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One of the things that have surprised me in the past few years is the size of the ecosystem around startups. We see the same ecosystems evolve in all the major hubs across the globe, but we lack an ecosystem for scaling up.

In my own journey the past decade, … Continue Reading

Hugo April 27th, 2017

Scrum masters are the spiders in the agile web. They coach the development team and remove their impediments. They spread scrum throughout the company. They teach customers how to work with their company using scrum. And they advice the product owner how to collaborate best with all people involved. In Continue Reading

Hugo February 6th, 2017
When I first got exposed to the idea of ‘agile‘, I didn’t get it. It seemed to be something all the suits were talking about. I still see it that way partially, but I’ve also given the concept a lot of thought and listened to others. For me, … Continue Reading
Hugo November 14th, 2016

One question that always pops up during my trainings and workshops is ‘how to sell agile and scrum?’. Now there are 2 versions of this question: A. How to sell scrum to your management? and B. How to sell scrum to customers (who are in a waterfall/fixed big mindset)?

I’ll … Continue Reading

Hugo October 29th, 2016

This year, I’ve been to a dozen agile conferences. One thing that stood out for me is that there’s a lot of ‘air talk’. People talk about agile, scrum, agile transformation, etc. After a couple of hours, your head starts spinning and you don’t have a clue what people are … Continue Reading

Hugo October 14th, 2016
The past 10 years, I’ve been working to grow my software services firm personally. Every day I got down to the action and pushed my company forward. It ain’t easy, I found out. You always read a lot of stories about startups achieving world domination and riches within 2-3 years. … Continue Reading
Hugo May 30th, 2016

Over the years, as an entrepreneur, I’ve always been looking for tools, methods and frameworks to grow my company. I’ve always wanted to build my own company, since early childhood. For that, I did an MBA in Rotterdam. My expectation was to learn about building and growing companies. Although … Continue Reading

Hugo April 19th, 2016

I joined the panel from the comfort of my home, but it felt like a real panel. The panelists could rotate their kubi towards each other to have discussions and the people in the webinar could participate. I’ve written an earlier blog post, including a video, about my experience.  Continue Reading

Hugo February 10th, 2016

No one can deny the fact that managing cross-cultural and virtual teams effectively could bring ample opportunities – deep knowledge of products and their markets, how to deal with culturally sensitive customers and the 24-hour working pattern. However, these advantages can be eclipsed by the obstacles arising from teams working … Continue Reading

Hugo February 3rd, 2016

Last week, I joined a panel discussion for CES in Las Vegas. Cool and awkward at the same time! I am not an incredible fan of digital gadgets, but I loved this! In general, I believe ‘let us just get things done’. And for getting things done, you don’t need … Continue Reading

Hugo January 14th, 2016

The past couple of months, I have been thinking about a method for larger scale distributed work. I envision how productive distributed teams could be if this method worked. Teams could gather, create a ‘map’ for their collaboration and once aligned, login to a dashboard where they can select the … Continue Reading

Hugo January 7th, 2016

Happy to welcome Tallitha Campos who has more than 12 years of experience in Information Technology, an enthusiast on new trends, technology and culture to discuss on distributed teams from Quality Analyst perspective. As a Quality Assurance Analyst for 8 years, Tallitha’s customer centric approach helps Yellow Pencil deliver user-friendly Continue Reading

Hugo September 24th, 2015

offshoring software development

As an entrepreneur who brings top quality software teams together with clients who need great service, I’ve had many discussions with people about moving work overseas. If a company isn’t used to offshoring software development, it can be a challenge to help them understand how remote teams can work to … Continue Reading

Hugo August 13th, 2015

The past couple of weeks, Piotr and I have been brainstorming about the vision we have for Ekipa. As we’re both fans of thinking big and putting up massive challenges, we see our challenge as building ‘Accenture from the cloud’.

Check out the newsflash we made hereekipa-newsflash 640

Hugo May 21st, 2015

At Ekipa, the mantra we use in our product development team is ‘try not to build anything – use services’. I see that most startups are launching big platforms in rapid pace. They do this by integrating services instead of developing the features of their platform by themselves. One example … Continue Reading

Hugo May 5th, 2015

Hiring developers remotely seems to become more popular all the time. I see that some companies actually make this standard procedure – they don’t look for people (only) in their local office, but hire global for each position. I just came across this instructive post about hiring remote developers (… Continue Reading

Hugo May 5th, 2015

2 weeks ago, was one of the featured startups at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam. Out of 400+ submissions, we were selected to present Ekipa in a booth. Because our community voted a lot on Ekipa, we could also pitch. A short report on the experience.

The morning … Continue Reading

Hugo May 5th, 2015

This press release was sent out to some press agencies worldwide the past week. Ekipa got featured several times within a couple of days:

Press Release: Bridge Launches Global Marketplace for Software Teams

Schiphol, 17 March 2015 – An online platform that enables … Continue Reading

Hugo April 7th, 2015

Ekipa, the new global marketplace for software teams, hosts its first kick-off event during Cebit 2015, Hannover.

cebit 2015

Target audience
This event is for buyers and providers of software services. During the event, we will present Ekipa to you. The main goal for us is to generate user feedback on Ekipa. Continue Reading

Hugo February 12th, 2015