Recently I gave a presentation about cost of delay combined with a teaser about how to measure anything and the effects of working on projects in parallel vs. sequential. I plan to provide this overview on next Meetups (hey Ioana...
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  Great team development workshop with Conrad Giller Today I had the opportunity to join a workshop day with Conrad Giller regarding team development and would like to share some insights with you. If you would like to learn much...
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During the last weeks I read quite a lot about portfolio management and proper ways to include economics in our decisions. With this post I summarize some of my key learnings so far (most impressions I got from the great source...
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After reading Principles of Product Development Flow I started implementing a small tool to calculate a proper development sequence for features based on given cost of delay and duration for features. This post marks a start in a series of posts regarding...
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Recently I finally read one of the most important books regarding product development and economics The principles of product development flow by Donald G. Reinertsen. I can highly recommend reading that book as it explains the fundamentals of economics for...
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I’m proud to be able to share a recording of our #NoEstimates meetup with Vasco Duarte that took place in December directly at idealo. Vasco provided 10+1 new principles for software development and gave an inspiring speech and Q&A on...
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This time I share our presentation about dynamic team setups that my colleague and friend Jan Hegewald and me presented at the Manage Agile in Nov. 2016. The presentation is in german language. To explore more about dynamic team setups please check...
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Recently I read the book The primes – How any group can solve any problem by Chris McGoff. I discovered a rich set of patterns that one has to consider when working with/leading groups and I think it really moves leadership to the next...
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Jan Hegewald and me gave a presentation about dynamic team setups at this years Manage Agile  (#manageagile) conference in Berlin. Find below the presentation slides and summary picture (free to use). Soon there will be a (german language) video version too....
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Today I joined my first manage agile conference in Berlin and would like to share with you some (sketch)notes  (I saw so many great sketchnotes today that I would not like to use that naming for my scribbles) and insights...
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Just a quick info for all dear readers. Time to register for an upcoming meetup about #NoEstimates with Vasco Duarte, that we are going to host on the 07.12. in Berlin.   #NoEstimates is an approach that is gaining ground...
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This week I had the opportunity to discuss the topic of dynamic team structures at the Berlin Scrum Meetup. Together with Jan Hegewald (Agil-gefuehrt) and Andreas Ulrich we first gave a presentation as an introduction to that topic and later on discussed...
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With this post I share my impressions from the awesome Agile Barcamp|Leipzig (#agileipzig) 2016. First of all, thanks for the perfect organization making it the best impressions 2016 so far! Congratulations for hosting your first barcamp and making it a perfect...
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In a previous post I already described the need for dynamic team setups. This time I’ll elaborate a bit more on that topic and share some insights from a great Club of Clubs session. First of all, lets have look...
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Recently I engaged again a bit more in the digital currency domain (BitCoins and AltCoins like DogeCoin, Feathercoin) and was surprised about the interesting usage of Dogecoins at Reddit as a way to implement a donation system for good Reddit forum contributions....
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Just finished 11 interesting books and would like to provide you some inspiration to maybe add it to your reading list too. TL;DR Radical Focus by Christina R. Wodtke Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap by Roman Pichler – and please consider my summary...
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Slack Time, an often mentioned way to foster innovation and education by providing an amount of free time that one can use on its own and that is not fully connected with project work. Based on a great discussion at the Agile Meetup I...
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Recently we used three interesting ways to get to know each other that I would like to share with you. The described formats use different perspectives and help to discover various areas. Investing in learning more about a team member is...
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Shall you work with agile coaches based on a freelance contract? Nowadays I see many companies that struggle with hiring agile coaches (or ScrumMasters) as the current market in Germany is highly competitive. Based on past experience working with freelancers...
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With this post I explain my current opinion about team setups, aiming to create high performance teams and/or working with dynamic team setups. I try to answer the question: Is the focus to remain long running, stable teams to build...
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Last night we hosted the Berlin Scrum Meetup at idealo and had an inspiring presentation about the value of teams diversity presented by Kristina Mueller and Petra Stuehler. With this post I’ll share some insights from that session. Update 01.05.2016 –...
