11 Sep 2019
22 Aug 2019

Imagine this: after months or years of hard work, you’ve been recognized by your boss and you’re being promoted to take the leading role on your team. You made it! That big effort is finally paying off! Now you can sit back and relax. All you will have to do is give orders, see the work flowing and see the results coming, right? Wrong! Let me tell you, my dear reader, that the hardest part is coming your way. I mean, yes, it’s cool you got the promotion and it’s great for your career. You probably deserve it, but it does have some down sides that come within the package that people don’t usually tell you. But don’t worry, I’m here to help you!

07 Aug 2019

When it came time to decide on which communication hub to use for Unosquare, the decision was pretty simple. I chose Microsoft Teams over Slack and it’s a decision I’m still happy with today. We were already Office 365 and Skype for Business users, so it was a natural progression for use to implement Teams for our globally distributed employees. We expected some resistance from those that were (and still are) loyal to Slack when we made the official decision to use Teams, but the reason behind our decision makes sense for Unosquare.

26 Jul 2019

Last week we hosted Moe Carrick, an industry recognized leadership consultant, facilitator, speaker and author at our Guadalajara offices to engage with our team leads and leadership from Delivery Management, Client Success, Recruiting and HR. This event is part of an overarching goal we share at Unosquare - to help our employees to be and do their best every day. We believe that by focusing on people first and enabling them to succeed by providing them with the tools, processes and training opportunities they need, they will do their best for our customers. It’s simple really, as our mission states: “at our core, weare no more than a group of people pushing our personal boundaries to do the best work we have ever done.”

12 Jul 2019

In a previous post, I talked about a couple of examples of bad leadership and what we can learn from them. To close the circle, I want to elaborate on the same topic but from the other side of the court: some examples of harmful individual contributors I’ve encountered in my professional experience. As a disclaimer, I’m not going to talk about the typical case of a low performer on a team. That is a widespread situation for which, applying some specific strategies, you can manage and handle. I want to focus this more on a personality perspective.

21 Jun 2019

As Unosquare expands its presence from our Mexico and Northern Ireland delivery centers, we continue to learn valuable lessons on the key drivers for successful software development with distributed teams. One of the more important lessons we’ve learned is to set clear expectations early in the client relationship in order to prevent problems down the line.

11 Jun 2019

My last post comparing IT Staff Augmentation and Software Outsourcing sets the table for a conversation about the pros and cons of both models. Remember that being able to make a distinction between your options is important to make the right decision for what will work for your firm and for the work that is to be done. For this post, we will be focusing on IT Staff Augmentation and do a quick review before dissecting the benefits and the potential drawbacks.

16 May 2019

Often IT professionals don’t see much of a difference between staff augmentation and software outsourcing when they are putting together development teams. Before I worked at Unosquare, I wasn’t really aware of the distinction and thought of them basically as synonyms. But now that I’m a Tech Lead, I’ve learned that there is a clear and important distinction between staff augmentation vs outsourcing and have come to understand why it’s vital that companies choose the right solution when getting started with remote team services.

09 May 2019

Improving your "soft skills" will support a development team in effectively meeting project goals. When it comes to QA, these are some some of the more contemporary communication skills that have served to be effective in communicating with our Agile teams at Unosquare.

1. BE TACTFUL

03 May 2019

As a reminder, last week we covered: Starting with Why, Defining Roles, Breaking Things Down, Drawing Pictures and Writing Words and Not Starting with the Small Stuff. These steps should provide a pretty solid foundation for a team to build on. So without further ado, mute your notifications for 10 minutes and let’s dive in to the remaining “Do’s and Don’ts” of our software development guideline.