the customer?
How many times do you ask this question?

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Wednesday: A retrospective story

Ok, OK. Not that impressive. Why are you writing about it?
This one was an office retrospective.

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3 little nuggets of knowledge and fun that I’ve found during the week.

Thursday: Radical Transparency

I am a firm believer that transparency is the best approach a company can take to improve its culture.

We are used to hearing about the “Need to know basis”. What if we change this?
What if instead we use “Cannot know basis”.

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Friday: Is there room for Project Managers in agile

This is a super interesting discussion that I have seen over and over again. To be very honest my answer is “YES”, and I will explain to you why.

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Saturday: Saturday Reflection

Another full week is coming to an end, hope it has been as much fun for you as it has been for me.

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Cheers,

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