Jafet Unplugged https://cubewave.net My Personal Notes, Ranting and Ravings on Technology and Programming Sun, 22 Mar 2020 00:50:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://cubewave.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Jafet Unplugged https://cubewave.net 32 32 SCRUM vs Traditional Project Management https://cubewave.net/scrum-vs-traditional-project-management/ Fri, 21 Dec 2018 08:29:12 +0000 https://www.cubewave.net/?p=79 Learn the main differences between a traditional project management methodology versus the most popular Agile management methodology, SCRUM.

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SCRUM vs Traditional Project Management

SCRUM Traditional Project Management
Emphasis In persons In processes
Documentation Minimum Excesive
Process Style Iterative Lineal
Ahead Planning Low High
Requirements Prioritization Based on business value and constantly updated. Fixed in the project plan.
Quality Guarantee Client centralized. Processes centralized.
Organization Auto-organized. Managed.
Management Style
Decentralized. Autocratic.
Changes Backlog updates and prioritization. Formal change management.
Leadership Collaborative, services leadership. Command and control.
Performance measurement Business value. Based on plan.
ROI Early / across the project. At the end of life of the project.
Participation of the change High across the project. Varies depending of the life cycle of the project.

 

Jafet Sánchez

Jafet Sánchez

Software Engineer

Software Engineer with +20 years of experience. Specialist in getting s**t done. Web Developer currently focus in the e-Commerce world with SAP Hybris and Magento (and soon Salesforce).

Happy Husband and Father of two, Jujitsu practicioner, Carnivorous, Catholic and currently living in this beautiful and cold place called Chicago

I LOVE MY LIFE 🙂

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No One Left Behind https://cubewave.net/no-one-left-behind/ https://cubewave.net/no-one-left-behind/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 22:30:26 +0000 http://www.cubewave.net/?p=51 There is no such thing as a "Dream Team", the perfection of a team is in the imperfection itself where "A" and "B" players clicks in the most unexpected situations.

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No One Left Behind

Dream Team Fantasy

There is a quote that says “None of us is a smart as all of us”, meaning that a hard team-work can produce amazing results due the sum of all the knowledge and experience of each team member, every member contributes equally and basically everybody can read each other mind, the universe is in a perfect harmony.

Bullshit! … that never happens in the real life. The truth is that most of the time a team is put together based on the project budget, never based on skill level, the client is always expecting experienced resources aka “seniors” but the reality is that at least half of the team is at “junior” level. I have seen this pattern all my professional life and is inevitable. Not that this is a bad thing, management always looks for the maximum amount of profit (as it should be), however all the pressure and responsibility falls in the team, and they are expected to deliver on-time, with-in budget and drama-free.

A + B = Success

Now, the real problem starts when the “A” players start complaining about “B” players’ performance because their knowledge is not at the same level of them for whatever reason (i.e. not familiar with a particular technology, just graduated from school or simply they are unmotivated slackers). Yes, you can be a Rock Star in the company, but your lack of leadership or arrogant know-it-all attitude will badly affect the project sooner or later, you will cause divisions and a bad vibe in the team.

In short, don’t be an asshole, nobody want to work with assholes. If you really want to be a leader and remembered as a respected professional, don’t bring your ego to the office and focus on rising your peers, mentor them until they level-up, they will become seniors eventually and they will do the same to the new juniors.

Band of Brothers

NO ONE LEFT BEHIND should be part of your company’s culture, in no time your employees won’t be just resources,they will become a Band of Brothers, ready for any project and proud to be part of your organization.

A perfect team is when everybody is transparent, everybody is there to help each-other, and most important, there is fun!

Jafet Sánchez

Jafet Sánchez

Software Engineer

Software Engineer with +20 years of experience. Specialist in getting s**t done. Web Developer currently focus in the e-Commerce world with SAP Hybris and Magento (and soon Salesforce).

Happy Husband and Father of two, Jujitsu practicioner, Carnivorous, Catholic and currently living in this beautiful and cold place called Chicago

I LOVE MY LIFE 🙂

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The Land of The Miserable Men https://cubewave.net/the-land-of-the-miserable-men-aka-the-mall/ Wed, 07 Nov 2018 19:55:10 +0000 http://www.cubewave.net/?p=19 Learn why your business is losing money because of the pissed off and bored husbands, my piece of advice is simple: Pimp out your Store!

