5 Benefits Of Simplicity

I love things that are simple. By “things” I mean almost everything, from processes and tools to machines, rules and businesses.

Simplicity generates a virtuous chain of situations and benefits that I drew here:

5 Benefits Of Simplicity

Bringing simple solutions and processes that are easy to understand for others and start this virtuous chain is not always easy. It’s actually more complicated than coming up with a complex solution.

Humans tend to add complexity to things, specially in a work environment where it’s frequent to see people thinking that adding complexity will show others that they are actually working. It takes some experience to first be self aware when one is adding unnecessary complexity and then be humble enough to just add what is needed.

Also some people associate simplicity with incompleteness. The simple solutions and things I’m talking about here assume you’re trying to come up with a complete solution, something that includes everything that needs to be included. This is also a place where people tend to add complexity.

I hope this was useful to you. If you think of more benefits of simplicity please leave them in the comments below.

I’m now a Splunk Certified Admin!

Yesterday I got certified as a Splunk Admin! As I did last year when I got certified as a Splunk Power User, I will share some tips here for those of you who are interested in getting certified:

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Playing Lean: the board game every entrepreneur or agile practitioner should play

Yesterday at work I had the opportunity to play a board game I had not heard about before: Playing Lean. It was one of the most entertaining days at work I’ve ever had.

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I tried the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and it’s better than I expected

Last week I had the chance to try the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, in 13 and 15 inches, and I got a better experience with it than I was expecting to have. Continue reading “I tried the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and it’s better than I expected”

I’m now a Splunk Certified Power User!

Update (2017-08-16): Yesterday I got certified as a Splunk Admin! You can see the tips to get that certification in this other blog post.

Last week I got certified as a Splunk Power User! I took the online test after doing all the pre-required courses and passed it.

For those interested in getting certified, here are some tips:

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Agile Inceptions: 5 tips to make them more efficient

Inceptions suffer from the same problems that affect long meetings full of people:

  1. Having a lot of people in a room like your stakeholders, your team, your boss and your boss’s boss means only one thing: long discussions about opinions and points of view, without real hard data to back those opinions, which make discussions even longer. This of course means you can’t obtain much value for your product after these discussions.
  2. It’s normal to also have people connected via video-conference like Skype or Google Hangouts. It’s 2016 but we still have issues with these types of virtual meetings, specially with internet connections not being as good as they should be. This means you’ll probably have to repeat something many times in order for everyone on the other side of the screen to understand what you’re trying to communicate.
  3. Since there are so many people invited to this event, there’s probably more than one that will be late and you’ll have to do a summary of what has been discussed up to that point, only for that person, but wasting everyone else’s time.
  4. The Inceptions I’ve been to have lasted 5 consecutive days. 5 days! 5 days, with at least 10 people in the room, for 8 hours a day… that’s 400 hours of engineers, designers, project managers and executives. Are you sure you need that much capacity in order to know what product to build and set your initial backlog? Do you really need these really expensive 400 hours?

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Splunk Conference 2016 (.conf2016): What a great experience!

Felipe Cerda - Splunk2 weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the 7th anual Splunk Conference – .conf2016 in Orlando, Florida. In this post I want to briefly share my experience with you.

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El día que aprendí a siempre tener y nunca olvidar las checklists

Hoy mi día empezó así:

Seagull Extra 300L

Pero 10 minutos después esto pasó:


Mi nuevo avión Extra 300L con recién 3 vuelos estaba completamente destruido. Alcancé a dar algunas vueltas con el avión cuando repentinamente un ala se desprende del fuselaje y un segundo después la otra ala hace lo mismo y lo que quedaba del avión cae como un piano en picada. El fuselaje de perdió completamente y el escape del motor se dobló. El resto se salvó, incluyendo las alas, motor y toda la electrónica del avión. Todo porque se me olvidó instalar los tornillos que sujetan las alas con el fuselaje.

Despues de lamentar la pérdida comencé a pensar en por qué me había olvidado de tan pequeño detalle que causó este accidente.

En mi caso no usé un checklist que me hiciera revisar todos los elementos previos al vuelo como cargar combustible, revisar baterías cargadas e instalar los tornillos de las alas, entre otros. Y entonces ¿por qué no tenía un checklist? Porque me confié. Confié en mi experiencia y en que había hecho este procedimiento decenas de veces en otros aviones.

En aviación esa es exactamente la razón porque existen los checklists. Los factores humanos son un tópico de estudio para cualquier aspirante a piloto y un tema de investigación para organizaciones relacionadas a la seguridad en la industria aérea. Los factores humanos y nuestra infinita capacidad a equivocarnos hasta en las cosas más simples han hecho que se tengan que implementar sistemas como los checklists para estar lo más seguros posibles de que no olvidamos ningún ítem como parte de algún procedimiento.

Si los pilotos de aviones de tamaño real revisan una lista de ítems a cumplir antes del despegue y aterrizaje, entonces voy a aplicar lo mismo en el aeromodelismo. La memoria es demasiado frágil y la confianza puede jugar malas pasadas.