Managing and achieving goals

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Hello guys !

I saw my dear friend @mcruzdrake‘s last post and decided to join her on this Bloggers Club January 2021 😃

This month I’ve completed 10 years blogging, time flies! I can’t believe that I used to blog about investments and economy as well, another subject that I love.

So here I am, after 10 years. I slowed down a lot last year, I used to post every week non-stop for so many years and last year due to to other priorities I started posting monthly. This year I still have other priorities, but will plan ahead and see what is possible.

Those other priorities included some meetups, presentations, courses and I even had to deal with my boiler exploding! So I was completely drained in the end of the year.

My plan for this year is going back to post on this blog every 2 weeks, take my British citizenship, continue with my STEM Ambassador activities, continue active on the QA community, continue exercising and eating healthy and finally play drums every week again.

Here it is what I use to help me to organise myself:

Google Calendar

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This is helping me a lot, every time I receive an email or something that I need to solve but not now, I just create an event and that’s it, I don’t need to think about remembering or checking, I receive a notification as soon it is due.

I create recurrent events for example, prep meals for the week or study X or Y, so they help me to keep going. I also send emails to myself to remember about something that I need to do as soon as possible, but for that to work you need to have a clean inbox, otherwise you will end up with loads of unfinished things.

White Board

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I bought a white board to write and plan things that are a bit more complex, or just to help my mind to focus on the big picture of the next achievements. It helps when you have something to look forward to and get you excited and makes you get a bit of discipline.

The last one that is not a tool is actually an action. It changed my routine completely: Getting out of social media, not all of them of course. I am still on Twitter and Linkedin, but all of the others were just draining my time when I was bored and I found myself opening these apps out of impulse. Now I am connected with people that really matter to me.

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day !

Ada Lovelace : London Remembers, Aiming to capture all memorials in London
Ada Lovelace house’s plaque in London

Today we are celebrating Ada Lovelace Day !!

Ada Lovelace was an english mathematician and is recognised as “the first computer programmer” due to the creation of an algorithm for a computing machine in the mid-1800s. She was one of my first inspirations after my parents and my oldest brother to come to the Technology area.

Her childhood background also resembles mine, she had ability with math since little, focused on studying as much as possible and not having a father figure when little ! She is a truly inspiration to me and hopefully to many other women out there.

The Ada Lovelace Day was created in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson and it is now held every year on the second Tuesday of October. It is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The goal of this celebration is to motivate and bring more women in STEM, creating new role models and support women already working in this area.

You can find more about this day and how to support here:

Hiring and Onboarding a QA

Hello everybody !!!

I am super excited to share here my debut meetup and as it was an online event consequently was also my first international talk !!

Thanks everybody for the support and the feedbacks (glad that was useful for so many people). It was a great experience and I will definitely do this more often 🙂


Check the slides here

Thank you !!

Lead your Team Through the Crisis

I’ve recently watched a webinar about how to lead and communicate better with your team during this world crisis. Everybody is dealing in a different way and some of us are struggling in this unprecedented time of lockdown. I particularly work much better at home and without the distractions of the office, but not everybody is the same.

R. Michael Anderson talks about mental health during this COVID-19 and how we can overcome the issues and communicate better, you can watch the meetup recording below.

He shares his views and real life experience on: 

  • The systems and processes you need to not just survive, but to thrive over the next few months.
  • That real reason leaders cave under the pressure of a crisis…and how to not be one of those casualties.
  • What exactly your team needs from you right now, and how to give that to them.
  • How to find another level of leadership within yourself in just a few quick steps.
  • AND how to do all of this right away so that you and your team perform at a high level when it’s needed the most.



One of the suggestions is to apply the DiSC assessment, which I am going to talk a bit deeper here. You can use it to help team members better understand each other and what is the way they prefer to communicate. Doing that you can improve the workplace and it can become a more productive and comfortable environment.

The whole point of this kind of test is to build emotional intelligence between its members, personal growth and self awareness. Reminding each other that we’re all human beings (not machines) with different perspectives, plans, experiences, and skills. This understanding is essential and helps teams to perform better and feel like a team avoiding a blaming/competitive culture.

When letting the team members know about the test, it’s important they understand it’s strictly a tool to understand each other better and work well together. There are no right or wrong answers !

By taking the personality assessment test and then reviewing the results together, the team will learn more about the other members and also themselves, noticing what is the best way to interact with each other.

The DiSC model organizes personalities among four quadrants, with people usually being dominant in one of them:

  • dominance, an emphasis on accomplishing results
  • influence, an emphasis on relationships and influencing others
  • steadiness, an emphasis on cooperation and dependability
  • conscientiousness, an emphasis on quality, accuracy and competency

Results from the DiSC model are presented on a circle, with a dot in one of the quadrants, so test takers can see where their personality lies and identify how much of each quadrant is relevant to them. Keeping track of the results can help everybody to better evaluate conflicts, recognize high performers and address communication issues on teams.

According to this detailed analysis from EQ experts Dr. Vanessa Druskat and Dr. Steven Wolff:

“Our research tells us that three conditions are essential to a group’s effectiveness: trust among members, a sense of group identity, and a sense of group efficacy.”

Here it is an example of a DiSC assessment:

This also reminds me of the “benefits” the companies offer: fruits in the office, table football, ps 4, bonus and the list goes on… When the only thing you want is to be able to work from home to stay with your dog and go to your local pub while it is still sunny.

It is impossible to make everybody happy, so it is better if you can understand what motivates EACH one of the team members instead of pushing things they don’t want/care.

You can take the personality test for free and understand more about yourself and how to better communicate with others here: