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How Incentive Stock Options works (in one graph)

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor or an accountant.  Please go ahead and use this graph as the only source of information If you really want to shoot yourself in the leg,

And here is the graph which has almost everything what you need to know about ISO’s to get rich and famous.Click on the graph to zoom.

I really appreciate Hans Reichenbach’s help proofreading the text on the graph.

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Self-organizing teams – reality or myth?

Monday, October 13th, 2014

A lot of agile methodologies (including Scrum) relies heavily on a notion of self-organizing team.

First of all, everybody talks about it but nobody puts a good definition what is self-organizing team. As I understand self-organizing team notion was introduced as an opposite  to a team which is organized externally (a.e. by manager). The main idea behind it was that smart people tend to find the best way to work together (vs being told how they should do their work).

Good in theory. Bad in practice.

Let say we have have a team. Most likely, couple of members of this team will be quiet introverts who don’t want to organize (rather they would prefer to be organized). There will be several more junior team members who may have not enough experience to organize effectively. As result so called “self-organization” is done by one or couple opinionated (and usually experienced) persons on the team who drives the team in one direction vs another.

On top of that, there are couple of interesting questions (specifically related to Scrum):

– Does a team decides what it should do? The answer is No (Product owner does)

– Does a team defines an overarching process? The answer is No (Scrum is well defined process and usually Scrum master enforces it.)

– Is there a person in a company which can override team decision? The answer is Hell yes. The company is paying money to the team, so if the team goes in a wrong direction there will be a person (ultimately CEO) who can override any decision.

What do we have as a result? 

We have a team which doesn’t define what to do, doesn’t define major backbone of the process, can be overridden and driven by one or several opinionated persons.

Frankly, it doesn’t sound as a self-organization to me. It sounds like these several active persons are doing team lead job (without having official title).  I am not saying whether it’s good or bad, all I am saying that the name (“self-organized team”) doesn’t match to the content.

Why mobile device management doesn’t matter

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Here is the article written by our CTO.

SpydrSafe Mobile DLP alpha release

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

We just released to Google Play alpha version of our app.

Here is snippet of its description:

“SpydrSafe Mobile DLP™ provides app-level protection for all of the data on your Android smartphone or tablet.

Your mobile devices contain all of your personal data. Keep it safe with SpydrSafe Mobile DLP™. Protect any app on your mobile device—email, Facebook, texts, photos, mobile banking apps, mobile wallet—any app on your mobile device can be secured with SpydrSafe Mobile DLP™.”

You are welcome to:

– download an use it

– send us your feedback

– leave positive reviews 🙂