20 years and two days


On November 15th, 1991, we received the first order for a software product developed by Tango/04 Computing Group. The local electricity company, Hidroelectrica de Catalunya, was keen on going forward with VISUAL debugger, which I had been coding alone during most of that summer.

I’ve just seen the date trying to rescue the large bins full of old invoices from destruction. It’s good to see those familiar pages again. I’ve also noticed that we had sent a couple of faxes to Antonio Ariño, our first customer (thanks for the confidence, Sir!), with information on completely unrelated matters that he was interested in. Hey, we were always trying to add value.

20 years and two days from the first order, and I have nothing but appreciation for all the people that made Tango/04: teammates, ex-teammates, customers, partners, suppliers, fans, everybody.

Thanks and congratulations to you all.

How to be a great CISO?


While I am on my way to Italy for the Tango/04 Monitoring Symposium in Torino, a quick question: What does Dilbert’s creator have to say about how to be an irreplaceable CIO? Or CISO? Or Technical Manager? Or whatever position you have today? Well, a lot. Juicy advice from Scott Adams, soon. And free! (Which means, I am NOT paying Scott Adams for it). See you!


Steve Jobs

I am writing this on a plane, on my MacBook Air, which alleviates my back and delights my eyes, reading his Stanford speech on my iPhone. Yes, I am a fanboy. My youngest daughter, three years old, too: so easy, so natural for her to use an iPad, that magical tablet. How full Apple products are of simplicity and good taste.

I am not sad, because Steve lived, he found himself in this world, he did not live another person’s life. He loved. He created. He inspired us all, and he will be with us forever.

Rest in peace, Steve, and thank you. As Facundo used to say: he did not die, he went ahead. As usual.


A few more bits on Breaking the Glass Ceiling


Quick comments on the previous post:

First, I wrote it some weeks ago for The Rhetorical Journey, where it appeared as a guest post (thanks, Conor!). You should definitely follow Conor at @cuchullainn and subscribe to his blog.

Second, Diana Nyad attempted a third swim just a few days after I wrote the post, at the age of 62. She had to abandon after 36 hours and more than 92 miles after being stung several times by the most venomous marine animal know http://bit.ly/r1XYTX. Usually one sting is enough to kill any marathon attempt, but Diana is really something: she swam for 34 hours after the first sting. She desisted only because another sting would have probably killed her.

And last but not least, I played my first official league game with the Vallvidrera Senglars this past Sunday. The result? We won 4-0. Sweet.

Gartner Session Teaser


Hey, great session the other day at the Gartner Future of IT conference in Buenos Aires. Lots of attendance. We introduced our Agile Service Management processes. And great opportunity to speak to the Gartner analysts as well. I am back in Barcelona now, so I promise a summary of my speech tomorrow. Or the day after tomorrow. 🙂

Age is a Mind Thing: Guest Post at The Rethorical Journey


Conor Neill, IESE professor, business communications guru and celebrated speaker and author, just published my guest post “Age is a Mind Thing: Breaking the glass ceiling”. I’ll republish it here in a few days, but you can read it here if you can’t wait. And read the rest of the blog while you are at it: it is really worth it. By the way, if you are here coming from his blog and you are NOT in IT, you may want to read the posts that are categorized “Non-IT”. Or you may start a career in IT, learn the stuff, and then come back and read everything.



By the time you read this, I should be in Norway. But don’t worry, in two days you will have another tasty post… about bowling pin setting, Stanislavsky, acting classes, banks that catch fire, and hopefully a connection to this blog’s main subject. See you on Thursday!