QUESTI?N EVERYTHING (18/01): Isabel De Clercq

"A knowledge worker who doesn't share his knowledge actually damages the organization." - Isabel De Clercq This quote is taken from the great book "Social Technologies in Business". In first place it sounds like a strenuous appeal for workers to be more proactive. Actually it is a calling for anyone in modern organizations to create … Continue reading QUESTI?N EVERYTHING (18/01): Isabel De Clercq

Interview with Klaus Leopold from LEANability

Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Klaus Leopold for his video Blog on Lean Business Agility. Here you can find the results: Lean Business Agility E026: Medical Device Development, Flight Levels and Scrum https://youtu.be/Smk9gxmopMg Thanks Klaus for this interesting session! It was great meeting you in Cologne for our last workshop … Continue reading Interview with Klaus Leopold from LEANability

Enterprise Kanban Coach

This week I successfully finished the last of four inspiring and amazing workshops in my journey to become an Enterprise Kanban Coach. It was a tough but incredible mind opening time I was honored to spend with 15 great coaching trainees and our trainers Klaus Leopold and Sigi Kaltenegger. I learned so much about optimizing … Continue reading Enterprise Kanban Coach

Rare-Earth Work: The economics of Slack

Would you agree or disagree to the following statement: A development team with high utilization creates more value than a team with lower utilization? Are you sure? I have been confronted with this question over and over again: To which utilization limit shall our Department be loaded with? What might be the influence of close to full … Continue reading Rare-Earth Work: The economics of Slack

Rhythm & Blues

We had just finished our sprint review and the team members presented the results of the last sprint. We had an amazing sprint, where the team not just accomplished all commitments they have given – in addition they pulled additional work packages and finalized it. Our internal customers were quite happy and expressed that in … Continue reading Rhythm & Blues

Team Transition

One of my first exercises as a Team Leader was to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the team members of my department. For team analysis I reviewed literature and tools for team assessments. One of the most popular theories of team development procedures is of Bruce Tuckman’s which are described in the “forming–storming–norming–performing” model. … Continue reading Team Transition

Safe to Fail

Imagine a meeting room filled with People watching on results of the last project. While the project manager explains why this project has not been executed successfully and the majority of invest is wasted, the people in the room get silent, looking at the highest-paid-persons mimic. It feels like everyone knows the sentence he will … Continue reading Safe to Fail

The biggest challenge

Just to make it clear from the beginning: There is no easy change or transition. In the human language „known“ has the meaning of „safe“, while „unknown“ always means kind of a risk or threat. Thus change has always to do with letting something that is already known go while not having absolute confidence in … Continue reading The biggest challenge

Risk that your teams outgrow you!

I’m not very old, but I promise I have some good years behind me since I started my professional career several years ago. As I started, it was natural to me to work in an organization with a strong hierarchy; I had a boss who had a boss who had a boss who had a … Continue reading Risk that your teams outgrow you!

How it started…

2013: I’m standing in the copying room, waiting anxiously for the copying machine to warm up and print a working plan. While waiting, all the sounds in my head went silent and I was finally feeling proud! After fourteen weeks of summarizing a huge amount of project relevant information, negotiating timelines, aligning between different projects, … Continue reading How it started…

Let´s start #EMPOWERING.TEAMs!

Hi there! Today we went "live" with our own Web-Page! 🙂 We are collecting and publishing content for Agile Leadership and Product Development Strategies - aiming to find more people who want to join us in #EMPOWERING.TEAMs. This page shall serve as a source of information, ideas and multiplier for people who are new in the agile world … Continue reading Let´s start #EMPOWERING.TEAMs!