Category Archives: Fairly Good Practice

Giraffe and Jackal – Non-Violent Communication

Today my Twitter timeline contained a transformative gem, something that will help me reserve judgement and connect better to others: A 3-hour video of a workshop on Non-Violent-Communication. Normally the 3 hours would have put me off. As would the … Continue reading

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Lunch with ready-made conversation starters – for conferences

Last year I expressed “Dinner with a Stranger” as a pattern for Conferences. Now I’d like to suggest an alternative (or add-on?): At OOP 2013 I once again realized, how bad I am at chatting up strangers without a decent … Continue reading

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Find someone to TeamUp

At my workplace we’ve recently started following Scrum and Kanban. I head the product management team with 2 newly minted product owners. They used to be a product manager and sales engineer respectively. One has limited experience with Scrum, the … Continue reading

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3 Feedback Models

Feedback is important. Only by knowing how our actions affect others do we know what works and what doesn’t. Feedback becomes more effective, when it is frequent, timely and specific. Frequent Giving feedback only at quarterly or yearly reviews wastes … Continue reading

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One-on-Ones in Agile (Transitions)

Have you ever had regular One-on-Ones (“O3s”)? If not, I think you’re missing out. Mark Horstman and Mike Auzenne describe them as: 30 minute conversation every (other) week Between a manager and one of her team members. (Each team member gets … Continue reading

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Why I like “Number of completed stories” as a metric

… or Small stories kick ass! In his superb video explaining the role of the Product Owner Henrik Kniberg chooses “Number of completed stories” to measure the teams capacity (velocity). He mentions story points, but chooses a less widespread measure. … Continue reading

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Story Telling & Product Partnership (OOP 2013 – Day 1)

This week I’m attending OOP in Munich. As Open Spaces / Un-Conferences have become the norm for me it’s strange to be at “real” conference for a change. I have not been “siezed” (formal way to address in German) that … Continue reading

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