Building a Team, Remotely

With engineers in Caracas, Barcelona and Cebu, our tech team becomes more and more distributed and remote. That's exciting, because it opens the door to a wider range of perspectives and ideas. There are also challenges with a remote team, and some of those challenges are well-documented: You can't turn …

Opening engageSPARKs Learning Sessions

This January the engageSPARK dev team started Open Learning sessions. If you're interested in tech and are in Cebu: please come and join us! So far we've explored topics from a wide range: Ansible, why sleep is important, tech excellency, SCARF (an approach to build awesome teams), DevOps.

Open Learning …

Why We Meet—Meetings Need Parens

tl;dr Useful meetings have a purpose. I believe you can give meetings a structure to help ensure they stay true to that purpose, and constantly improve.

Would you like a scare for starters? How about this one:

Meeting

Did you get goose bumps? Did your hair stand on end …

Waiting for Meetups to Start/Leveraging “Filipino Time”

tl;dr Meetups in the Philippines never start on time, punishing those that are punctual. Why not experiment how to make this waiting time worthwhile?

Working in the Philippines for two years now, “Filipino time” has become part of life. Filipino time is the idea that announcing a meetup for …

Breaking Habits

We engineers try to create good habits all the time “Daily standups” and “a retrospective every sprint” are habits introduced by agile methodologies. “Write tests that drive your code” and “review before you commit” are examples during development. Also for the sake of working together peacefully we establish habits.

There …

The Power of 15 Minutes

I enjoy learning. Ah, the child's joy at discovering a new Django app, a new shell crazyness! (echo "ls -l" | at midnight, really??) And still: Finding the time to do that is a struggle. For me, that's one of the major challenges of being a software developer: Penetrating the deep …