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The Land of The Miserable Men

I hate In-Store shopping

Well no, not really, actually I love it!, but only if I find the products I’m looking for right away (let’s say in maximum of ten minutes) and I don’t have to wait in line more than five minutes to checkout so I can happily go home back to my books while my coffee is still hot. This is normally true when I previously do an online research and go to the mall ALONE at the opening hour first thing in the morning. Yes, I know we can buy almost everything online nowadays, but there are things that people still needs to buy physically or simple because impatient persons like can’t wait.

Anyways, the reality is that most of the time I visit the mall with my family at rush hours, and the torture can last hours and hours, my wife always do her online research two or three days ahead the weekend, but at the moment she steps her feet inside the mall, all the plans for a quick shopping … well … ¡se van al carajo!. She and our daughter have to visit every single store and walk across all aisles to end the day buying NOTHING or something completely different. I think that’s part of all woman DNA, do not even think about complaining about it, just breathe, close your eyes and visit your happy place in your mind while the girls play their favorite sport: Shopping!

Bad for Business

I’ve found a way to survive the shopping season, just entertaining myself reading e-books, watching funny cat videos or simply scrolling on social networks (God bless Internet!). I bet most of the fellow gentleman do the same. But If you are a retail business owner in a Mall, let me ask you something. Can you imagine the amount of money your business is losing because of the pissed off/bored husbands playing with their phones or fighting with their wives because they just don’t hurry up?.

— Vicky, hurry up!

— Wait… come here… Red or blue?

— Yeah, either is fine, let’s go now, the Creed II movie is about to start!

— Jafet stop bossing out, please be patient!

— Yeah I’m patient but we have been here for two hours already!

— If you will be with that attitude forget about it, let’s go home, I don’t want to go to the movies neither.

And that was it, a plain lose for your business and the movie theater was also affected.

The solution — Pimp out your Store

Entertain us, show us things like the old merchants did in the XV century!, for instance while Jafet is waiting for Vicky to pick the right color for her dress your Smart Store could offer him products that he is not actually looking for, but he may be interested in. Install fancy touch-screen walls with simulator games where Jafet could photoshop his face on the Rocky Balboa’s body so he can share the video through his social networks … Yo Adrian!, discretely let him know on screen that you have a new model of boxing gloves available (Sports department), a play list of workout motivation music that he can purchase right away from his phone (iTunes or Google Play), the new nutritional supplements to be strong as Rocky (GNC store in a few meters) and even a free membership trials at the upstairs Gym, oh wait! he will need running shoes and clothes, here! have a coupon for your gray sweatpants, white Converse shoes and a red headband (yes, just like Rocky).

While Vicky is still choosing a color of the ten million the human eye can distinguish, Jafet already purchased products at four different departments and he is happy! Vicky is happy, the four sales managers are happy! and his Rocky video in Facebook has 300 likes already. Do you see what I mean?

Happy Husband = Happy Shopping!

Technology

We are living in a fantastic age of history where we can invent and build whatever we want with the right technological tools, for example Artificial Intelligence engines, Beacons, Virtual and Augmented Reality applications and intelligent devices. I won’t be surprised the day the toilet paper or brush-toot can do medical analysis and warn you about health conditions, or when your automobile call the ambulance while you are driving because the steering wheel has detected hearth attack symptoms with his sensors, or going ambitious a little bit, to have the technology to extend your brain with AI chips with knowledge modules or, why not? the cure of Alzheimer.

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. (Alan Kay)

Jafet Sánchez

Jafet Sánchez

Software Engineer

Software Engineer with +20 years of experience. Specialist in getting s**t done. Web Developer currently focus in the e-Commerce world with SAP Hybris and Magento (and soon Salesforce).

Happy Husband and Father of two, Jujitsu practicioner, Carnivorous, Catholic and currently living in this beautiful and cold place called Chicago

I LOVE MY LIFE 🙂

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My Third Stripe https://cubewave.net/my-third-stripe/ https://cubewave.net/my-third-stripe/#respond Sat, 18 Aug 2018 19:50:11 +0000 https://cubewave.net/?p=137 Everybody got one today, so no big deal, however I feel a more responsibility on my shoulders

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My Third Stripe

Everybody got one today, so no big deal, however I feel a more responsibility on my shoulders, plus next month there will be a different schedule, they will split beginners class in two: Brand new students and a separate class for students with more than one stripe. The intention is to help us to progress and to rise the skill level bar. By the way, someone was promoted from White belt (zero stripes) to Blue belt. Good for him! he must be a beast!
Jafet Sánchez

Jafet Sánchez

Software Engineer

Software Engineer with +20 years of experience. Specialist in getting s**t done. Web Developer currently focus in the e-Commerce world with SAP Hybris and Magento (and soon Salesforce).

