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Here is a quick recap of what happened to me since the last newsletter.
I recommend the following books that I recently finished reading:
📚 Clean Agile
– I really enjoyed the book, even though I disagree with some statements (in particular, that it’s OK to continuously underdeliver under the justification that the sprint is not a commitment). The book is an easy read, it explains well how XP, Scrum, Agile, and Software Craftsmanship are connected, and I recommend it to everyone no matter how much experience you have working in an agile environment.
📚 Team Topologies
– As a seasoned Continuous Delivery and DevOps practitioner I didn’t expect to find something new, but this book positively surprised me. Team Topologies is a great read about scaling organizations and software development. In fine detail, with concrete practices, it explains how to (re)-structure your teams to achieve flow. It’s well-written, well-structured, and has lots of take-aways.
📚 Flowers for Algernon
– This masterpiece was a heart-touching, rather than technical. The book tells a story about of a mentally disabled man and his quest for intelligence.
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that I am growing together with my wife Julia has reached 76K subscribers. What started as a fun initiative has turned into one of the most influential Instagram account for new grads and beginner developers. It took “only” one and a half years of everyday work and 630 posts to reach that level. The next big milestone – 100K.
I exchanged all my S&P 500 shares for Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer stocks. Thanks to COVID pandemic and airline industry crisis, you can buy shares of the largest aerospace companies at 50% discount. Moreover, due to 737 Max grounding, Boeing shares are also undervalued and cheap to buy (obviously, all “experts” see it as too risky to buy).
I also switched from LHV Trader to trade directly via Interactive Brokers. It’s faster and cheaper. Generally, I don’t see any good reason to use trading tools provided by your bank, except when you don’t have other choice.
As for the cryptocurrency, I sold all my crypto assets for EUR and don’t plan to buy until crypto plummets. It’s also fascinating that Coinbase Pro suspended my account during the most fruitful trading days and kept it locked until I could not make big profits anymore. Just a coincidence, or?…
I have sold my apartment in Riga and will settle in Tallinn for the next two month. I spent a whole day bargaining and negotiation a good deal on Airbnb and finally booked a cozy apartment in the old town. Take-away: the standard Airbnb prices are inflated. You can and should negotiate.