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It is impossible to work between 9-5

Have you ever wondered how many hours do you actually work at the office? Excluding lunch breaks and other breaks obviously. Have you ever calculated your productivity level during the day? How many hours are you able to work uninterrupted?…

Why automatic deployment of PHP applications is important?

There are many ways PHP applications are deployed on production servers. Some people use SCMs like Subversion to fetch latest revision of code. Others simply transfer the files via FTP, SSH or rsync. There is one problem with all of these…

A legend of the notorious Black Team

In my last post about teams I claimed there is no universal recipe for breeding a jelled team. A few days ago I came across a great book Peopleware, first published 20 years ago and then updated a few times. The authors explain what it takes…
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A recipe for a perfect team doesn't exist?

The value of having jelled teams in the company or working in one is pretty obvious. Such teams are more productive and work more efficiently since they feel comfortable with each other. Can we use some magic trick to create a good team? Not…

Is Lean software development better than Scrum?

Quite some years ago, after attending a presentation about lean production at Toyota, I decided to buy the book "The Toyota Way". I had the feeling many of their 14 management principles would be applicable to professional services as well.…