NAT: Build protocols, not platforms

For those who follow me here, know that I’m a big fan of Twitter and even one of the first ones with an account there, as I managed…

NAT: Let’s talk about Apple

Let’s talk about Apple! Again, I know I know. But this time is about my Apple pet peeves. The things that I really hate about Apple devices and…

NAT: Growing Teams and Culture

If you work in a high growth company, where the head count doubles or triples every year, or even less, then you know it’s hard to build a…

NAT: Work Ready For Students

This week I spent a day with year 12 grade kids, in a workshop style approach, bringing real life scenarios for them to solve, propose solutions, use their…

NAT: Building Roadmaps

Did you ever used a roadmap to build company culture and provide a communication tool for everyone? Or are you just stuck to product roadmaps as feature announcements…

NAT: Building Feature Teams

I’ve been recently dealing up close with engineering teams – I’m leading one at the moment- and also with the way what we’re going to build (and setup)…

NAT: Acronyms & Business Jargon

CoE, PaaS, SaaS, CI, CD, MVP, ACL, APIM, BSOD, EOF, FIFO, CDN… They’re all acronyms that most of us use every day, but my favorite ones are PEBMAC…

NAT: Cloud Minimum Viable Product

I still remember how complicated it was to develop applications on the late 90’s and then web applications on the early 2000’s. Back then there was no cloud,…

NAT: Career Gaps Explained

Recently, I’ve seen some posts and comments about career gaps. And looking at a recent LinkedIn feature, it seems like a thing they will do to help everyone…

The Resignation of Agile

Recently, everyone has been talking about the great resignation [1]; on how people are quitting their jobs in record numbers. Even after the pandemic, it accelerated, and people…

NAT: Crisis Management

Few weeks ago, Portugal was targeted by hackers and a large newsgroup was hacked – or better, erased -, another one was disrupted and a critical infrastructure provider…

NAT: Hobbies in Technology

It feels like everyone in technology have a hobby nowadays! From what I’ve seen on pretty much of the social networks, it’s quite trendy to have a side…

NAT: Back to the Office?

It’s been over 2 years of covid and back to work is on everyone’s mind, coffee machines are being warmed up, desks moved and emails being fired asking…

NAT: Communicating your strategy

At the beginning of the last decade I was lucky enough to work for one of the largest communication and PR companies in Portugal, where I learned a…

NAT: Voice Operating Systems

For those who have been following me for years, know that I’m a big fan of Alexa – the voice assistant from Amazon. Not only a fan, but…

NAT: Predictions for 2022

Predicting something in today’s day and age is quite hard. Specially because times are fast changing and tech is moving at warp speed. For this year, my three…

Drone Rant – Over Water

I’ve been a drone pilot for some time now. Since my Phantom 3 and now with my Mavic Zoom 2 – which I love it! I have already…

NAT: Innovation Per Watt

2021 was the year where we got the best performance per watt CPU on the market: the apple M1. But it was also the year that Intel got…

NAT: Human Action Cycle

There is a psychological model by which it describes the steps humans take when they interact with computer systems. This model can be used to help evaluate if…

NAT: Competitive Advantage

There are lots of reasons for people and business to choose you, your work, product or services, over other available options and competitors, but it’s your ability to…

NAT: Zero Trust Security

We all love buzzwords! Especially security folks that for the past decade found ways to bring design and marketing together. Just look at the ransomware designs, or logos…

NAT: Clive Sinclair ZX Spectrum

The Timex Sinclair 2048 was my first computer, ever. It’s the reason why I work in technology and why I do indeed love so much this world, even…

Tech Talks London – Season 4

There are some things in life that this pandemic changed, for sure and in a way that we’re still to understand. Tech Talks London is a show that…

NAT: Event Driven Architecture

Is really event driven architecture a buzz or actually a new idea? Indeed, it’s not something new. From complex event processing to the hardware interrupts of the UNIVAC, computers have been…

NAT: No Code, No Worries

No code? No worries! That’s how many of the no-code or even low-code platforms marketing themselves. But the purpose of no-code platforms is to make things easier for…

