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Team handoff document

I recently had to hand off the teams I had been managing for the last 2 years. Luckily, it’s because I was promoted and started running a new department that doesn’t include those teams. Thinking about the knowledge transfer to be made, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to track the tons of information to be transmitted if I didn’t make notes. This wasn’t just about what the teams had been doing, but also about what I had come to envision for them in the future. So, I spent a week collecting all the topics that came to mind in order to write a handoff document for each team, as a way to better organize the discussions around this process.

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Doing my part (this far)

Abuse against any minority is wrong. It has always been wrong but these days it is simply unacceptable. Do you see how simple that enunciate is? This is something we might all agree and yet, abuse is still there.

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That's not our code

The first time I read about the “Conway’s Law” was in the context of an excellent book: “Building Microservices” by Sam Newman. The law states that: “Any organization that designs a system (defined broadly) will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure”.

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APIsAR Episode V - API Management with Azure

During an event that took place on May 3, 2017 in Buenos Aires, German Küber facilitated a presentation about API Management with Azure, the API Platform developed and commercialized by Microsoft.

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Owner vs. Victim theory and the pitfall of overusing it

If I already have your attention, let me tell you that this is not the place where you will find the meaning of the “Owner vs. Victim” theory which can be found in bazillions of different sources. It will be generally explained, though, since we are talking about it. This article is more about the pitfalls of people reading people and how misusing this theory could lead you to miss important communications.

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APIsAR Episode IV - Introduction to GraphQL

During an event that took place on November 9, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Horacio “Qcho” Gomez presented an introduction to GraphQL, the technology developed and used by facebook to build their own APIs.

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About predictability and clearly defining team goals

It’s an Engineering Manager responsibility to guarantee the team health measured in terms of qualities such as performance, commitment, accountability and predictability (among lot of others). However this can’t be forced by the Manager. It’s actually the team effort and its proper channelling the decisive factors for achieving these goals. Because these are goals, aren’t these?

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Acronyms seriously suck

While I was reading “Elon Musk”, on a bus while commuting home, I couldn’t help laughing of an email he sent to all SpaceX employees regarding to the misuse or excessive use of acronyms. The subject line was: “Acronyms Seriously Suck” (you can figure out the acronym for it by yourselves).

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A Compendium of Software Architects’ Pathologies

By Marcos Chicote, Guido de Caso, and Norberto Herz

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Nobel 0.2 supports Swagger and RAML

Time ago, while I was working with the team building RAML, I took advantage of a hackathon to build the first version of Nobel. Briefly, Nobel is an application that uses an API high level definition written with (Swagger or RAML to generate the Arduino code implementing that API. That first version only supported RAML as the definition language. Recently working and researching a bit more about Swagger and its toolset, I was able to add support for this language as well.

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