A successful Remote Team working – Step #2 – Members

Having members with key skills on your team is vital to succeed in a remote environment. Here are some of the skills to be looking for. Following the first posting on the “Remote Team Working” series, I’d like to draft some lines to talk about what’s expected from the team members. The requirements will depend on […]

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A successful Remote Team working – Step #1 – Structure

Pleasant place to work from

  Settle a successful remote team structure is a key factor nowadays. Here follows some simple steps to kick off the operation with the right foot. Some days ago, during a PMSE discussion, I felt compelled to share some lessons I learned (the hard way) around working with remote teams. Working with remote teams is […]

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Get away from assumptions

Communication is a key factor for a successful project or an epic disaster, so make sure you’re not assuming anything. If it’s not possible, focus on having as less assumptions as possible. Some months ago, I had my first clash with stakeholders, and now looking back I can understand it was caused by the level […]

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Leadership lessons I learned with my son

Leadership and parenting seems to be more related than I could ever thought before having my first kid. Here goes some insights on it. My first son is now around 3 years old. He’s amazing. Being father is amazing. Right now he’s watching Mickey while hugging my head. It’s an awesome feeling. But this post […]

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Performance Appraisal Series: Problems

Performance appraisal is a troubled topic that’s part of our daily work. In this series, I’ll share some thoughts, problems, and possible solutions for it. So, after around one year focused on my MBAs work about performance appraisal, I’m back to share some more thoughts on our IT world. A lot happened since then, so […]

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Keep the best or take the rest

Summary: Identify and nurture the key persons around you is the difference between a successful team with the best players or a bunch of people struggling to make things work. Besides sharing all the valuable experiences I gained from the projects I’ve been in, I’ll also write about some lessons I learned playing MMORPG games […]

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Understanding cultural differences

When working in a multi cultural environment, understanding the way each person behaves is crucial. There’s a video from Robert Dempsey HERE that is brilliant. My comments will be highly based on his video plus my experiences. For the last five years, my environment by itself is noticeably multicultural: I’m Brazilian, in a German company, […]

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Saying NO

Women Saying No!

Optimism, eager to help, over self confidence… you name it. There are plenty of reasons why people avoid as much as possible saying no. There is a very good side to it, but I’m afraid to say that the “dark side of the YES force” quite strong is, young Padawan. It may be a cultural […]

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Effective Communication

Effective communication is one of the greatest challenges every leader faces daily. Here are some suggestions to avoid silly mistakes that may lead to big issues. Things are going fine, project is on track, reports are just fine and dandy. Communication is smooth and the reporting chain is not even noticed as something that could […]

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Avoid being over – working out the balance

The searching for the balance is a constant. The work / life balance is the most common. There are other balances that must be worked out, too. I don’t want to overrate this topic, but I consider it important to remember that, when talking about projects (and in several other areas of our lives), it’s […]

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