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

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

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

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!