Remote | Remote Work VS Distributed Work

The crucial difference between remote work and distributed work
Work In Progress Dropbox Blog | April 03, 2020

Remote work is a discipline for the individual worker, but distributed work is a discipline for the entire organization.

Distributed work needs different tools
Distributed work needs a new social contract
Distributed work needs a more agile org chart
Distributed work needs a smart workspace

Author = Anthony Wing Kosner

Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic

Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic
Texas Monthly | March 26, 2020

(…) The grocer started communicating with Chinese counterparts in January and was running tabletop simulations a few weeks later. (But nothing prepared it for the rush on toilet paper.)

A fantastic read on how a company – H-E-B, based in San Antonio, TX – proactively prepared for the COVID-19 crisis, learning from past experience and focusing on best possible practices at all levels.

Before the Outbreak
Preparing Employees
Command Central
Trying to Keep Up
The Great Unknowns
Lessons Learned

Authors = Dan Solomon & Paula Forbes (Texas Monthly)

Scrum Framework: Illustration

Scrum Framework: Illustration
Agiletrick | Undated

Came across this cool illustration covering the Scrum Framework, Roles, Artifacts & Ceremonies.

The source is Agiletrick, an Indian Education company offering “Live Virtual Classes: Upskill . Get Trained and Get Certified. SAFe, Scrum, Kanban, DevOps, PMP®, Prince2®, Six Sigma, ITIL, BUSINESS ANALYSIS”

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Mobile Security: Facial Recognition in China

China due to introduce face scans for mobile users
BBC | December 01, 2019

Interesting to check on what is done elsewhere in terms of mobile security & access. China is light years ahead in terms of Facial Recognition.

(…) How widespread is facial recognition in China?
China is often described as a surveillance state – in 2017 it had 170 million CCTV cameras in place across the country with the goal of installing an estimated 400 million new ones by 2020.

The country is also setting up a “social credit” system to keep score of the conduct and public interactions of all its citizens in one database.

The aim is that by 2020, everyone in China will be enrolled in a vast national database that compiles fiscal and government information to give a “ranking” for each citizen.

Facial recognition plays a key role in the surveillance system and it has been lauded as a way of catching fugitives. Last year, media noted that police were able to pick a fugitive out of a crowd of 60,000 at a concert using the technology.

Author = BBC

Tools | Project Management: Basecamp Personal, Free

Basecamp now has a totally free version to help you manage personal projects. You don’t even need a credit card
The Verge | November 14, 2019

(…) Basecamp launched a new, free tier of its project management software, which it calls Basecamp Personal. Basecamp was originally designed for small businesses, offering handy features like chat, an internal message board, group to-dos, a shared schedule, and more, all in one place. Typically, though, it costs $99 per month, which could be prohibitively expensive if you’re just looking for something to help manage tasks in your personal life or with a smaller group of people.

Basecamp says Basecamp Personal is designed “specifically for freelancers, students, families, and personal projects,” and with it, you can make spaces for up to three projects, work on these projects with up to 20 users, and store up to one gigabyte of data in those projects. The new tier seems to put Basecamp in direct competition with free tiers from other project management tools like Asana and Trello, as well as workplace chat software like Slack and Microsoft Teams.

Author = Jay Peters

Basecamp Personal

Get it together, for free.
Introducing Basecamp Personal: our 100% free Basecamp plan that’s tailor-made for freelancers, students, families, and personal projects. Sometimes good things really do come in small packages.
Sign up for Basecamp Personal

Tools | Game changer?

Move over, Excel and Google Sheets. Meet the spreadsheet of the future
Fast Company | November 22, 2019

(…) The best way to describe is as a mashup between a traditional spreadsheet, à la Sheets or Excel, and a more advanced database or project-management service like Trello or Basecamp. You bring in any sort of data you want, including financial records, product launch plans, employee databases, and even full-fledged CRM worksheets. Then, similar to what’s offered by services such as Smartsheet and Airtable—with some new twists we’ll explore more thoroughly in a moment—you gain the ability to manage it in a contemporary and collaboration-friendly environment with lots of added bells and whistles.

Article goes into a few of the features of the product, which is not yet available, so I could not test it. You can sign up to request an early access (see below).

Author = JR Raphael (Fast Company)

Website is a Work In Progress as I post this. There is an option to “Request Early Access”:

Click here to Request Early Access

Website: Spreadsheets that come alive as applications
Work better together, wherever you are.

Current Hot Job Skills & Udemy

Looking to switch careers? Learn these job skills right now
Fast Company | November 14, 2019

(…) Online learning platform Udemy for Business released the top courses in which companies enroll their employees, which is shorthand for the must-have skills in each field:


  • Python
  • React
  • Docker
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certification


  • Excel
  • SQL
  • Financial analysis
  • Tableau
  • Leadership
  • Accounting


  • Digital marketing
  • Python
  • Web development
  • SQL
  • Google ads
  • Excel


  • Sales skills
  • Excel
  • Leadership
  • Web development
  • Public speaking
  • Communication

Author = Arianne Cohen (Fast Company)

Udemy always has promos going, allowing you to purchase training for a fraction of the cost. Create an account, select your favorite courses and buy them when there is a promo that fits your budget.

Time Management: Meetings & PTA-S

Time Management: Meetings & PTA-S
Yours Truly | November 2019


  • Purpose
  • Time
  • Agenda
  • Summary

Scrum Master prepares a PTA-S before each Meeting
PTA = presented in 5 minutes at the beginning of the Meeting
S = presented at the end of the Meeting, time-box to 5 minutes/hour

Summary = Notes taken by the Scrum Master during the Meeting, when Agenda Items are discussed. Makes sure everyone is on par with what was discussed and potentially shareable with non-participants.

If anything come up that is not in the Agenda, take note of it in a Parking, to be discussed afterward.

Source = Michael de la Maza in “Robust Scrum Master Training” (Udemy)