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Recently I read the interesting book – Leading the transformation – applying agile and DevOps principles at scale by Gary Gruver and Tommy Mouser. With this post I’ll summarize my insights and hope to inspire you to add it to...
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Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit the nice Mayflower inspire session in Berlin and with this post I share some impressions from three inspiring lightening talks about digital transformation, how to turn projects and devops on steroids. Digital transformation A quite interesting...
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Swarm stupidity – what a brilliant book by Gunter Dueck, showing why groups/teams in companies often fail at finding intelligent solutions. For me an eye opener to start having a deeper look behind teams and groups and their environment –...
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Based on the great book “Leading with new authority/Mit neuer Autorität in Führung” I created a short summary of important points to consider for modern leadership. It’s by far just an extract from the rich description provided by Frank Baumann-Habersack...
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Based on the great book The Five Minute Coach – Improve performance rapidly with this post I share my current experience using that approach in my daily work. A short summary of the 5 minute coaching approach It’s a coaching approach...
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With this post I share my insights and learnings about (semi)annual employee talks (appraisal interviews). Done right – an important way to sync between employee and lead, done wrong a real killer for motivation. Like already nicely described in the...
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Lets update the reading list. This time with great books about complexity, teams, coaching and leadership. TL;DR Complexity Organize for complexity by Niels Pflaeging  (german version is Organisation für Komplexität) Komplexithoden (Complexitools – Tools to be used in complex environments) by Niels...
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With this post I share my experiences during my move of OnTheAgilePath from Blogger to WordPress. It has been a one week journey so far and I’m highly satisfied with my decision, although I had to face some challenges – that I...
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With this post I describe our newly introduced group synchronization – 8 on 8 – where all Agile Coaches synch together regarding their current situation and feelings. So far we used 1 on 1 sessions where every team member synced with...
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One year after describing the tasks of an agile coach via a whiteboard animation video you can now download your printable poster v ersion....
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Based on Jurgen Appelo’s management 3.0 exercises IDENTITY SYMBOLS and celebrating success and failure with this post I describe how we apply it in our department. Have fun while reading and building your own new picture of your environment. It started...
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With this post I continue the series of examples for retrospectives. It describes a solution focussed version that I recently used as a format for a project retrospective (a project that lasted 3 months and 2 teams were working together)....
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Some years ago I was presented with an interesting article describing the social loafing effect. Social loafing is the phenomenon of people exerting less effort to achieve a goal when they work in a group than when they work alone....
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Thanks to my parents in law who gave me the book Klar denken, klug handeln: 104 Denkfehler und Irrwege, die Sie besser anderen überlassen (EN version is The Art of Thinking Clearly)written by Rolf Dobelli I got a comprehensive overview about 104...
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Based on the initiative by Stefan Nowaczynski and with the important help by Gerald Fiesser we hosted our first Coach Reflection Day aka. CoReDay at idealo. With this post I provide an overview on the format, share some of my learnings and hopefully inspire...
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What an amazing journey along my agile path in 2015. Time to shortly recap the most important steps. Clustered in the topics: RecruitingThe role of an agile coachScrumban and Scrum 3.0Agile metricsWorking in a team of agile coachesRetrospectivesComplexityAwesome workshop experiencesReading...
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What a great day – I’m still deeply impressed by an awesome goal definition workshop facilitated by Judith Andresen. Together with my teammates (what an amazing group we got already – I’m really proud to be part of it) and the...
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Helping and guiding teams to become highly successful is the focus of being an agile coach. I’m currently reading Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations – an amazing book about important aspects to consider for teams. With this...
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Today I had the opportunity to join a great and inspiring presentation by Boris Gloger talking about Scrum 3.0 and organization 4.0 (thanks to Immobilienscout24 for hosting a great event). With this post I provide a short summary of my notes...
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With this blog post I start a series of posts related to solution focussed coaching. Based on the awesome book Agile Teams lösungsfokussiert coachen (DE) I’m going to share my insights starting with some helpful criteria to define goals. First of...
