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Jira epics, stories, tasks, bugs & custom issues

Jira is a great tool to manage your roadmap and your backlog. One of the main advantages of Jira is that it has great default issue types and lets you create any other types you may need to make the most of your project. Default issue types in Jira Epics Epics are goals or initiatives…

Miro + Confluence for better product documentation

Miro and Confluence can work wonders alone, and now their combination is even more powerful than it used to be. Let me tell you about this cool new integration and how to get started! What are Miro and Confluence? Confluence is made by the great people at Atlassian, who also make Jira. Product and Project…

Team Capacity Matrix for Capacity Building Planning

One of the key tasks of an engineering manager is to identify capacity building opportunities. My Team Capacity Matrix for Capacity Building planning can help you: Know what skills are strongest in the teamHighlight capacities that need improvementIdentify members of the team that can lead training sessionsIdentify members of the team that need handholding The…

Manage your Product Backlog with Jira

If you want to manage your Product Backlog with Jira, this is a good place to start learning what you need to make the most out of it. I will specifically go through the Product Backlog view, the list and detail view, Prioritization and Dependencies Mapping. The Product Backlog view in Jira In each project…

Product Backlog Tools

I want to get practical and share with you the different available Product Backlog tools we can use to manage and share our plans. In a previous post I made an introduction to the definition and benefits of Product Backlogs, which may be useful if you need a little more context before we get started.…

Remote work, right: Tools and tips for working from home

Remote work isn't new, but it's certainly a trending topic in the last few months, following the announcement of schools and workplaces being shut down due to coronavirus. The searches for remote work and coronavirus in Spain peak as a lot of professionals and organizations consider remote work for the first time. Time and cost…

Free icons and stock images for your projects

I try to use visual elements like icons and stock images in my presentations to convey messages without the need for words whenever I make a presentation for work, teaching or speaking at events. I like the words I speak to be most of the words you perceive while I am speaking. My talks are…

Brainstormings, the ultimate tool for creativity

Brainstorming sessions supported by simple things like whiteboards, post-its, or static notes, allows for faster changes, more divergent thinking, and more creativity. Teams and individuals all over the world use brainstorming to find creative solutions. In this post I explain some of the ways in which you can structure your brainstorming to make the most…

How to open a Word document on Google Docs?

For years I have been using Google Docs as my main text processing tool. Just like many of you I started using Microsoft Word in high school and upgraded to Pages when I started using a Mac some years later. These are great test processors but lack two very important features: collaboration and version control.…

7 (more) tools for productivity I use & love

Productivity can be enhanced with the right apps. Do more in less time with these 7 tools for productivity! The Noun Project In the last year I am writing a fair share of proposals and specifications for software apps as part of my job at eHealth Africa. Text is good for detail, but nothing beats…

How to calculate dates with timeanddate.com

When managing projects or planning events or social media calendars I often find myself counting days between two events or calculating when x days from now will have passed. The usual solution has been to grab a calendar and use my finger to count days forward or backwards, or to count some days like this…

4 tips for work life integration for remote workers on the move

‘Work Life Balance’ returns over 280 million results in Google, most of them associated to remote workers. While it’s important to have time for both, this is especially difficult when working on the move for nomad workers and business travellers. I have had my share of work travel and the four tips below have helped…

How to create the perfect kanban board for your team

The Kanban board is a tool used to track progress in projects. In a Kanban board, the tasks needed to complete the project move along a progression of states. Project managers can use it assign work to teams and team members,  who will use it to track the progress of development, letting everyone do things…

The Chromebook Challenge – 2 months later…

Two months in the Chromebook Challenge, I can say I am generally happy with the experience. My Chromebook does almost everything I need it to do; I am lucky because most of my work happens on online applications such as Cobot, Gmail, Intercom, Base, Github, Asana... Google Drive lets me make files available offline, what…

The chromebook challenge – day 1

It's my first working day with a Google Chromebook. I needed a replacement for a broken Macbook and was very curious about the Google Chromebook, so I decided to give it a go. I still have a backup for more demanding things (another much bigger laptop running Ubuntu)  but the Chromebook will be my main…

Chromebooks: the future of personal computing and professional provisioning.

Personal computing The best way to seed an interest in technology to someone that has never seen a computer or the Internet (try it with grandparents!) is to go to Google Maps and fly to their house, a famous touristic place like the Eiffel tower or a place with any significance to them. Spreadsheets are…

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