Agile—A Courageous Choice

Agile—A Courageous Choice

“Olaf took the audience on a journey and the slides were about the least of it. He started by breaking their expectations, moved them through an activity that was engaging, opening, and enlightening. He gave them permission to get deeper into their own being than they usually do and he encouraged them to go deeper […]

Descale Your Organisation!

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Agile with a Purpose, Conference, Video | No Comments
Descale Your Organisation!

I repeated my Agile2014 talk on Descale Your Organisation at ALE2014 as a surprise talk. This time, it was professionally recorded: These are the core ideas: Virtuous Cycle to Descale Your Organisation Increase trust. Trusted people can be invited to make new choices. These choices may lead to unneeded structures (rules, processes, hierarchies…) that you can […]

Compassion For Managers

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Des Volkes Scrum, People's Scrum | One Comment
Compassion For Managers

TrustTemenos Certified Agile Leadership Training: September 05/06 in London! Christine Neidhardt and I co-created a leadership training based on our leadership academy. It calls for compassionate leaders. If the story resonates with you, share it and join us! This is a post in a series, with essays from the People’s Scrum book, German edition: Des Volkes Scrum. Compassion […]

Paul Klipp on Listening Part III

Paul Klipp on Listening Part III

  Paul Klipp talked about listening at ALE2014 in Kraków. He identified three key components: Let the other think, which I covered in Part I, Understand emotional expressions, which I covered in Part II, and Train your mind to listen and understand, even when things get rough. That’s covered in this post. Imagine you’re sitting in your quiet office, diligently […]

Tools vs Presence

Tools vs Presence

At ALE2014 in Kraków, we started interesting conversations around effectiveness of specific tools vs the effectiveness of our presence. It inspired me to write the draft post about Magic, Mystery or Science. Presence, in this context, means being in the moment. Practitioners of mindfulness refer to this as being mode, in contrast to doing mode […]

Scrum in Stories: Severus Snape

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in scrum in stories | No Comments

In February, I wrote the first example post about Sam Gamgee for Hero Feedback applied to a Scrum Role. I asked for ideas on Twitter whom else to write about and Allan Kelly proposed Severus Snape, Professor for Potions (and later Defense against the Dark Arts) at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter […]

Mystery, Magic, or Science?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Agile with a Purpose, Conference | One Comment

I’m at ALE14 unconference in Krakow, enjoying lots of inspiring and engaging conversations. I have a special connection to this event and its people, as I organised the first ALE conference three years ago in Berlin. this is a draft post… written in a hallway while Pablo is waiting for me to come join him […]

Liquid Scrum

  We have translated Tobias Mayer’s The People’s Scrum into German. Tobias asked us to create a spirited rather than literal translation, adding some of our own material to the book. We’re nearly done with the translation. There is one essay I added, which I’m so excited about that I translated it into English for […]

Innovation Requires Forgiveness

Innovation Requires Forgiveness

Safe-to-fail experiments for product and process are not enough. We also need safe-to-fail interactions for people. Innovation requires forgiveness. Last week at Agile2014, I did this pecha kucha in the lightning talk session on “People“. This is my abstract: Innovation Requires Forgiveness Teams and organisation fostering innovation and creativity struggle with a motivational challenge after a […]

De-Scaling Inspirations

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Conference, Culture, People's Scrum | 2 Comments
De-Scaling Inspirations

De-Scale Your Organisation! You deserve to love what you do. Our environment has not evolved in a way that helps us realising that. This talk explains why and how that is so, and what to do to make it better. Like physical systems our organizations build up scales or blockages during healthy function and growth. We’re […]