13 Jun 2009
in agile, organizations, projects
Tags: devils advocate, leadership, leadership activities, modern leadership, peacemaker, responsibility, team, team-work
A couple of years ago I was attending the course “Secrets of Agile Teamwork – Beyond Technical Skills” by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen. It was a brilliant course, and so far, I have had more use of it than any other course I have attended or book I have read. In the special Esther-and-Diana-style (you must try it if you get the chance), we learned about communication, conflict, feedback, change and leadership. We also learned a lot about ourselves from reflecting over how we behaved in different situations. Highly recommended!
One section in the course was “Team Leadership Activities” and that would prove a real eye-opener to me. It is a great tool to view a team through, to understand what makes a team move forward towards their goal and how you can contribute.
14 Feb 2009
in agile, development, organizations, process
Tags: lean, lean principles, local optimization, measure, measure up, metrics, micromanagement, net promoter score, running tested feature, software development
Yesterday I watched Grand Designs on TV where a couple restored an old 1600-century house. They found that at least one window was shut with bricks and concrete (or the equivalent used at that time), but when they opened it up the whole room changed and the light and the view the window provided was beautiful.
The reason for shutting the window, as Kevin McCloud told, was that long ago there was a window-tax (!!) in England, hence a lot of windows where shut this way.
You get what you measure.
18 Nov 2008
in agile, continuous improvement, organizations, retrospecitives
Tags: agile, retrospective
A lot of companies today wants to become “agile”. The $100.000.000 question is: How do you become agile?
31 Oct 2008
in organizations, projects
Tags: leadership, micromanagement, support
Sometimes I get very proud of what I accomplish, at work or otherwise. This is a very rewarding feeling that last for years when looking back.
So I asked myself when am I proud of what I’ve done? What are the circumstances?
07 Sep 2008
in agile, continuous improvement, making money, organizations, retrospecitives, tdd
Tags: acceptance test, continuous improvement, eliminate waste, integration test, retrospective, Scania, system test, testing, transparency
Yesterday I was visiting Scania when their R&D department had a family-day where they demonstrated what they are working with. Scania, for those of you who don’t know, is famous for making high quality trucks and buses. What struck me when we went from room to room and hall to hall was that wherever we went, there was an automated testing rig!
01 Sep 2008
in agile, continuous improvement, making money, organizations, process, projects
The other day I heard a person on my project say “Manual processes are risks”. Generally, if you do something that has a risk, you want to have a chance to gain something from taking the risk.
19 Aug 2008
in energized work, organizations, projects
One of the members on my team is having his son acclimatizing at daycare, and he was amazed with how the kids were playing around together, climbing and crawling, and how they we’re constantly experiencing, thinking and learning. He said “They seem to have so much fun and learn so much, why don’t we do that as adults?”.
Yeah, why don’t we?
13 Aug 2008
in continuous improvement, keep it simple, making money, organizations, refactoring
Today I was struck by the similarities between rewriting code (as opposed to refactoring it) and how many companies reorganize.
When I was a young programmer and the code I had written was a mess I thought that if I just got the chance to rewrite everything it would then work better. Out with the old, and start on a blank sheet.