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This post is part three to summarize methods to be used when working in complex environments and outlines 12 complexitools for learning and agile project work.By reading you get an impression what is necessary to support learning in complex environments.I...
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After spending some time rebuilding the main page for OnTheAgilePath (your feedback is highly appreciated) this weeks update is a short learning recap regarding migration projects. I just share some insights that might help you in your current project or upcoming ones...
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This post is part two to summarize methods to be used when working in complex environments and outlines 9 komplexithoden for agility. By reading you get an impression what is necessary to support agility in complex environments… in my opinion...
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This time I share insights from our team of Agile Coaches and explain the way we learn together, exchange information  and knowledge in 7 different formats. Have fun trying it in your environment too. #1 Agile daily (daily 15’) Lets...
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Having hosted retrospective workshops and learned through many retrospective facilitations in various teams and environments I would like to start sharing some complete retrospective formats and provide comments what worked and what maybe did not work. Introduction How A brief...
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Recently I had the opportunity to join a session about painting exercises that one can embed in e.g. retrospectives to open another channel for discussions. Thanks to Lisbeth Ott for arranging a great learning experience. Double Doodle A simple exercise, just...
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With this blog post I’d like to share some experiences from my presentation at Netlight’s awesome edge conference. What I learned  to present a topic from various perspectives forces one to drill down deeper on areas. Ones learns more about...
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What a great experience joining Netlight’s awesome EDGE conference . Networking, high communicative engagement and a joyful environment. Congratulations to Netlight for hosting a great event and making it a highlight for the presenters too. It was inspiring and challenging to prepare...
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Taken from Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo What a reading week, I  finished Nils Pfläging’s  Organize for complexity and Komplexithoden (written together with Silke Hermann) and I’m on the way reading Führen mit flexiblen Zielen (Leading using flexible goals). Both books helped my to further...
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Source:http://noestimatesbook.com/ This week I read Vasco Duarte’s brilliant new book about #NoEstimates and I just have to write a post advertising it. Finally there is a ground setting summary about the #NoEstimates movement and I can highly recommend reading it. For...
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During the last weeks we were preparing a workshop for effective meeting facilitation and having great retrospectives. We … because preparation was done in a team of 3. A great experience I would like to share with you with this...
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Some days ago I discovered the awesome Scrumban Simulation Game GetScrumban and got infected playing it. With this post I share some learnings and hints how I reached the highscore leading position for both categories (full mode play and quick play)....
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With this post I’ll share some of my recently read books, link to some of my summaries and provide an overview on upcoming ones. Maybe you can add your current favorites to help me discovering and filling my reading queue...
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Based on my previous post where I explained how you can apply Little’s Law for Release Planning this post describes how to add a necessary buffer to consider that project delivery rates follow a fairly predictable S-Curve and that Little’s law...
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I’m currently reading the advanced ScrumBan book Scrumban [R]Evolution – Getting the most out of Agile, Scrum and Lean, Kanban by Ajay Reddy and found a nice extension of Little’s Law that I would like to share with this post. A...
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With this post I share with you a template for creating a simple Release Burndown Chart. The chart was originally described by Mike Cohn as the alternative release burn down and shows some additional information in comparison to the default burn down...
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Retrospectives are established as the standard way for continuous improvement reflection in Scrum and ScrumBan environments. Having the meetings itself optimized it’s still a question how to best ensure that action items resulting from the retrospective really get done. With...
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So far I was a strong believer in using analogue (physical) boards but experiencing the advantages of digital solutions I’m changing my orientation. In this post I aggregate some advantages and disadvantages for both solutions. Maybe you can add your...
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With this post I share my slides about agile metrics that I presented originally at the Management 3.0 regular table in Munich. As I’m currently preparing a more detailed workshop about agile metrics I share parts of it during my...
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Special thanks to my fellow team member Ludger Wagner for recording my provoking presentation about Scrum’s evolutionary next step ScrumBan, that I would like to share with you today (presentation slides and more information about the context of this presentation I...
