Flow: my addiction behind programming!

The psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced six-cent-mihaly) has studied the state of effortless attending, or  flow, as he called it. Flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. People who experience flow describe it as the “ultimate state” of effortless concentration and “joyful immersion”. So deep that they lose sense of time, of themselves and their problems. Hence Csikszentmihalyi calls it […]

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imposter syndrome

The Imposter Syndrome in Software Development

“The impostor syndrome, is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. Despite external evidence of their competence, those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others […]

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DISCLAIMER: this post may contain buzzwords!

buzz·word  (bzwûrd) n. 1. A word or phrase connected with a specialized field or group that usually sounds important or technical and is used primarily to impress laypersons: “BigData”, “Cloud”, “Internet of Things“, “Agile“, “DevOps” …. 2. A stylish or trendy word or phrase. When people in tech hear buzzwords, it usually makes their skin […]

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Landing a job in Europe for (Indian) foreigners

My network of foreign contacts in ICT is “considerably” large. The niche-recruitment arm of Valbonne Consulting receives over a hundred non EU based CV’s from qualified engineers each month. We often get asked by applicants how to land a job in Germany/France/Holland, as a foreigner … So I’d like to shed some light here. Germany is now the hot-spot of the EU […]

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My data is bigger than yours. Analyzing the fragility of BigData with Nassim N. Taleb

Gil Press (BigData guru writing for Forbes) as well as others [1][2] [3] have recently suggested that organizations can become Antifragile (gain from disorder) by adopting a BigData strategy. The concept of Antifragility has been described at length by Nassim Nicholas Taleb [1] in his brilliant book. For those who are new to the subject […]

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