Five tips to better teams

There are tons of advice available for people who want to build high-performance teams, some of it provided by well-researched scholars and experts. This post is none of that. These are some practical findings, based on my own experience, about things that make people happy when working in teams. Always be very clear about the … 

 

My broken phone and a lesson on focus

It was the first day of my summer vacation with the family. As we arrived, my youngest daughter was terribly excited to get into the large swimming pool. Off I ran, carrying her in my lap, and plunged into the pool for at least half an hour of the kind of fun that makes life … 

 

Four things I learned by failing at building a product

This is the story of how I failed to build a product. I believe to this date that we had a great idea (and the current market proves that), and we put together a good team. Why, then, did I still fail? I had this great idea that came about when trying to solve a … 

 

Agile planning and the law of diminishing returns

The post that follows is the translation of a post I originally wrote in Portuguese back in June 2010. I found that these issues are still very much current, even in light of (or perhaps even more so because of) current trends such as the #noestimates movement. I also found that in a rare case … 

 

Playing conkers and building products

An eleven years old boy sits patiently in the school’s secretary waiting for his form tutor to come to pick him up. It is his first day of school, after moving with his parents from Brazil to England. When the teacher finally arrives, running ten minutes late, they rush off to the gym where the …