1 year working at Plataformatec

One year ago I joined Plataformatec and today, I’m going to tell you some practices that I have learned while working here during all this year. I hope you’ll find something helpful to improve your team or your company. Sustainable work hours Some companies expect their employees to work overtime when a project gets close … »

Agile trends

Last month our team went to Agile Trends, an event in São Paulo where discussions revolved mainly around Agility in software projects. Starting the event activities, Niels Pflaeging presented a keynote where he defends Agile alone is not sufficient to taking organizations to the Knowledge Era, and that deeper transformations are necessary for doing that. … »

Tips for keeping your Open Source Software issues tracker tidy

Charlie Somerville recently tweeted he wished there was a good guide about maintaining open source software: I wish there was a good guide on maintaining OSS projects. I'm a maintainer of a reasonably popular project and I have NFI what I'm doing. — Charlie Somerville (@charliesome) April 26, 2014 In between consultancy jobs and building … »

RailsConf 2014

This year’s RailsConf was held in Chicago, from April 22 to 25, and Plataformatec was there, as in previous years, and this time it was represented by George Guimarães, Lucas Mazza, Rafael França, and myself included. Even though I’ve attended the last 5 RubyConf / Rails Summit here in Brazil, this was my first time … »

Where is the corruption of agile?

Dave Thomas wrote a blog post called “Agile is dead (Long live agility)“. In the blog post, he claims the use of “do Agile right” as a way to profit, whereas it should make people – developers specially – to deliver valuable software more effectively. It had a huge impact in the community in a … »

Improve your agile estimates using the Ruler Score

The formal definition of estimate is “an approximate judgment or calculation of the value, amount, time or size of something”. In a software development project, estimates are important to help us predict how much time will be necessary in order to finish a set of activities, or to select and prioritize scope for a release … »