Posts filed under: Education

Great team development workshop with Conrad Giller

  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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Key take aways from The Principles of Product Development Flow

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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#NoEstimates – 10+1 new principles for software development presented by Vasco Duarte

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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The primes – how any group can solve any problem – book teaser

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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Dynamic Team Setups – presented on the Manage Agile conference 2016

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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Insights from the Manage Agile 2016 in Berlin – Day 1

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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#NoEstimates meetup in Berlin – 07.12. – save the date

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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Dynamic team setups presentation at Berlin Scrum Meetup

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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Impressions from Agile Barcamp | Leipzig #agileipzig 2016

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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11 books next on your reading list? About simplicity, major change, trust and speed

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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Why one size fits all #slacktime is not working and what you can do about it

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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The value of diversity in teams – a great Berlin Scrum Meetup

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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Learnings from Leading the Transformation – Applying Agile and DevOps principles at scale

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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Digital transformation, turning projects and DevOps on steroids – 3 cool lightening talks at Mayflower inspire

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 – why you should urgently reconsider your teams, meetings and working environment – part one

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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12 next books for your reading list? About complexity, coaching, teams, leadership and modern agility

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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9 major learning areas on my agile path in 2015 – a fast overview about 57 posts I wrote this year

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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Define great team goals – an awesome 10 steps workshop facilitated by Judith Andresen

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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Read the brilliant #NoEstimates book by Vasco Duarte – a must for being up to date regarding agility

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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5 must read books for agile coaches + 7 next books on my reading list

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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Discover Ideation … a highly motivating, engaging and enlightening way to innovate, build and enhance your product

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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Awesome product management with Roman Pichler – Roadmaps, Products, Personas, Teams – your next training?

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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Not knowing as a reference system – use self creating systems, structure and your imagination instead of just knowledge

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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Learn how to read 48 books in one month + additional 14 book summaries for free

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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Sketchnotes from Webinar – A River (of Requirements) Runs Through It – Innovation, Disruption, Alignment and Complexity

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 from Lean Change Workshop with Jason Little and Torsten Scheller

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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A collection of videos to help us on the agile path – Part II – Inspiration (Lost generation, Beauty of Nature, Cultural hacks, Not Knowing, Happy Melly, Good work)

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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A collection of videos to help us on the agile path – Part II – Scrum (IDEO, PO in a nutshell, Fibonacci, 30 days, great conductors)

Scrum In part II you’ll find some videos to help in our daily Scrum life.  Did you ever wonder about the cross functional team and how it should look like – maybe the IDEO shopping cart video provides some inspiration. ...
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A collection of videos to help us on the agile path – Part I – Motivation, Ideas, Productivity

Motivation Part I is collection of videos I found really useful to understand more about motivation, idea generation and productivity. As motivation is one of the most important areas to work with as an agile manager I think it’s a...
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Recently read books – some recommendations (Flow, ScrumBan, Networking, Unconferences, Bonus)

It has been quite for some time now on my blog. Sorry for letting you wait – but I needed some break to collect new ideas and process all the impressions I got from the conferences, books and activities in...
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My summary of agile world #awrld2013

First of all Thanks to all organizers, speakers and attendees. It was a pleasure!The #awrld2013 was a success. Well organized tracks and sessions. A lot of interesting talks, new ideas and insights in other companies agile world.Some highlight sentences I remember 😉...
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Impression from Agile World (#awrld2013) – Day 1

Agile World in Munich – Day 1 After having some nice chats in the beginning during the morning coffee we started with really interesting keynotes about  Agil and Lean at Telefonica Infineon and there chances with going agile Agile Transition...
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Recap on #DARE13 – my highlight agile conference 2013 so far

  😉 I started my #dare13 day 2 with a cool AIKIDO session facilitated by Ángel Medinilla. It was amazing and for me a key learning – elegance, intelligence and not much power – a convincing style to “dance” with your...
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Impressions from DARE13