Happy Husband and Father of two, Jujitsu practicioner, Carnivorous, Catholic and currently living in this beautiful and cold place called Chicago

I LOVE MY LIFE 🙂

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Post-vacation blues https://cubewave.net/post-vacation-blues/ https://cubewave.net/post-vacation-blues/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:46:57 +0000 https://cubewave.net/?p=130 I’ve was off the mats for more than a week, and I feel terrible, I feel heavy and everything hurts...

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Post-vacation blues

I’ve was off the mats for more than a week, and I feel terrible, I feel heavy and everything hurts, today I’m returning to class and I won’t be surprised if everybody smashes me at all times. I took my gi with me with the intention to train at least one day at a local school in Tennessee, actually I talked with the coach there and made arrangements, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to find a space in time to attend.

A note to self: Next time at least do some solo drills at the middle of the night in your hotel room while everybody sleeps, you will fell better, I promise. Because right now you feel like a lazy fat piece of sh… for not even trying.

Am I right Jafet?

UPDATE (After class): Well, it wasn’t that catastrophic as I was expecting. Plus a team mate told me that I’m not a peanutbutter marshmallow anymore. (I hope this was a compliment, lol)

Jafet Sánchez

Jafet Sánchez

Software Engineer

Software Engineer with +20 years of experience. Specialist in getting s**t done. Web Developer currently focus in the e-Commerce world with SAP Hybris and Magento (and soon Salesforce).

Happy Husband and Father of two, Jujitsu practicioner, Carnivorous, Catholic and currently living in this beautiful and cold place called Chicago

I LOVE MY LIFE 🙂

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My Second Stripe https://cubewave.net/my-second-stripe/ https://cubewave.net/my-second-stripe/#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 19:23:00 +0000 https://cubewave.net/?p=125 I don’t know why, but this week I got a 2nd stripe. In all honesty I think is too soon since just a month ago I received my first stripe (it took me a year by the way).

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My Second Stripe

I don’t know why, but this week I got a 2nd stripe. In all honesty I think is too soon since just a month ago I received my first stripe (it took me a year by the way). I was told that it is not my job to decide, so I’m glad to receive it and I will do my best to honor it. At this point I’ve learned and discovered a couple of key ingredients for the formula: To breath properly, Hips position in favor of my gravity center, keep moving, just keep moving. As a side note, this is my third month without drinking any kind of soda or sugar beverages, and I feel great, I can think better and my body feels lighter. Does it have to do with my promotions?, yes, indirectly, probably, but it is true (and I was told) that my technique has improved a little bit since then.
Jafet Sánchez

Jafet Sánchez

Software Engineer

Software Engineer with +20 years of experience. Specialist in getting s**t done. Web Developer currently focus in the e-Commerce world with SAP Hybris and Magento (and soon Salesforce).

Happy Husband and Father of two, Jujitsu practicioner, Carnivorous, Catholic and currently living in this beautiful and cold place called Chicago

I LOVE MY LIFE 🙂

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My First Stripe https://cubewave.net/my-first-stripe/ https://cubewave.net/my-first-stripe/#respond Mon, 25 Jun 2018 19:18:33 +0000 https://cubewave.net/?p=120 Yes! it happened today June 25th 2018, I’ve received my 1st stripe in Jujitsu.

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My First Stripe

Last summer and just for curiosity I joined a BJJ school and since then … oh well, I still suck, but that’s out of topic today. Honestly, at the beginning I didn’t care too much about Jiujitsu per se, all I wanted was to lose some weight, but now it’s the opposite, I want to lose weight and get flexible to be able to perform the Jiujitsu techniques. This year I’m putting extra efforts and fortunately my wife has been patient and is supporting me a lot in this new therapy/hobby.

