en: What would you do to change someone else’s world for better? Inspiration and effect!

Sometimes I see people saying that they don’t need to do anything to improve the world they live in, since they do their part, paying taxes. Some believe that government needs to take action.

I have another opinion about it, and as far as I know, lots of people have another opinion too.

In summary: What we have in place, it’s not enough. Waiting on government, will not help at all. We need action. We need to help people to take action. Let’s do it ourselves.

The thing is: people develop ways to do good to their communities, and therefore to their cities, countries and bingo, world!

But how? Is there a ticket to buy somewhere?

Do we need something huge like a “live aid“?

No.

Do we need a disaster to happen, to start looking for these things?

No.

Do I need to wait for World Social Forum to come to my country?

No…

So, give one example of movement to help and/or follow!

Looking at software development world, we have opensource software, a movement that creates an environment for knowledge sharing. An environment that helps people all around the world to build better software, and have access to computer software with less costs.

With these things, other people can do good to their communities. That’s good.

That’s a way to help changing someone else’s world.

But, let’s take a look at “a thing” that is universal… music!

I’m gonna use as an example, Playing for Change.

Here’s a message: no matter who you are, no matter where you go in your life, at some point, you gonna need somebody to stand by you. Check this:

That turned out to become a movement all around the world, called playing for change.

But, how that’s relate to software world?

They did something and later on they realize that it was big and could become a movement to help people to help people. Musicians could make this happen.

So… we need to understand how to make a movement?

Maybe… check this TED.com talk about how to start a movement.

So this is all about following someone and help the movement to grow. Some movement you believe and want to help.

Here I go then. Follow me.

Well, every time I do an event related to technology, where I get a lot of people together, I do some action for those who need help, with donation of food or clothing.

It’s like a “presenting for change“, where you have people doing what they love to do, presenting technology, running coding dojos, but with a social action together with it. It is a simple way to continue being who you are, and doing what you do, but getting different results from your actions.

If you are working close to a technology users group (take Java or Ruby or Agile for instance), you can do that.
If you are doing an event, you can add some kind of donation to an entity that needs help in your event schedule.

So, all my events will have an entry pass, a donation?

Well, if it is a donation, you can’t make it mandatory. But, you can ask people to bring donations! They have a choice. Give them a choice. They will bring donations, if they want to!

So, bottom line is?

Look around and you will see that a lot of people need help. Check for nongovernmental organizations that need help. You will not be able to help them all. Help some of them, check for local needs, ask for help to understand and find organizations that need more help. And help them. With the help of your community. You will find people willing to help. Go for it.

Let’s Help It!

This post was first wrote in May 17th of 2010. It was on my draft since today. Since then I was searching for a way to help this new movement to happen. And here we go again. Let’s Help It! It is an open source software deployed in a free cloud environment, where you can add organizations near you. Therefore other people looking for organizations where they live, can look at that.

It took less than a month to build the first release of the software (from Aug 8th to Aug 31st), following Engineering practices from Agile Software Development Methodologies, with free time from a team of great developers, people I respect a lot. Thanks a lot to all people who made it happen and will continue. And if you want to make it happen too, help us to improve the software! Get in touch and play with us!

Empreender é arriscado? O que você tem a perder?

As vezes vejo pessoas falando em empreender, nos riscos, e tudo mais… e pergunto! O que impede você de tentar aplicar algumas horas do seu dia em alguma ideia que você entende que pode dar certo?

Continue a ler “Empreender é arriscado? O que você tem a perder?”

Testes para Desenvolvedores Delphi – Palestra da Delphi Online Conference

Eu tive a oportunidade de palestrar na Delphi Online Conference, evento realizado no dia 25 de fevereiro de 2010. Palestrei sobre Testes para Desenvolvedores Delphi, e foi uma oportunidade para tratar do assunto Metodologias Ágeis para a comunidade Delphi.

Esta mesma palestra eu apresentei ao vivo na Delphi Conference realizada em 2009.

Falei sobre Manifesto Ágil, princípios do Manifesto Ágil, falei sobre Sistema Toyota de Produção e Lean, falei sobre eXtreme Programming.

Depois entrei para ferramentas e um exemplo de uso. Na parte de ferramentas, falei sobre DUnit, Selenium IDE, Delphi Discover, Want, e inclusive publiquei o exemplo usado no Google Code (projeto Delphi Test Automation). Pretendo seguir trabalhando este exemplo para adicionar mais ferramentas e gerar mais informação para a comunidade.

É importante que todo desenvolvedor saiba trabalhar com diferentes técnicas de teste, exemplo testes de unidade ou testes funcionais. Ainda, que busquem técnicas e ferramentas de automação que levem a maior produtividade.

Afinal, tempo é dinheiro certo?

Não! 🙂

Como já diz o Jaime Wagner, tempo é vida. Então use seu tempo para automatizar ao máximo seu trabalho e invista seu tempo em outras coisas ao invés de ficar horas testando uma aplicação manualmente. Faça certo da primeira vez, construa seu software com qualidade, seja transparente com seu cliente, e trabalhe em equipe.

Bom, você pode fazer download da apresentação ou assistir a mesma online. Ela dura pouco mais de 1h e 10min. Aproveite e qualquer comentário, por favor, colabore, critique e mande feedback.

— Daniel Wildt

en: Mixing Tomatoes with Songs? That’s a SongDoro!

