Robert Zaremba Blog

Working DNA. Stop Politics!


Politics (Oxford Dictionary):
Activities aimed at improving someone’s status or increasing power within an organization.
Politics (Organizational Politics):
Organizational Politics are the activities managers engage in to increase their power and use it to achieve their goals
Politics (Acting):
Politics is an act of saying and performing different things to different people in order to gain influence or power.

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”
     - F. Scott Fitzgerald

In a true Agile Team spirit, politics not targeting the company and team growth are miserable acts of individual autocracy. This kind of acts has to be early detected. The company (or any other partnership) has to define a DNA to eliminate politics as much as possible.


EOS - a breakout the world doesn’t need

After spending a time digging into EOS, looking at the community and researching all pros & cons for using EOS as the blockchain platform, I come into following conclusions.

EOS.IO is a great piece of technology and amazing experiment to make a “global computer” working. It’s uber challenging to design and came across the Decentralized Ledger Technology to provide a secure and trustless settlement platform for transaction operations. Let’s have a look if EOS solves that problem.


Agile Workflow update

Building a team and setting up the project on rails is a lot of challenges. That’s the main reason why Agile Methodologies are on the table all and over again.

Having some time for reflection and going over more tools and processes I’ve updated my Agile Workflow - essay for an efficient work methodology.

The update includes:

  • The value of customer targeting, both for the project teams and marketing.
  • Value of CRM tools.
  • Analytics.
  • The Lean Startup key points (by Eric Ries).
  • Site Reliability Engineering (all together with SLO, SLI, SLA).
  • Design thinking.

Hope you will find some inspiration from it. Have a good reading!

Winning Blockchain Xperience Hackathon!

We did it!

I was honored to lead the winning team of the Blockchain Xperience Hackathon @ Oracle [1] [2], part of the Open Geneva Festival.

Our project, DEX Escrow, aimed to provide a solution for deferred money transfers where the funds are locked under management of financial institutions.

The DEX Escrow project was following my Escrow Protocol research for the SIX hackathon, where he was I was pitching an idea of inter-banking systems. The project was highlighted and go into the SIX finals (among 5 other teams).

Many thanks to our Blockchain Xperience team:

  • Guillaume Goutaudier
  • Raphaël Vieira
  • Pierre Guiol
  • Myself ;)

I’m honored (and thankful) for Guillaume testimony he provided to Oracle:

“When Robert suggested to build up a team for the Oracle Hackaton, I immediately accepted the challenge. I had previous experiences working on public blockchains (mainly Ethereum), but wanted to explore use cases where having a “permissioned” Blockchain would make more sense. From this perspective, the DEX escrow protocol was a nice opportunity to work on a solution where there is a limited number of participants, and where the reliance on a 3d party could be replaced by a Blockchain.”

Please read the Aires Marques post detailing the hackathon experience [3].