  1. Cardio from HELL!. Your real physical conditioning will be put on test, the first week was horrible for me, I wasn’t even capable of finishing the warm up without gassing out on the first 10 minutes. Yeah, they say that Jiujitsu is about technique, leverage, even old people in terminal phase can do it and blah-blah-blah; may be, but I don’t think that’s completely true, I think you need some level of fitness, elasticity and two or three drops of evil. Even if you pay attention during class, take notes, read books and understand the theory of the technique, if you can’t use your body properly then it won’t work or your potential will be very very limited, simple as that. So the more you do Jiujitsu the faster you will get in shape, I’m not there yet, but eventually I will (or I will die trying).
  2. You may get skin rash at some point. I always take a shower before and after class, but may be your sparring partner won’t, or the mats are not clean, it is almost impossible to control it 100%, specially in the showers, just be aware.
  3. Invasion of personal space. If you are introvert like me, you will suffer, but at some point you will be more comfortable of having your sparring partner rubbing his/her face or butt against your face, chest or back, at the end that will be the very last of your priorities, believe me, you will be busy trying to escape from that goddamn choke.
  4. Ego breaker. If you think you are a tough man because you are strong or are black belt in other martial arts, wait until a small skinny pal/gal half your weight make you his/her bitch. Also, be aware that you may drill or spar with people with different personalities, from the patient nice guys to the hyper-competitive monsters that won’t care if it’s your first day, they will try to “murder” you no matter what, however you can learn a lot from them so don’t avoid them and embrace the whole BJJ experience.
  5. Panic. If you are claustrophobic like me, you will have to face your worst nightmare, but you will learn to defeat your fears, the key is being relaxed at all times, after some months this has helped me a lot in life (for example at work), my stress level is way lower than before starting Jiujitsu, it is odd, but it seems that Jiujitsu is 80% strategical thinking and 20% body maneuver.
  6. You will fart (or get farted in the face). That magical moment when you regret ordering tacos for lunch with mucha salsa picante and a Mexican Coca Cola in a glass bottle instead a chicken salad and simple water. Farting during sparring in front of your classmates is embarrassing specially in front of the ladies, but I bet it has happened to more than one, don’t worry, there are worst things like the guy who vomited in the mouth of his sparring pal. TIP: If your fart is silent just blame the other guy … “Ewww.. shame on you Ronaldinho”, make sure people hear you.
  7. Frustration. You may finish the class feeling frustration, you may ask yourself “What the hell I’m doing here? I don’t belong here….. ‘cause I’m a creep, I’m a weirdoooo ” , don’t quit, honestly nowadays I’m still fighting the frustration monster in my head but I know that it takes mat time (10,000 hours), sweat and blood to level up.

With that said I would like to share some thoughts about my very short experience in Brazilian Jiujitsu so far.

 

Jafet Sánchez

Jafet Sánchez

Software Engineer

Software Engineer with +20 years of experience. Specialist in getting s**t done. Web Developer currently focus in the e-Commerce world with SAP Hybris and Magento (and soon Salesforce).

Happy Husband and Father of two, Jujitsu practicioner, Carnivorous, Catholic and currently living in this beautiful and cold place called Chicago

I LOVE MY LIFE 🙂

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Motivational Pep Talk to Self https://cubewave.net/motivational-pep-talk-to-self/ https://cubewave.net/motivational-pep-talk-to-self/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:15:27 +0000 https://cubewave.net/?p=114 Has it happened to you when you simply stop caring and start doing things mechanically, just because you have to, and not because you want to?

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Motivational Pep Talk to Self

Has it happened to you when you simply stop caring and start doing things mechanically, just because you have to, and not because you want to?, I bet one million dollars that you have been there, and not only once, but many times across your life. And yes, I’ve been there too, actually I’m there at this moment while writing this article. The reason varies from person to person, but in my case, I think I’m just mentally and emotionally tired.

Perhaps it is infamous 40’s crisis that I thought it was a myth.
Perhaps it is because I’m not the successful 40 years old man I wanted to be when I was a kid.
Perhaps it is because I trust or expect too much from people and got disappointed easily.
Perhaps it is because I always give my 100% and not feel the appreciation of it in return.

To be honest, I’m a very simple man, I don’t need fancy stuff to be happy, I don’t base my happiness in possessions but in doing, creating, experience and accomplish things. And to do so, you need time, right?, the problem is that I don’t have the time to do all the things I want. I have so many uncompleted personal projects, for example the book I started 10 years ago, record an album with my songs I’ve wrote in the past two decades, develop that killer software product, create a solution to solve the world crisis and not telling anyone* etc.

I wish I could be that selfish as most successful people, but I always put others first than me. That sucks, but I can’t help it. Duh!

Then, in a moment of clarity I tell myself:

STOP WHINING, MAN UP AND MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.

I will design a poster with that phrase to see it every day. But when I have the time >.<

*How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 film)

Jafet Sánchez

Jafet Sánchez

Software Engineer

Software Engineer with +20 years of experience. Specialist in getting s**t done. Web Developer currently focus in the e-Commerce world with SAP Hybris and Magento (and soon Salesforce).

