Extreme survival

Many who have worked with me know that I’m not afraid to try radically new ways of getting the job done, whether it’s restructuring a team, an Agile transformation or managing technical implementations. I like taking risks trying new things like gamestorming for setting team objectives and starting test automation even in companies that don’t have a solid test documentation in place yet. Why? To turn the tide and start improving, deliver value by example, show them some possibilities they may like to try themselves.

Many companies are struggling to survive during these difficult times. Remember, not all companies are like Facebook, Google, Apple etc. I’ve read in a local newspaper that over 10000 companies went bankrupt in 2014. They are desperately trying to improve the situation with limited resources.  So how you could help your company to survive in times of crisis? Continue reading

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Flip coin decisions

 coins When your team has little time to decide on how to approach a difficult challenge. Let them decide by coins! May the best idea win!
  1. Discuss the challenge

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  1. How would they cope with the challenge at hand? Listen to idea’s from the group (one idea per person)

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  1. Let the team pick the top ideas (3-5), write them down
  2. “Everyone, pick your coins!”

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  1. Vote for an idea by putting your coin face up on the table covered by your hand, removing your hand only when all coins are on the table.
  2. In case of a tie we will vote again to see which idea is most suited to cope with the given challenge (time constraints, required resources…)
  3. The winner(s) will face the challenge using their ideas
  4. Extra fun: If the winner(s) can successfully complete the challenge by realising their idea(s) they can have the pick of place to celebrate (team drink,…).
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    • Involvement
    • Quick decisions
    • Motivation boost
    • Reality check (team feedback)

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…