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Ideation, what a highly energizing experience during the last weeks. With this post I’ll summarize my insights and I hope to inspire you to try the same (and maybe share your insights too). Some years ago I watched this great...
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#1 – How is the holistic company transformation influenced by agile coaching? I think agile coaching has a significant impact on a holistic company transformation. To work with the agile perspective needs expert knowledge and experience in areas like Lean,...
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This week I had the opportunity to join the great Berlin Scrum Meetup as a speaker and evening facilitator. I selected Scrumban as an Evolution of Scrum as the topic for the evening and it was an interesting experience with a...
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With this post I share with you my experience with an extraordinary retrospective format I tried the first time this week – the  WE PROCESS.  It’s based on the amazing work by Scott M. Peck about community building and the extended...
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This week I attended the great Software Craftsmanship Berlin Meetup to listen to Daniel Irvine‘s  great talk about Discipline and Professionalism in Software Development. I was deeply impressed by the high value attitude and with this post I share my notes and insights from...
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Recently we arranged a kick off for our department consisting of 4 teams. Aiming to connect people we applied a gamification approach using 4 cool games and exercises that I share with you through this post (this time 2, maybe...
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During the last years I attended several ScrumMaster/Agile Coaches teams and we experimented with various formats for efficient synching in our group (among the ScrumMasters). I can highly recommend syncing regularly as it shows common topics to discuss and allows...
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With this post I describe some advanced topics to consider for your next Moving Motivator session.  If you’re not yet familiar with this great game – to discover your (teams) intrinsic motivators – please start with reading Playing Moving Motivators with Teams....
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This week I had the opportunity to join an awesome two day workshop – PRODUCTMANAGEMENT – facilitated by Roman Pichler.  High intensity input regarding Products, Roadmaps, Stories, Teams, Personas and Product Management. WOW. In this post I share my Sketchnotes...
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Starting with Scrum back in 2008 I was a strong believer in the concept of using sprints. It provided a nice frame for starter teams, ensured regular feedback cycles and was a key to remove old delivery and product building...
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A key success factor for efficient team work is to be able to make decisions (and in an efficient way). Best fully supported by every team member. Learning how to best facilitate decision making is an important skill for an...
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I just finished reading the awesome book Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability by Daniel S. Vacanti. For me a must read to get a deep insight in metrics for agile environments. With this blog post I summarize my highlights and key learnings....
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In this blog post I describe my approach to organize my daily work using Personal Kanban. Starting with answering: Why Personal Kanban?, followed by the structure of my board, an explanation of my daily planning session, tooling and how my...
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I guess your are already using a Definition of Ready (DOR) and a Definition of Done (DOD)?(If not – there are some hints at the end of this post 😉 Nicely printed DOD/DORs hanging on walls or hidden in Wiki...
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Not knowing (NICHTWISSEN)  Some time ago I had the opportunity to watch an awesome presentation by Daniel Juling about Not Knowing. It was a great session with really exciting input about that (at least) for me so far unconsidered perspective.  Learning...
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#NoEstimates – simplicity first WHY #NoEstimates instead of using story points or detailed time estimations? … Please check the great input by the #NoEstimates movement and the great new book on #NoEstimates by Vasco Duarte.  This post is a short summary how I introduced it....
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 Interview with Agile Coach Stefan Nowaczynski Currently I have the opportunity to work with the awesome agile coach Stefan Nowaczynski and learn a lot about coaching. This post replays an interview with Stefan about Coaching. Learn why coaching and agile...
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Scaling and staying agile is the real challenge many companies face currently. Having started with small agile cells that became successful it’s the next step to use it in many teams. Coupled with strong growth pressure, scaling can create a...
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In this post I’ll describe the evolution towards ScrumBan as a natural way for the growth of Scrum teams. Let’s in addition ask the questions why to start with Scrum at all. There is a lot of discussion ongoing and...