Happy Husband and Father of two, Jujitsu practicioner, Carnivorous, Catholic and currently living in this beautiful and cold place called Chicago

I LOVE MY LIFE 🙂

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7 things that nobody WARN you about Brazilian JiuJitsu! https://cubewave.net/7-things-that-nobody-warn-you-about-brazilian-jiujitsu/ https://cubewave.net/7-things-that-nobody-warn-you-about-brazilian-jiujitsu/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 02:57:43 +0000 https://cubewave.net/?p=97 Last summer and just for curiosity I joined a BJJ school and since then … oh well, I still suck, but that’s out of topic today. Honestly…

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7 things that nobody WARN you about Brazilian JiuJitsu!

Last summer and just for curiosity I joined a BJJ school and since then … oh well, I still suck, but that’s out of topic today. Honestly, at the beginning I didn’t care too much about Jiujitsu per se, all I wanted was to lose some weight, but now it’s the opposite, I want to lose weight and get flexible to be able to perform the Jiujitsu techniques. This year I’m putting extra efforts and fortunately my wife has been patient and is supporting me a lot in this new therapy/hobby.

  1. Cardio from HELL!. Your real physical conditioning will be put on test, the first week was horrible for me, I wasn’t even capable of finishing the warm up without gassing out on the first 10 minutes. Yeah, they say that Jiujitsu is about technique, leverage, even old people in terminal phase can do it and blah-blah-blah; may be, but I don’t think that’s completely true, I think you need some level of fitness, elasticity and two or three drops of evil. Even if you pay attention during class, take notes, read books and understand the theory of the technique, if you can’t use your body properly then it won’t work or your potential will be very very limited, simple as that. So the more you do Jiujitsu the faster you will get in shape, I’m not there yet, but eventually I will (or I will die trying).
  2. You may get skin rash at some point. I always take a shower before and after class, but may be your sparring partner won’t, or the mats are not clean, it is almost impossible to control it 100%, specially in the showers, just be aware.
  3. Invasion of personal space. If you are introvert like me, you will suffer, but at some point you will be more comfortable of having your sparring partner rubbing his/her face or butt against your face, chest or back, at the end that will be the very last of your priorities, believe me, you will be busy trying to escape from that goddamn choke.
  4. Ego breaker. If you think you are a tough man because you are strong or are black belt in other martial arts, wait until a small skinny pal/gal half your weight make you his/her bitch. Also, be aware that you may drill or spar with people with different personalities, from the patient nice guys to the hyper-competitive monsters that won’t care if it’s your first day, they will try to “murder” you no matter what, however you can learn a lot from them so don’t avoid them and embrace the whole BJJ experience.
  5. Panic. If you are claustrophobic like me, you will have to face your worst nightmare, but you will learn to defeat your fears, the key is being relaxed at all times, after some months this has helped me a lot in life (for example at work), my stress level is way lower than before starting Jiujitsu, it is odd, but it seems that Jiujitsu is 80% strategical thinking and 20% body maneuver.
  6. You will fart (or get farted in the face). That magical moment when you regret ordering tacos for lunch with mucha salsa picante and a Mexican Coca Cola in a glass bottle instead a chicken salad and simple water. Farting during sparring in front of your classmates is embarrassing specially in front of the ladies, but I bet it has happened to more than one, don’t worry, there are worst things like the guy who vomited in the mouth of his sparring pal. TIP: If your fart is silent just blame the other guy … “Ewww.. shame on you Ronaldinho”, make sure people hear you.
  7. Frustration. You may finish the class feeling frustration, you may ask yourself “What the hell I’m doing here? I don’t belong here….. ‘cause I’m a creep, I’m a weirdoooo ” , don’t quit, honestly nowadays I’m still fighting the frustration monster in my head but I know that it takes mat time (10,000 hours), sweat and blood to level up.

With that said I would like to share some thoughts about my very short experience in Brazilian Jiujitsu so far.

 

Jafet Sánchez

Jafet Sánchez

Software Engineer

Software Engineer with +20 years of experience. Specialist in getting s**t done. Web Developer currently focus in the e-Commerce world with SAP Hybris and Magento (and soon Salesforce).

Happy Husband and Father of two, Jujitsu practicioner, Carnivorous, Catholic and currently living in this beautiful and cold place called Chicago

I LOVE MY LIFE 🙂

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