• Communication

    A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.

    ~ Charles Dickens

    Communicating with other people is sometimes so difficult, there are things we want to tell them, but we feel that they might take it the wrong way. So we decide not to speak up, not to tell our team, customer, friend something that might hurt them.

    Inevitably those relations start to suffer as communication breaks down.

    The challenges of developing software are mostly unrelated to technology. Projects, ideas, enterprises rise and fall due to the ability of their people to communicate with each other, to pursue a common goal and to ultimately succeed at what they do.

    Make an effort and try to communicate with your team, be polite, but do not leave words unspoken.

  • Success

    How do you define success?

    Many people think of success in terms of monetary rewards (accumulation of wealth), others in how wellknown they or their venture is (there are many other definitions, which I am not going to go into).

    None of these definitions ever struck a chord with me.

    I’d like to define successful people as those who get a great satisfaction of what they do everyday.

    Are you there? Do you get that tingling sensation every day before you start?

    What can you do to get there? Can I help you?

  • FDD - Fun Driven Development

    Laughing and having a good time is known to help in working and getting things done better; to be more productive.

    This is something I take at heart a lot. I have been called child by some very serious developers (serious as in not smiling much) or looked at in sheer astonishment with the question “you guys are really working?”.

    The way I work best, when my code is the cleanest, when I give the best business advice is when I am having fun. The lightheartedness of my spirit makes me grow and come up with a myriad of ideas and solutions.

    How are you at your best?

    This post appeared first in March 2012 on my pervious blog at ecomba.org

  • Crossroads

    Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow – Anita Desai

    Recently I decided that It was time for me to move on from Makers Academy and continue my journey.

    Working at Makers Academy has been a great experience. I met really wonderful people and new friends. The feeling and pride of helping people to learn how to code has been great; my heart will always have this warm feeling about my time there.

    At the time of writing I am still unsure what to do, there are some amazing offers on the table, some crazy ideas and a ton of uncertainty. My decision at the moment is not to decide on anything. I am spending the month of December in a sort-of-sabbatical where I will try not to think about anything concrete (this is proving difficult as my brain is finding idea after idea at the moment).

    I am in that figurative crossroads looking into the different paths thinking to myself: “Which one of these has dragons and which one will lead me a little closer to mastery?”

    If you have any idea of what I should do, let me know, I am all ears for any proposal (not deciding yet though).

    Oh, one last thing, regardless of the decision I have created a newsletter: Enrique’s week in a bottle (you can also find a link on the sidebar).

  • How it all starts

    When I had the idea for patheleven I wanted to bring together a great team of people that wanted to grow and help other people grow together. The main goal was to change the way we work and interact with our customers and our surroundings.

    During our time we learned a lot of valuable lessons and we learned what we did and didn’t want from a company; it was a great adventure.

    As you know, we all disbanded and went our own ways to enjoy doing what we like doing, but also to have a break from what we did with patheleven.

    Having a small boutique software development shop is a really tough business, we weren’t just building software for our customers, we were always trying to exceed their expectations! This is really hard on every individual on the team and so, we needed a rest…

    Why am I writing about all this then?

    My main motivation has always to help other people, see them grow and grow myself in the process. At the same time though I am a person that loves a certain lifestyle. I love nature and the mountains, I enjoy running and really nice coffee ( maybe I should start a coffee roaster ). I want to be able to do all these things whenever I feel like doing them; I want to spend more time in nature exploring.

    At Makers Academy I have an amazing job and responsibility with an amazing team of friends. It’s amazing what we do and how we are able to change the life of the students that come to the course. It’s not really a job, it suits my lifestyle. Yes, sometimes it is very hard, and frustrating, but at the end it pays of to see this amazing people, our students, having accomplished what they have in such a short time!

    Still there has always been this idea of patheleven nagging me in the back of my head. You might hear from it soon, or maybe not …