9 books on leadership every leader should read


We are often asked, at workshops and talks on leadership, for reference materials that participants can read if they want to dig deeper into the subject. Here are 9 books we recommend on leadership if you are serious about developing your skills or your team’s skills as a leader. We have ordered them in a sequence […]

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The family grows


The family grows; Last May Smoking Brains we welcomed Manuel Martin as a new member of the team, welcome, Manu! Manu shares  our passion for Agile , the enthusiasm for work well done and the focus of delivering constant value. With a very interesting background in the world of embedded software, Manu enriching complements the […]

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Public speaking: an essential leadership skill


As we work with organizations and teams to help them to improve and collaborate better, we see again and again that one of the cornerstones of these changes is the capacity to communicate effectively and transmit our message with impact. Florian Mueck is dedicating himself to exactly this. He is a public speaking trainer and his main […]

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How to run a large project retrospective

Scytl success case

36.510.952 registered voters in Spain and outside and only a few months to make it all happen. In September 2015, Scytl picked up the challenge of supporting the Spanish General Elections that were to take place on December 20th. There was no possibility for mistake. The project had to be carried out and delivered on […]

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What are Agile methodologies?


The term “Agile methodologies” or “Agile” is used to refer to a set of working methodologies that stand on 4 fundamental pillars: Results as a measure of progress Collaboration with the client Adaptation to change People These four pillars, together with the principles and values around them, are the ones that make agile methodologies so attractive, independently of the […]

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Agile and Traditional peace at PM Camp Barcelona


The echoing halls of the University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, were impressive and invited us to speak in a slightly lower tone that we usually would. Once we passed them though, we arrived to the refreshing view of the interior gardens above which the Project Management unconference, PM CAMP Barcelona, was taking place. For […]

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Another year of Software Craftsmanship Barcelona just went by!

Software Craftsmanship Barcelona 2015

It is 8 in the morning on a saturday, just like any other, in the neighbourhood of Poblenou in Barcelona. Nothing seems particularly exciting except for a few drunks who just got out of the Razzmatazz Club, and are starting a fight across the street from an old metal factory building. A building, which for […]

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Turning market risk into technical risk, or how to start your customer discovery


After the initial Lean Canvas it is easy to get lost on what to do next when you have so many assumptions so I use some techniques to help me keep on track. I will take you through my train of thought with BARconWIFI.com as an example.

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How to apply a lean canvas practical example


Lean canvas has a lot of advantages compared to a traditional business plan document but there are three reasons why I think doing anything else at the beginning, is a waste of time.In this post we will see the iterative nature of lean canvas and I show what I use it for: analyzing, dissecting and communicating my business idea, following its evolution, identifying blind spots, identifying assumptions, etc.As usual some personal tips and I also show how the initial lean canvas for BARconWIFI.com looked like.

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Anatomy of a customer development problem interview script


Let’s take a look at how a problem interview script could look like as well as some resources you might find interesting when building your own script. As usual the example is with BARconWIFI.com

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