For the winners

3.95mm F/1.8 1/100s ISO400, Huawei P20 Pro, filtered using Adobe Lightroom CC

Today, a ballroom tournament takes place in the wonderful Tanzschule am Bürgerpark in Berlin Pankow.

The team has prepared everything and is ready for some great competition. And the winners will receive and glory and those wonderful cups.

Go for it!

Life at Cloudibility (IV): Best. Team. In. The. World.

Cloudibility-Logo-SquareWe have the best team in the world. Period.

I’ve never seen a team being that committed. That focused. That inquisitive. That eager to learn. That funny. That great.

Team, I am so proud of working with you! 

Next week, we will start our expansion. I mean: We will really start it. Three new Team-Members at the beginning of the month. Two more in the middle. One more beginning of August. One more at mid of August. One, two, three perhaps beginning of September.

But: I am not afraid. I know, that we already have a great team and we will continue to be one. We looked carefully at the new colleagues‘ character and found them to match the team in culture and commitment.

Sandra, Ronny, Emily: Welcome!

You will be part of Cloudibility, you will shape us and you will grow with us. And I am very confident to count you in next time when I write about the:

Best. Team. In. The.World.

I’m once again impressed!

As you might know, we are actively building a team of highly skilled professionals and bright minds.

Just today, we had another interview with a candidate, which will (hopefully!) join our Indian team. She will be the fourth woman in a four-head team so far. Each of these women (I am not allowed to reveal their names since they will be starting Mid-July and Mid-August respectively) has deeply impressed me – so active, so open-minded, so skilled, so … bright!

We are so happy working with and learning from you!

Welcome to the team!

Kauflust (II): Microsoft Surface Book PB

Did I say hardware should not be that expensive? Well. Err. Hmm.

I bought a Microsoft Surface Book 1st gen back in 2016 for around 2,700 Euro, which was pretty good equipped with a Core-i7-processor, 16 GB of memory and a 512 GB SSD. I gave it to one of our brightest minds once he joined the company back this year – ultimately feeling like I miss something.

For whatever reason, I surfed on eBay the other day.

s-l400I stumbled upon some Surface Books 1st gen, equipped with the smaller Core-i5-processor, smaller SSDs and less RAM.

It felt like „For writing stuff and surfing around, it would be ok“, so I looked a little deeper into the offerings and found a Surface Book with Performance Base, equipped with 16 GB RAM, a 512 GB SSD and the faster GTX 965m graphics. For not even half of the price a current gen model costs. And also cheaper than other Surface Books with PB or at least discrete graphics. Offered by a solid dealer, including an invoice.

What shall I say?

It will be delivered on Friday.

And I don’t want to discuss my shopping behaviors.

I have an open slot at 6.30am…

This has been said just seconds ago in a meeting I am currently attending. We’re not talking about freelancers here, but a pseudo-agile project with an enterprise customer.

See the problem?

Agility is not about having meetings cluttered all over the day, but efficiency. If your calendar is blocked so extensively by meetings, then perhaps, perhaps something is wrong.

Pro-Tipp: Change it. Cancel the unnecessary or unproductive meetings. Only attend meetings making any sense. Do not attend meetings for the sake of attending them.

Pro-Tipp 2: Participating in Scrum? Only do the scrum-stuff: Daily, Retrospective, Review, Plannings and perhaps Estimation meetings. All the other meetings should be obsolete if you communicate transparently. They should be attended by some POs or Architects, but not by every other person participating in the team.

Pro-Tipp 3: Participating in Kanban? Only do the minimally required stuff: Daily, Jour-Fixes or Reviews, Plannings. Work with your kanban board. All the other meetings should be obsolete if you communicate transparently. They should be attended by some POs or Architects, but not by every other person participating in the team.

(Hmmm, that’s pretty much the same content in Tipps 2 and 3. Coincidence? I don’t think so…)

Pro-Tipp 4: Get your stuff done!

Pro-Tipp 5: Get. Your. Stuff. Done!

Kauflust (I): Lenovo Thinkpad X260

I don’t see why I should spend thousands of Euros for a new computer, when a used one would do almost the same job for a fraction of the price.

Well, ok, there are some moments where I decide differently, for example at the end of last year when I ordered a brand new MacBook Pro 15.4 inch. But this again has proven my opinion about new hardware usually not being worth the money you spend for it – I am actually quite unhappy with this device, as battery life is very subpar (around 4hrs, regardless of the work I throw on it) and the keyboard is so loud to touch upon. Not to speak of the adapter hell, since literally no accessory fits on the MacBook.

So, I decided, I needed something more long-lasting in regards to battery life. Something, making typing a pleasure again. And something smaller, since 15.4 inch are not really portable. And, finally, something cheaper – not only when buying it, but also while owning it. Something, where a power adapter and a cable won’t cost more than 100,– EUR. Something, where I could swap the internal SSD and upgrade the memory, if needed. Something, where perhaps LTE would be integrated.

Impossible? No way!

I looked at eBay and Amazon and checked some dozens of dealer-websites for offers, until I found it: A used Lenovo Thinkpad X260 in good condition, having a LTE-card, being equipped properly with a 256GB SSD and 16GB RAM, displaying the content in Full-HD and allowing to change the battery.

Small, portable. Perfect for working in the customer’s office or while sitting in the train. Nice companion to my iPad Pro 10.5 inch, way more versatile but not so light and easy to carry around.

I got it for only 650,– EUR including two batteries.

Looking forward to using this one with Ubuntu, BTW.

Nice!

Agility to death

Agility is gorgeous. Unless you’re in a project, where agility is mistaken by spontaneity or talkativeness. Or worst case: All together.

Just today, I was sitting for three hours in several daily calls for different aspects of a project. So much redundancy there, and Scrum Masters which try to insist on rules instead of pragmatic approaches.

Agility to death. Without any sense. And without any productivity.

Thank god, I’m paid by hours.