en: How to disable pop-up notification for Skype on Mac OS X

So, I’m a Mac OS user for almost an year now, and to increase my productivity I always disable notifications whenever I can.

For Skype, I used to turn-off the app when running my pomodoros (in my case songdoros), cause I don’t want to receive notifications from it. But, sometimes people call me using Skype and Skype-in calls my mobile. So, I want to know people are calling me and delay the response for later. I don’t want to be disturbed.

Are you a Mac OS user? Want to disable those pop-ups in Skype?
So there you go!

Go to System Preferences, check category “Other” and there you have Growl. Click on it, and you will see a list of applications that are using Growl. Select Skype and then click Configure >> Notifications. Now you can set preferences for events related to Skype.

Example, disable Contact Signed In or Contact Signed Out and get your focus back!

pt: Agile Brazil 2011 – Aí vou eu!

Eu vou no Agile Brazil 2011, e vou participar de algumas atividades durante o evento. Vamos por dia!

Dia: 27 de junho de 2011
Treinamento de Test Driven Development com outras figuras da comunidade ágil do Brasil. Na edição de 2010 oferecemos um treinamento de eXtreme Programming. Neste ano vamos focar na prática de Test Driven Development, trabalhando com práticas relacionadas ao TDD. TDD é para a vida inteira!

Dia: 28 de junho de 2011
Estarei assistindo o treinamento de Lean, do meu amigo Christopher G. Thompson, do Lean Institute Brasil. Estarei lá para participar de boas discussões!

Dia: 29 de junho
Inicio no primeiro dia de evento com o workshop Da visão a produção – Criando produtos e lançando ao mercado. A ideia é dar dicas de como estruturar a criação de um produto e preparar o seu lançamento. A partir de ideias elaboradas de exemplos de produtos os participantes serão desafiados a trabalhar questões como roadmap, pitch de venda, lançamento estilo hollywood, e formas de como criar um produto que pode ser lançado aos poucos e realmente testar e buscar mercado. É colocar as práticas ágeis e conceitos de lean startups na prática e poder levar isto para a vida real. Serão 110 minutos de prática! Aparece lá!

Dia: 30 de junho
Lightning Talk “Jogue basquete e desenvolva times multifuncionais“. O objetivo é falar a respeito dos ensinamentos do basquete e como as equipes podem crescer com isto.

Lightning Talk “Ramones ou Jazz? Ou os dois? Buscando produtividade com músicas” em par com o Helio Medeiros (@helmedeiros). Objetivo da palestra? Gerar concentração, buscar motivação, acreditar que uma música pode ajudar a buscar resultados. Tudo isto usando a pomodoro technique em um ritmo alterado, através das músicas e do “songdoro”, que mistura pomodoro technique com o conceito das powersongs.

Lightning Talk “Desenvolvimento Orientado a Testes — Está na hora de aplicar no seu trabalho!“. Em uma entrevista de emprego, o candidato se diz praticante de Test Driven Development. Pratica em casa nos projetos pessoais, na faculdade, nos coding dojos que participa nas comunidades que faz parte, mas não pratica no trabalho. Lá não dá. E como fica? Descubra abordagens para fazer o assunto acontecer no trabalho também.

Fora isto, espero poder participar e puxar alguns Coding Dojos e parear com algumas pessoas! Os projetos podem ser o @catarse_, o @letshelpit ou algum outro projeto que apareça até lá… e pior que vai aparecer mesmo. Faço atualizações por aqui… 🙂

Acompanhe as últimas novidades do evento pelo twitter @agilebrazil ou siga a tag #AgileBR para obter mais informações e comentar sobre o evento.

A Trevisan Tecnologia, empresa que atuo como CTO, é uma das apoiadoras do evento. Poder contribuir com a evolução e o ensino do assunto no mercado brasileiro deve ser tarefa de todos. Seja ensinando práticas enquanto ensina uma nova linguagem de programação, seja criando uma nova empresa com os princípios do Lean Startup e por aí vai.

Se a sua empresa também tem interesse em apoiar com patrocínio, veja mais informações no próprio site do Agile Brazil.

Spike Solutions – Why the world would be better if development teams use this as a default

When teams want to build new features in a software, what do they do?

Well, some teams I know, they plan. They build a big plan. BIG means at least 50 pages of non-structured text and diagrams that don’t say nothing about the real problem. And they do meetings!
After two months, they have a document baseline. And now, they can start design phase.

That’s no good!

We are living a time where delivery is not even important. Delivering new and valued features is a must.
We need to move faster. We need to understand risks.

We need to find as soon as possible if we are moving in a wrong direction.

So… we can choose the way we move!

There’s a technique / practice in eXtreme Programming called Spike Solution.

Spike solutions are used to understand a problem. They are used to help teams in estimation. You do spikes to know if something is huge, or if it’s a problem easy to solve.

Bottom line: You do spike solutions to learn faster about something.

So, if you are planning to do a new feature for your software, you have to do spikes. Together with spiking, do drawings to understand connections, to figure out more about user needs, do paper prototyping! Also minimize risks and understand non functional requirements.

How much time do you have for a spike? I would say no more than 4 cycles of pomodoros, or songdoros if you like the technique. By a cycle I mean four 25min focus +5min resting cycle and an extra 30min cycle after that. If we transform that in time, that’s no more than 10 hours of research. That’s actually 8 hours based on pomodoros + 2 hours resting giving space to your brain to mix current learning with what you already know.

Give it a try and help your team to find results faster. Don’t forget to document your findings and transform your spike at least in knowledge. At best in the beginning of a new feature! Enjoy!

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 during 25 minutes, but in order to get that done, he ask his friend to build a music playlist with 25 minutes. No interuptions during that period. None. The guy finished one task in 25 minutes. 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!