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Don’t do Tetris-style Leadership

Did you ever play TETRIS(*)? The essence:Tetris: Errors pile up, successes simply disappear! Don’t be a TETRIS-LEADER to the people around you! Better: (* don’t worry – I don’t tell how old you are )

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Treat People like Adults

This is my favourite slogan: Treat people like adults, as they are adults… at least most of them. And for those that are not (aka. kids) think about how to foster them to learn and grow on their way to become adults. Repeat. For those adults: On the other hand: Act like an adult! So…

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5 Key Relationships of Product Owners

Do you know the „5 Key Relationships of Product Owners“? Product Owners have many responsibilities. Here I want to point out the essential communication relationships they have to establish, maintain and foster: 1) their relationship to higher management 2) their relationship to Scrum Master(s) and Agile Coach(es) 3) their relationship to Teams of Developers 4)…

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Story Points or hours?

I was asked: “What do your prefer: estimation with hours or estimation with story points?“ Short answer: I don’t care.  Very long answer:  The big question is what you make out of it: My focus of estimation (or sizing as it is called in Scrum) is to catalyse conversation.  If in a team you have…

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Cheating at School…

Another quote I just stumbled over: *Cheating at School is called Collaboration at Work!* Please please please, dear pupils and students,  do not loose your ability to collaborate with your class mates:  you will need this skill later! #collaboration

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Difficult team members…

Conflict in a team?Difficult team members?

I was asked: „What is your approach to managing difficult team members?“ I recommend to reflect on your own mindset: what does „difficult team members“ mean? How come that you label or judge others in that way? Typically people have a good reason for acting like they do. So, try to be open-minded, try to find…

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What is a PRODUCT?

Washing machine is a product for a home appliance manufacturer

I was asked “What is a PRODUCT?” Not so easy. Wikipedia says: “In marketing, a product is an object, or system, or service made available for consumer use as of the consumer demand; it is anything that can be offered to a market to satisfy the desire or need of a customer. In retailing, products are often referred to as merchandise, and in manufacturing, products are…

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How long do we need a Scrum Master?

In a training I was asked „How long do you need a Scrum Master?“ Let’s just think about FC Bayern München. The well known soccer club. They definitely play world class soccer. What’s your best guess:do they still have a trainer, do they have a coach? Yes, they do. Although they know the rules of soccer.…

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Meeting Leadership Commitment

Decision of Presence Clarity on FocusHabit of Preparation Courage of true CollaborationResponsibility of Leadership which means:Decision of Presence  – I am hereClarity on Focus – I am just hereHabit of Preparation – I know why I am hereCourage of true Collaboration – I know why others are hereResponsibility of Leadership – I help us to stay and work…

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