Saudade

“Saudade” is an untranslatable Portuguese term that refers to the melancholic longing or yearning. A recurring theme in Portuguese and Brazilian literature, “saudade” refers to a sense of loneliness and incompleteness. “Saudade” can more casually be used to say that you miss someone or something, even if you’ll see that person or thing in the near future. It differs from nostalgia in that one can feel “saudade” for something that might never have happened, whereas nostalgia is a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or period in time....

October 24, 2021 · 3 min · Csaba Okrona

Vacilando

Vacilando is a Spanish term for the act of wandering when the experience of travel is more important than reaching a specific destination. John Steinbeck (in Travels With Charley: In Search of America, 1962) wrote: In Spanish there is a word for which I can’t find a counterword in English. It is the verb vacilar, present participle vacilando. It does not mean vacillating at all. If one is vacilando, he is going somewhere, but does not greatly care whether or not he gets there, although he has direction....

October 18, 2021 · 3 min · Csaba Okrona

Sobremesa

⚡ The 🇪🇸 Spanish are known for enjoying long meals together, but eating isn’t just about food. When you stay at the table after lunch to savor a final course of stimulating conversation, you are indulging in sobremesa. 💡 This week’s wisdom: Contemplating the weaknesses of others is easy; contemplating the weaknesses in yourself is hard, but it pays a much higher reward. How Big Tech Runs Tech Projects and the Curious Absence of Scrum Gergely Orosz’s excellent (as usual) article - A survey of how tech projects run across the industry highlights Scrum being absent from Big Tech....

October 11, 2021 · 2 min · Csaba Okrona

Verschlimmbessern

Verschlimmbessern is a German term to express when something is made worse in an honest but failed attempt to improve it. Thank you, Christoph, for teaching me this wonderful expression! (by the way, he has an excellent blog) 💡 Some food for thought: Everything is hard before it is easy. The day before something is a breakthrough, it’s a stupid idea. ✨ Before we jump into the list of recommended articles, I need to share an awesome newsletter with you, “Find a job with Annie” - by annienxli....

October 4, 2021 · 2 min · Csaba Okrona

Kaizen

Kaizen is a Japanese term and method meaning ‘change for the better’ or ‘continuous improvement.’ It’s a method for transforming habits incrementally, one step at a time, in order to continuously improve. It is also one of the base principles of agile. No, We Won’t Have a Video Call for That! A set of advice on communications for distributed teams from someone with many years of remote and distributed experience....

September 27, 2021 · 2 min · Csaba Okrona