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Agility A short summary of the great talk The Death of Agile | ThoughtWorks by Dave Thomas. What a great presentation – starting with the heavy monetization around the term Agile. “Create fear, make it sound difficult, bright and shiny and sell it...
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Many companies use loyalty incentives promised to be available at a later point in time as a way to provide recognition for their employees and to bind the employees to the company (e.g. a salary increase in future, stock options,...
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Agile is about being fast and flexible. I love reading books about AGILE and surrounding topics (motivation, management, happiness, nature,…) but always struggled reading a lot of text and having the need to condense relevant information afterwards. I guess you...
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In part 3 of the recruiting blog post series I’ll consider the perspective of a recruiting agency/headhunters. A really competitive market, trying to find talents in a employee market situation. Read about the agencies connection to the applicants/talents and the...
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What’s blogging all about For me – it is learning, connecting and networking and storing information. I write posts now for some years and I notice how often I refer to my posts when engaging in discussions.  Learning is covered...
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This time let’s take the perspective of the job applicant searching for a new position (check companies perspective too). This post describes a good preparation and organization, provides hints for working with agencies and will support your next decision and...
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Just came across a nice discussion about the Daily Standup and what (3) questions to use. Condensed some cool variations for questions in you Daily. Nice connection with the goal getting it done: “DONE” – Delivered – Obstacles – NEx...
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Based on the awesome list of 42 tasks for a ScrumMaster by Bernd Schiffer I created a Scribe with VideoScribe describing the role of an Agile Coach/ScrumMaster. Now the English Version is available too. Have fun watching it! Your feedback is highly appreciated. A german version...
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Based on the awesome list of 42 tasks for a ScrumMaster by Bernd Schiffer I created a Scribe with VideoScribe describing the role of an Agile Coach/ScrumMaster. Have fun watching it and your feedback is highly appreciated. The EN-Audio version will follow...
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As I just had the opportunity to search for a new position I monitored current recruiting practices,compared it with my experience during recruiting and would like to share my observations with you. With this post I’ll use the perspective of...
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Based on the Webinar – A River (of Requirements) Runs Through it – by Dave West and Derwyn Harris I share with you my sketch notes and key takeaways.  Key learnings Consider Requirements in an agile and adaptive way and not as...
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SketchNotes I’ve taken during a workshop with Jason Little and Torsten Scheller/AgilWerden and based on Jason Littles Lean Change initative. The SketchNotes are available as Pdf and printer friendly PDF version too....
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Saturday morning – family is up and waiting for a common breakfast. Kiddies are asking – Daddy – can we help you, can we help, please can we help, … did I mention that I like the way kids discover...
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It’s time to close 2014 regarding goal achievements and to plan new goals for 2015. Is it your task to define and administer the system? Or are you the one who’s performance gets evaluated via goals? With this post I’ll...
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Another awesome management workout – Project Credits – by Jurgen Appelo – helped me to get a better picture how to continue with job titles, roles and it’s connection to personal brands and reputation. I learned why titles are important in...
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Short before 2013 ends it’s a good time to gather feedback on how management is doing. Seeing management as the servant for the teams – the teams are the ones to ask. The following provides a suggestion for a 20...
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Based on the new management 3.0 CHAMPFROGS by Jurgen Appelo I tried to summarize my readings with Sketchnotes (see below). The 10 intrinsic motivators – Curiosity – Honor – Acceptance – Mastery – Power – Freedom – Relatedness – Order – Goal...
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Inspiration There are so many sources of inspiration, a nice video is one source working for me.I like Lost generation – a great idea for transporting an important message.I got really inspired by watching The Beauty of Nature. Another source of inspiration...
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The following table (thanks to Alin) was compiled to get an fast overview on the 3 mostly used agile approaches – Scrum, Kanban and the combination of both Scrumban. Maybe you’re currently thinking about your environment and what agile method...
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Based on Jurgen Appelo’s management workout Personal Maps I created my first sketch note (thanks for the brilliant idea of using sketch notes to Angel Medinella). Please be patient with the format – still a lot to improve for me there...
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