Sometimes solutions to problems come in the most unexpected way. Like this past January, when some unexpected news sparked the idea that allowed us to create our Research, Development and Innovation group without exceeding our current spent, and generating extraordinary results along the way. In the next few paragraphs, I share our journey from bench to rafting.   Unexpected news   It all started back in January 2015, when we got some bad news. After being just a few months with the company, I had to step out of the office for a couple of days to co-train a Certified Scrum Master workshop. The team I was asked to focus on was doing greatly so I didn’t feel any apprehension for not being around for a while.   But our friend Murphy knows how to deliver. In the morning of the workshop’s first day I got some unexpected news: our customer (the company’s largest) was requesting an important temporary downsize in his operation with us. So I got in touch with company’s management and they told me they were going to handle it, to carry on with the workshop as planned.   However, e-mails kept going back and forth and […]

There are a lot of things to love about Costa Rica. It has great weather, tremendous biodiversity, no army, and top-notch education and health care. Now, the Country is also even greener than ever. According to Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), the country has produced 100 percent of its electricity without fossil fuels for the first 75 days of 2015. Wind, solar and biomass got a strong boost from hydropower, which benefited from heavy rains.   Costa Rica made a decision and it is determined to become, as a country, carbon-neutral by 2021, which seems an achievable goal given that the country is currently meeting around 95% of its energy needs from renewables, most of sourced from hydroelectric power plants, geothermal energy, wind farms, and biomass.   This is a remarkable decision if we see the general numbers from the biggest countries in the technology business and the energy sources they use to generate electricity. In a quick analysis, we can see that “dirty” energy sources are the main ones:   India: Close to 65% of the electricity used in 2014 were not clean, being coal the most important one (62%), and the others petroleum (0.5%) and Nuclear (2.5%)   […]