Category Archives: Food for Thought

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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Job satisfaction as a manager?

Managers are usually paid better than software developers – I’m thinking middle managers here, not the C-level. Why is that when the developers are the ones that actually build the product? You can have developers without managers, but the other … 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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Beware of the Cult of Busy in Company Culture

Have you ever met people that tell you of their many, many important meetings and duties and the long, long hours they work? And people that constantly want you to take care of their request NOW, because the client is … 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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Hyper-productive teams? Ruthlessly pruned backlog!

Most of the agile transitions I’ve had insight into were mandated by management. They were motivated by an ever-growing pile of requests that exceeds the developers’ capacity several times over. The tales of “hyper-productive teams” lead them to think Scrum … Continue reading

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Is Scrum a Shu-Stage of Agile?

In my filter bubble there is this trend of teams switching to Kanban after they’ve used Scrum for a while. Typically they had been successful with Scrum and switched to Kanban, when they felt they’d taken Scrum as far as … Continue reading

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