There’s no getting around it. We are working remotely, from our homes. Communication is harder. We need to make the best of the situation. You’re not likely to be able to implement everything in this article-because we’re all uniquely constrained by our home situations-but I suggest you try.
Communication is seemingly the main issue when I ask what makes remote collaboration harder than what we’re used to. Communication, however, can mean many things. In this case, it is about a) voice only not conveying as much information, and b) video still not being a substitute for in-person engagements. …
“When a challenge in life is met by a response that is equal to it, you have success. But when the challenge moves to a higher level, the old, once successful response no longer works — it fails; thus, nothing fails like success.” — Stephen R. Covey
The world is turning, in what many believes an unprecedented pace. More and more of us feel that previous successes are slipping away. Our models for how work works and how we view and perceive the world is suddenly working against us.
The VUCA acronym regained popularity recently, short for volatility, uncertainty, complexity…
When people are new to (agile) software development, I have found that splitting stories can be a confusing and difficult exercise for many. Splitting (also synonymous with slicing) stories is the activity of dividing stories too big for effective development into new, smaller, stories.
Many good techniques and tips for splitting stories exist already (some linked to at the end of this post). Yet, I’d like to introduce a simple alternative to splitting stories, that doesn’t care about story formats, software development terms, and other jargon.
“The Five Ws (sometimes referred to as Five Ws and How, 5W1H, or Six…
A few days ago me and my wife bought a new bookshelf, which lead to an hour or so of reorganizing our books. During this hour of seeing all these great books we have, I got the idea of sharing some books I consider worthwhile for entrepreneurs and alike. This article is the result of that idea.
For the last decade we’ve learned how to build products the right way. That’s great. It’s now time to ask: are we building the right products?
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” — Peter Drucker
If I were to ask you how sure you are that you’re building the right product — or feature — right now, chances are that you’re quite confident. You’ve done your research, talked to customers, talked to your team, and know the technology.
But what if I tell you that one third of what we…
What’s a good day at the office for you?
In light of the all-new Things release, I thought I’d share my current process for todos, reminders and events; as a way to figure out if Things is for me.
Disclaimer: What follows is an unedited stream of my thoughts on todos.
But first, when and why have todo apps worked, or not, for me in the past?
When thinking about when I’ve successfully used todo apps in the past, the common nominator seem to be that I’ve had a lot of things to keep in mind. However, that’s not the norm for me. …
There are times when heavy post-mortem examinations and reports are the right thing to do. For example, I assume that Google’s post-mortem work after the recent email phishing campaign went pretty deep.
However, most of the time a more lightweight post-mortem examination and report may be quite a bit more appropriate and much less time-consuming.
When an incident has occurred, there are three things that should be discussed: 1) why it happened, 2) problem prevention and 3) time to fix.
First, gather the people that has an understanding about the incident and the know-how for improvement. Secondly, facilitate a discussion…
“Most personality conflicts at work arise from the fact that people do not know what other people are doing and how they do their work, or what contribution the other people are concentrating on and what results they expect. And the reason they do not know is that they have not asked and therefore not been told.” — Peter Drucker
In Managing Oneself, Peter Drucker argues that it’s each persons duty to take responsibility for relationships at work — and that it has two parts.
“The first is to accept the fact that other people are as much individuals as…
Innovation is a core characteristic of successful companies. That’s an establish idea by now — though the definition of what innovation means may vary.
In my experience, it’s also something that most companies take pride in supporting, and might include in a business plan or as a company value.
Nevertheless it seems not a lot of companies manage to actually innovate. This got me thinking, and writing, about why this is.
I believe innovation is crucial in all companies with a plan for long-lasting business — regardless of its sector.
For some companies the end might seem far away —…
I support companies in improving their product development capabilities; and reduce the gap between the potential value possible and the actual value realized.