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Wilcze Laski The vehicle of choice, a flatbed tow truck, awaited. The Anna-Maciej-Ben trio saddled up and left Poznan for the small town of Szczecinek. The road was long and full of terrors (of nightly driving), but we arrived in one piece. After spending the night, in the early morning, it was time to get ready to kick off the Outpost for real. The monstrous engine of Maciej's BMW Custom Drift Edition roared into life and slowly ascended the ram [...]

It is not about saying "I don’t have time." What is Unleash? It is a tool for everyone to grab and start working on yourself. It is a method to start achieving all those things you have always kept safe on your bucket list. It is a revolution. Working at X-Team as a Developer Unleasher taught me several things. However, most importantly it opened my eyes to a simple fact: You have a natural ability to find a million excuses in a fracture of a se [...]

I recently read the book Apprenticeship Patterns which advises programmers how to overcome the challenges that come with being and remaining self-taught and become better at what we do. Apprenticeship Patterns does not tell you how to write better code. What it does, is presents roadblocks you would encounter during your career with solutions to help you overcome them. An apprentice is someone that seeks to learn and get better at their craft. It [...]

Recently, a short post about the most depressive month of the year got viral among my friends. In this text, you can find arguments behind a particular statement and also a piece research. The author shares a few links (link1, link2, link3). Based on the five content, the conclusion is: January can be the most depressive month of the year because all of the proposed arguments seem to be true. And the weird thing is that most of my friends have ag [...]

So you want to get things done, right? You want to take control of your life and check those to-dos like a champ. I assume you do. Otherwise, you are here by some weird space-time continuum accident. Personal Development Hour Starting today, I want to you have an hour to yourself every week. Dedicate that time to your personal development. Whether it is reading a book, watching a video of a conference talk, or creating a "hello world" app in a ne [...]

I recently got to participate in a workshop for job-seekers. I was there to share my experience with the Unleash process and relevant details from my own background. Little did I know that this would turn out to be such a complex topic for so many. Both 19- and 59-year-olds in the group simply could not seem to grasp, or perhaps believe, how simple the process of acquiring a whole new skill-set can actually be. So this is what I told them: It d [...]

We are proud to be some of the most motivated developers in the world. However, getting motivated and staying that way is not easy. We make a lot of effort in the X-Team community to keep motivation high. For many remote developers, the biggest motivation killer is burnout and overworking. With so few distractions and such immense focus, you can end up working 10 hours without ever getting up. To combat this in X-Team, we created Fit-Quest. Fit-Q [...]

Getting a job as a remote developer is dependent on many factors, but by far one of the most important is how you present yourself in your video interview. You might be thinking, “What does that have to do with how good my code is?” It is a valid question, and I agree — it should not matter that much. If you code best in your running t-shirt from 1991, or you are most productive in a basement with terrible lighting, that really should not m [...]

"Eternal glory! That is what awaits the House that wins the Triunleasher Tournament. However, to do this, that House must overcome a number of trials. Trials that demand skill and courage." — Jakubus Dobrandore, introducing the Triunleasher Tournament A challenge for a fully remote company When you have a physical office, social interactions are easier. Even if on different projects, (most of the) company members work in one place, often at [...]

Someone once said that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Scottish highlands, endless meadows of the greenest grass, and hills with their proud peaks crowned by snow-white clouds take your breath away just by looking at them, leaving you in a speechless awe. Last week, I experienced this myself, together with one of my Unleashees, Piotr, and his Celtman Crew—the team I had t [...]

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