problems don’t form us, they summon us

The title was an intriguing phrase I got to read (in italian, so pardon my translation). There is something about it, something very powerful. It lies into the idea that when we face crisis we don’t really get a chance to form our character, but instead to choose a path. They call for us, for …

complexity is hidden in plain sight

We’ve all had that moment: “Oh, this is so simple, why don’t you do it right away?”It could’ve been a product, it could’ve been an action and so on.We got that impression that something is easy to do. Working lately on products I can’t stop thinking at how magical complexity really is.Let’s move away from …

Missing focus

I am starting wondering if people outside the software development world still get that kind of “deep focus” you get while developing. I recently coded again and it was a pleasure to find myself immersed into the task, entirely focused with no distraction tempting me. If so, how do you reach such concentration in a …

leadership is made by continuous examples

When we lead we’re often tempted to shortcut.To give a quick solution to a problem or to guide people towards what we think is best.If we have an higher rank we might fall into the trap of thinking we have the right to interrupt and speak, or to move the conversation of a meeting towards …

To grow you need a gap

It’s when we face the unknown that we grow. It’s when we are not perfectly suited for the job, that we have a chance to add skills and improve them to survive the context. When you have constraints you can’t remove or skills you didn’t refine enough, then you can grow, because you’re filling the …

Numbers are not enough

Recently I had to make a software selection based on many technical aspects of each product. This was a cross-functional team initiative, so each team would need enough ownership to dive into the product and assess whether or not the feature was complete, sufficient, etc. So I decided to prepare both a document with all …

the value of focus

This is an easy post to make, maybe even too much conventional. I’ve been always a fan of focusing, of having some dedicate time. As a developer first and foremost, this was something I craved. Uninterrupted time can do wonders in letting you dive into a direction or topic. So why even bother writing for …

the hard thing of knowing your value

It’s hard to truly know your value. If you’re humble you’ll underestimate and miss the clues around you, the messages from the people. If you’re overconfident you might overestimate and miss the feedback. Or you might do the opposite. Knowing your value is a hard task because, often, the value depends on the context.Your range …

ideas are worthless

Have you ever thought of a nice idea, like a story for a book, and stopped by executing it because someone else was first? I surely did. And I also knew that ideas alone are of no value, yet it blocked me anyway. In my mind I thought I was simply adding repetition to the …

it’s all about recognizing pain

I’ve been in burnout many times. This is a realization that didn’t come easy. I never asked for help, I always recovered by myself, with a long time, with many introspection. While it seems great if you read it, it’s not. We’re not burnout-proofed. Burnout will happen again, might happen again, and I’ve seen it …

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