Category Archives: Point of View

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 »

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 »

One year anniversary in Seattle

1 year already that we (my family and I) moved to the Pacific Northwest area, specifically in Seattle area (we are actually in a suburban neighborhood called Kirkland). The adaptation to this new place is going smoothly, the mentality is quite similar to the one we were used to in Switzerland but friendlier so we… Read More »

A son, a new job and a relocation

There have been quite a lot going on in my life the past months, following the timeline of the events: Most importantly, my wife gave birth to a healthy and beautiful son, named Baptiste. He is already quite tall and is wearing 3 month cloth after only 1 month of life :). Few weeks before,… Read More »