September 21, 2018 Community

Dealing With Bullies And Dominance Behavior

I stumbled upon a video called “How to Stop A Bully” by Brooks Gibbs today while surfing through LinkedIn. Here’s the original version: Now, Gibbs shares a number of valuable lessons during his research. Bullying is also called a “Dominance Behavior” by psychologists or establishing a state of power over other human beings. The most common

September 11, 2018 Management

9 Important Lessons About Burnout In The Workplace

While I’m not a medical professional, I’ve been through several burnouts and some of my team members have blanked out for a few weeks before getting back on track. Here are several observations and thoughts of mine regarding burnouts. 1. Burnouts Are Often Not Directly Related to Work All of my burnouts and most of

April 16, 2018 Management

Micromanagement – The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Micromanagement has nothing to do with caring about an employee. However, it’s important to review the different phases of a business and the professional experience of an employee – along with the work environment. What is Micromanagement? According to Wikipedia’s sources : In business management, micromanagement is a management style whereby a manager closely observes

October 23, 2017 Management

The Business Guide to Intrapreneurship

With the boom of entrepreneurship out there, there has been a distinct separation between the corporate work and starting a business of your own. However, most folks are not familiar with the trend of intrapreneurship that gets far less coverage than it should be. What Is an Intrapreneur? As Murray Newlands shared for Inc.: The

November 29, 2015 Business

The Importance of “The Bigger Picture”

I’ve been spending the week before WordCamp US in New York City, adjusting to the time zone difference, meeting some clients and WordPress folks, and browsing around. As usual, discussions with smart entrepreneurs and developers are insightful, challenging the mind and providing various ideas for experimentation and validating different models. Workflow and Operations While chatting today with a few great

March 23, 2015 Business

14 Common Misconceptions About Email – Gmail’s Toolkit

“Slack is Killing email“, “5 reasons Slack will change the workplace“, “Slack, the office messaging app that may finally sink e-mail“. For some odd reason the media is eager to bury down the idea of email, and put an end to its usage for the entire world. Whether it’s Slack, HipChat, Skype, social network or some

March 5, 2015 Business

Persistence Is The Way Forward

During WordCamp San Francisco last year I had the chance to do pair programming with Rodrigo Primo on #15459. He’s an incredible and passionate WordPress developer and he approached me before the Contributor Day to do some hacking on performance for hierarchical post types after I sent my patch with some ideas related to that change. The Unit Test

June 25, 2013 Business

QA != Tester

Last Saturday I had one of those epiphany moments for something way too obvious, still too shocking for me at the moment of speaking. It was related to the QA process and the place of the QA role in the software industry. I got involved in a discussion on Saturday evening regarding several different technical

August 23, 2011 Consulting

Hourly Rates, Amount Of Work And Availability

Note: This essay is not always applicable while some projects definitely demand a straight work schedule, reporting and collaboration between the team members. However it reflects the majority of projects and clients out there in the wild. As an employer I prefer to charge on a project basis. It’s easier to plan my budgets and