Wow – what a nice day full of impressions from the #DARE13 conference in Antwerp, Belgium.Today early in the morning – I guess around 7am – I was on my walk to Rijnkaai 96 in Antwerp to join the agile conference #DARE13.    I think...
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Upcoming agile events in June (DARE, Agile world, Scrum day)

Some interesting upcoming agile events in June Yesterday I got an nice information from Jurgen Appelo about the upcoming Dare 2013 and I thought to provide a short overview about interesting events regarding AGILE in June. DARE 2013 Jun 14-15, Dare 2013 (Antwerp,...
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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW7+8+9/2013 (Personal Kanban, Management 3.0, Metrics, Employee handbook)

Background This time you’ll find inspiring input on designing an employeer handbook, how to organize yourself by considering Henrik Kniberg’s presentation, some input for hiring and more about using agile metrics. An Appropriate Use of Metrics (Blog Post by Martin...
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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW05+06/2013 (Productivity, Teams, Responsibilities)

  Background The past 2 weeks were a bit busy with inspiring feedback talks and a nice workshop with Andre Häusling. Readings were about cross functional teams, problems with multitasking, human responsibilities, agile architecture and productivity. Readings Overview Cross functional...
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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW02-04/2013 (Career development, Stifle innovation, Comraderie, Motivate, Meeting killers)

  Background The past 3 weeks my readings followed the direction career path, innovation and motivation.  This time you’ll find a collection of nice and compact resources about leadership, agile carrer development, Love-Comraderie-Adventure and innovation. Readings Overview Lessons learned in...
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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW01/2013 (Agile Atlas, Team traps, Agile Guide as a subway plan, management secret)

  Background The first week in 2013 passed with interesting input regarding agile management. Through exploring I found a cool agile practice subway and stumbled upon an good talk about team traps by Esther Derby. Readings Overview Agile Atlas (Scrum...
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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW52/2012 (Way to Agile, Personal Development, Work Expo, Books)

  Background This week passed with some interesting sources about book recommendations for 2012 and the work expo by Jurgen Appelo, a nice daily update on Agile by Gil Broza.  Readings Overview 12 recommended books by Jurgen Appelo (Blog post...
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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW51/2012 (Metrics, Performance Appraisals, Software in 30 days)

  Background Again a week of learning and cross reading with the resulting hub connection. This weeks topics covered/started – performance appraisals, metrics – continued, productivity tools and Scrum input for the management.  Readings Overview Performance management for agile people...
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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW50/2012 (Metrics – Measure up, Pay for performance, Story Points)

  Background This week was full with readings in the direction metrics. As the year ends and performance reviews and setting new goals and objectives is knocking on the door – a lot of reading investment went in this direction. ...
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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW49/2012

  Background The last week passed with reading in various areas. I learned more about How to help Melly?, found an amazingly simple and nice summary of the Product Owner Role and scanned various cool games to play with your...
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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW48/2012

  Background This time you can follow my readings about agile metrics, the professional ladder (HR) and a nice input how to improve your way of doing code reviews. In the middle – find the relaxing moment 😉 Readings Overview...
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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW47/2012

  Background It’s time for the 2nd weekly Scrum reading post. This time around creativity, incentives, agility and decision helpers. Readings Overview How to build a high performance agile team (Blog post by Michael Lant) Agile Transition – What you...
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Weekly Scrum readings follow up – CW46/2012

Background See this kind of post as an experiment, how to best spread my favorite readings of Scrum related input and gain possible input for additional valuable sources from the agile community – meaning YOU. Along with this I’d like...
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Top Scrum books (Part II)

Nonviolent communication Marshall B. RosenbergArun GandhiVera F. BirkenbihlIngrid Holler;2007 For me one of the most impressive books about respectful communication and how to work with people.WATCH – FEEL – EXPRESS NEEDS – ASK   “WATCH – there are less things that...
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It started with reading … lets start the blog with my top Scrum books (Part I)

Drive Daniel H. Pink;2010 Learn what is motivation. What are differences between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and how to foster growing motivation. Daniel H. Pink combines science background and stories about motivation in a nice to read way. How it...
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