How visualization helps improving quality

“There are none so blind than those who refuse to see.”

In my experience most people seem to have problems showing their weaknesses and shortcomings. Even more so when someone is looking over their shoulders.  Is it too embarrassing to be caught making mistakes?  It doesn’t make any sense, I believe this attitude is a major hindrance for self improvement.

“The first step in dealing with any problem is to see that indeed there is a problem.”

Acknowledging that there is something wrong is the right path to finding a solution. SONY DSCIn order to get a better look at the situation imagine yourself as a bird. Fly off then! Flap your wings and get a birds eye view on the situation… Get a little bit closer to study the problem in detail. Find the best angle to approach. Continue reading

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Can I trust you???

“I don’t feel the motivation of the people working on this project”, “The team has lost confidence in their management” and “I just do my 9 to 5 after receiving the blame for the last production issues”

Those are just a few of many complaints I’ve overheard when working with failing product development teams. It make the alarm bell in my head ring every time I hear such talks! How often did you have the luck of working with a management that truly cares about the challenges, the team morale, and communication’s transparency.

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I have a dream…

Sometimes, you need to step outside, get some air and remind yourself who you are and where you want to be.”

Sometimes i want to be in a world where there are no hierarchies. Where people are judged by their capabilities, knowledge and expertise as well as their behavior and communication skills. And political play is not the (tall) order of the day. I dream of a place where people get a chance to innovate and create to find their own solutions to given challenges and problems. I want to see a society where we are able to speak what’s in our minds freely about certain matters that concern the difficulties teams are facing on executing projects and what comes with it without unnecessary complications and consequences. I wonder if Agile profiling is the answer to these… but in order to find out, people have to be willing at least to try and cooperate. For the meantime, all I could do is dream…