NAT: Domain Driven & Strategic Design

All these new microservice-based architecture became a standard for designing a modular scalable software architecture. You will face, at certain moment of growth, challenges of splitting monolithic applications…

NAT: Cloud Exit Strategy

We are currently in a world where friends don’t let friends build datacentres, where the cloud needs to be first and where serverless is the new gold standard…

NAT: Product Roadmaps

Did you know that effective roadmaps can help an organization make deliberate choices about a products’ development? But either you’re writing or reading a roadmap, you still have…

NAT: Failures and starting small

We all know that most projects fail. Some of them even fail multiple times. But is there a way to actually reduce this rate and likelihood of failure?…

NAT: Product Strategy

What is value? How do we achieve value in a product? These are some of the things people think when they talk about value products. But values are…

IPV6 DNS with the Nokia HyperHub by Hyperoptic

NAT: Dependencies in Agile

Agile isn’t something new. Actually, everyone in the industry thinks they do some sort of agile, even if sometimes it’s a masked version of waterfall. But one of…

NAT: Listen first, question later

Everyone today wants collaboration to work. It’s important then to ask the right questions or give space for others to ask them. Harnessing the skills and independent thinking…

NAT: Dealing with complexity

The world now is quite complex, like it never was before. Not because only of the current pandemic, markets moving fast, but also companies have more complex operations…

NAT: Performance Reviews

Performance reviews are sometimes worse than filling timesheets. Not because managers have to do them, but rather because it requires an alignment between current company objectives, individual personal…

NAT: Agile should be fine, not better

Agile, scrum, devops and all other abstract solutions are common terms nowadays in companies, startups and development teams. But the problem is that expectations are always set too…

NAT: Disruption vs Motivation

2020 has been a very though year for everyone. From disrupting companies, life’s and families, the change that this pandemic brought is here to stay. This episode is…

Dell Hell – Final Take

For those following me here on the blog, might have noticed that I’ve been complaining about Dell lately. First of modern standby, then about the WiFi from KillerNetworking…

Dell Hell WiFi (Killer)

Most – if not all – Dell XPS model have a wifi/bluetooth card that comes from Killer Networking. As the name says, it kills most of your laptop…

Dell Hell and Modern Standby

In short, Dell is screwing around Windows Modern Standby (CS3) and with Windows 10 20H2 some power options are removed. So what we would do before with power…

NAT: Coaching is better than feedback

Every leader wants to get the best performance from their team. In companies, the importance of learning on the job and continuous employee development can’t be overstated. But…

NAT: OKR’s in remote first companies

We are currently working remotely and a lot of companies are already positioning themselves as a remote first ones. So managers need to rethink the way they measure…

NAT: Priorities, the magic behind it

You can do dense documents, using the SMART goals, held weekly meetings, use a multitude of tools, but the magic metric in companies in my opinion are clear…

NAT: Soft Skills are very important

A lot of people talk about how tough it is to work with developers, especially if you come from a non-technical background. So on this video I’ll talk…

NAT: Influencers are just sales people

Influencers are the new QVC people. If you look at it, what we are now seeing is a new rebranding of the old days of telesales. And now…

NAT: Everyone hates metrics

Funny thing that a few years ago, I worked at a company that was using the mantra of “no ticket not task”, which lead me to write a…

NAT: Tech Laws (3/3) – Conway & Pareto Principle

There are few laws that contain some of the most influential ideas that the biggest tech companies use to run their operations, design business models, and build products….

NAT: Tech Laws (2/3) – Gall & 2 Pizza Rule

There are few laws that contain some of the most influential ideas that the biggest tech companies use to run their operations, design business models, and build products….

NAT: Tech Laws (1/3) – Moore & Metcalfe

There are few laws that contain some of the most influential ideas that the biggest tech companies use to run their operations, design business models, and build products….

NAT: Do you think you do agile?

When you do Agile, are you aligned to the methodology or just the tools and frameworks? Are you still on Waterfall and what keeps you there? And now…