Quer ver esta história em português? Siga por este post então: Songdoro! Ganhe tempo ouvindo música!

You may be aware of the pomodoro technique, a simple time management tool where you run short cycles on “full focus mode” during 25 minutes, rest 5 minutes and then you run again another cycle.

After four cycles, you have a big 30 minute break.

Repeat that and get all your things done in a funny and focused way during your day.

Simple right? It’s awesome, and it works!

How it works?

To run this you need to have a prioritized list of tasks you want to accomplish and you can use those to focus on your “pomodoris”, a.k.a. the short cycles. If some new task comes up, you add that to the bottom of the list, in a section called unplanned tasks, so you can understand what came up during your day.

I always used a kitchen timer or my cellphone timer to manage my time. Here is my kitchen timer, that I use to celebrate my pomodoris:

So far, all the same right? So here I go again.

Well, a friend of mine was talking about how he introduced the subject to a friend. He ask the guy to focus on one task while listening to a Ramones CD. No interuptions during that period. None. The guy finished one task before the CD finished. Somewhat like 30 something minutes. That’s Ramones. He was supposed to take 2 hours to do that. The guy loved!

That’s one story. Keep that in mind.

I was talking to my sister, about Power Songs. She is a runner, and she always use Power Songs to get that extra motivation. You may run listening songs, using a default or random playlist. But, you gotta have those special songs right? Well, those are your power songs!

By using a Power Song the runner can find that “instant” energy needed to finish a course. You can find some products like iPods+Nike kit with that resource or something, you can find people, like runners and bikers talking about Power Songs.

Ok?

Ok.

So…

If I use those two ideas together, I get the SONGDORO! 🙂

The idea is simple, you build playlists to focus on what you have to focus, and everytime you build a playlist, the last two songs, are your power songs.

When you listen those powersongs, you know you are at the end of a songdoro, and you gotta do what you gotta do!

And, when you listen to your break song, you stop doing and break for five minutes. My break song is Harvest Moon, from Neil Young. Duration? 5 minutes!

So, that’s the idea. 30 minutes playlist, where 25 minutes of songs + 5 min break song. The break song is always the same!

Take a look into one of my SongDoros. I’ve built a sample playlist at Groove Shark to share this. This is for one songDoro, atually I could say a “songdori”, with 25 min + 5 min break 🙂

Example: from a classic songdoro I have, the break song is Harvest Moon. My power songs in this example are:
– 12:51 from The Strokes, and
– Basket Case from Greenday.

Try it! Enjoy it!

Criando um ambiente de aprendizado

Quebrar paradigmas, inserir novas idéias, criar foco, criar disciplina, criar sinergia no time. Podemos olhar o papel de um coach dentro de um time ágil como alguém com iniciativa para trabalhar estes pontos. De início.

Olhando outra perspectiva, temos Terry Tate, que participou de uma série de propagandas, mostrando o papel de um “Office Linebacker“. O que Terry faz em diversos pontos é criar jogos mentais, e trabalhar muito bem a disciplina, mas não simplesmente criando avisos, alertas ou padrões, motivando as equipes. Ele garante que o time deve manter o foco.

Continue a ler “Criando um ambiente de aprendizado”

en: Introduction to Test Driven Development

So, I have done one presentation about Test Driven Development yesterday, touching TDD concepts and also lots of concepts about Behavior Driven Development (BDD).

There are simple concepts about the test first process. You have to write a test that fails, write code to make the test pass and then refactor your code. Keep the bar green to keep the code clean, remember this.

Repeat this cycle until you don’t have anything else to test for a specific feature.

Looking at a User Story and its acceptance tests, you also have to make sure you are adding business value on every test.

Simple right?

Well, you have to practice.

A lot.

Really.

I’m not kidding.

Believe me.

By the way, don’t leave technical debt behind.

Just for information, currently I manage teams developing in Java (Web), Java (Mobile) and Delphi (Desktop/WebBroker).

Looking at Java Web, I’m starting to teach teams how to use JUnit for automated unit tests, and code coverage with Emma and EclEmma (Eclipse Plug-in).

For Java Mobile, the solution will be based on J2ME Unit and Cobertura for Java ME.

And Delphi, we are going with DUnit and Delphi Discover, a Coverage Tool for Delphi programmers.

And also looking at test automation, both Delphi and Java Web apps will use Selenium to help on automation of web processes.

Well, you can wait more articles on each of those tools and relation to Agile Development and eXtreme Programming practices.

So, remember: you are build tests for prevention of defects. With this you are also building tests to do regression testing.

Keep quality high, always.

Entrevista sobre Metodologias Ágeis para o pessoal da Bluesoft

Conversei com o Luiz Farias da Bluesoft no Agiles 2009. O Luiz é uma figura que está em praticamente todos eventos de Metodologias Ágeis que participo, seja palestrando ou participando, se faz realmente presente na comunidade e agora está com uma série de vídeos no blog da Bluesoft.

Falei com eles sobre o uso de Metodologias Ágeis no mundo acadêmico e passei algumas dicas de sites.

Veja a entrevista, no Vimeo.



Ainda falando sobre Bluesoft, vale a pena conferir o Pronto, software open source desenvolvido pelo pessoal da própria Bluesoft para gestão de projetos que usam Metodologias Ágeis.

[update nov/2014] E claro, não posso deixar de citar o Acelerato, software para gestão e helpdesk da Bluesoft.