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"People have forgotten this truth," the fox said. "But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Trust is like a paper - once it is crumbled it can't be perfect again.


The #NoEstimates debate: An unbiased look at the origins, arguments, and thought leaders behind the movement

Agile Practices

There are many points on which Zuill (who first blogged about completing a project sans estimates in 2012) and Kretzman (a strong critic of the #NoEstimates movement and a supporter of the continued use of estimates when effective) actually agree, giving both sides of the debate common ground on which[more …]

  1. pkretzman: Just to be clear: there are few (if any) points where Woody Zuill and I agree, except for possibly on…

There is no certification for #agile, like there is no certification for #democracy.

Harald Dietrich
About Becoming Better

About Becoming Better

Agile Personality

You don’t know when you will fail until you got there. Often it is quite easy to understand, when we have become better. We feel that we are successful in doing something. Problems are solved or procedures make sense to us. But, looking at the results does not really describe[more …]

A Dictionary of Agile Language

A Dictionary of Agile Language (updated)

Mind Agile

The importance of language is inevitable. Finding the right wording, which is expressing exactly what we want to say from a context point of view, but also from a emotional point of view. The agile development space is an area of application, where this comes true notably. We just need[more …]

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

T. S. Eliot

To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.

Lao Tzu

Out of sight, out of mind? 5 Virtual Team Building Activities

Team Works

65% of remote employees report that they never had a team building session. Having co-workers spread across two or more locations is becoming a model more and more organization will have to adapt to. Stop hesitating, but look for ways to cope with co-located colleagues in a better way. Here[more …]

  1. Chaitanya: I think it is very much important in team bonding of multiple countries located teams that to understand the cultural…

    • Harald Dietrich: You are so right! Culture always plays an important role. We must be facing differences in behavior when working co-located.…

Today I will do what others won't and tomorrow I can do things that others can't.

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.

Rollo May

Visualizing Product Development Work

Where is the Plan?

“Whenever you’re thinking high level, someone will bring you down to earth and ask you to get into the weeds. Whenever you’re in the weeds, someone will complain that you’re not being high level enough. It’s the burden we bear. Just when you think you’ve figured things out, you’ll encounter[more …]

Teams - the fundament for the agile way

Teams – the fundament for the agile way

Team Works

When we start to become more agile, we start to look at the mindset of people and how the collaborate. We are considering teams to be the fundament for growth and success. Conformity is no objective at all, contribution of individual talents to group is what we strive for. Where[more …]

In the marathon of life, there is no finish line.

Bill Courtney

John Kotter on why directors should embrace volatility

Lead Agile

“The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers… They change things. They push the human race forward.” “The world has seen enough appointed committees. Then there’s bureaucracy, rigid accountability, metrics that measure certain things that are relevant right now but discourage people from trying new things.” ~ John P. Kotter

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Mother Teresa

#NoEstimates: 6 Software Experts Give Their View on the Movement

Where is the Plan?

“In the Agile world, there’s an effort to move away from estimates in hours towards estimating in story points, often using a Fibonacci sequence. The idea is that the larger a story is, the more uncertainty there will be around it and the estimates will be more inaccurate. The approach[more …]

Free Agile! Library - Essential Reads

Free Agile! Essential Reads

Mind Agile

Everyone has different reading habits and preferred writing styles. Even though, it is remarkable, that for each of us it takes only a hand full of books, when it gets back to citations and argues on best practices and approaches. These books are our treasure chest. While the list of[more …]

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life... have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Steve Jobs

If you'd like to achieve something special, add diversity and bet on the unexpected.

Harald Dietrich

How to Tell Leaders They’re not as Great as They Think They Are

Lead Agile

There are really only two advantages to thinking that you’re better than you actually are. The first is when you’re attempting to do a difficult task. Believing that you can do something difficult is half the battle, but if you truly overrate your abilities, then by definition you will fail. The[more …]

You don't hire for skills, you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills.

Simon Sinek