What makes a team effective?

I often wonder what makes some team more effective than other. Why I felt more empowered in some team compared to some others. The simplistic reasons that pops to mind are about the quality of the leadership and the joy experimented at work. The People Operation team at Google shared interesting conclusions from a study… Read More »

Prioritizing features and requests

As an engineer we often get approached by a PM, or other teams members, for features, update in requirements, or any other changes. Some change will sounds really exciting, either because they are intellectually challenging or because their outcome looks obviously great. However, before getting too excited there a few questions we can ask that will… Read More »

How to lie with statistics

Just before the thanksgiving break, I attended to a book club event (internal to Bing) and Scott Berkun advised to read the book “How to lie with statistics”. I decided to use the thanksgiving break time to read it. Written by Darrell Huff in 1954, the book was extremely refreshing (the tone used in the… Read More »

Introduction to Machine Learning, from data acquisition to a production service

In this post I want to share some notions of machine learning and a how-to get started with Microsoft Azure ML studio. Machine learning is a quite complex topic, especially if you want to understand the theory and algorithms that are behind it. If you want to go deeper in understanding ML I would encourage… Read More »

Embracing change

We all experienced change in our life. Whether small, like moving to a new home, or larger, like changing job or moving to a new country, it always comes with a fair amount of stress. I believe that the stress associated with change is coming from all the uncertainty that change triggers (I’m not a… Read More »

Career superpowers – book summary

I loved this book, career superpowers: succeeding on purpose by James Whittaker. It is refreshing to strategically think about your career and to feel in control. The author breaks down the career superpowers in 8 attributes: ambition, passion, specialization, storytelling, imitation, derivation, creativity, and leadership. Ambition Ambition sets the bar for you career, you increase… Read More »