• Way of Working

    Prioritizing product features using the Kano model

    One of the challenges product teams encounter, is how to decide which features should be included in their products. Identifying the user needs, helps teams to focus on what a product should deliver to address a certain type of user. In time, teams develop many ideas on how to address these needs. The Kano model (proposed in the 80s by Noriaki Kano) offers a way to differentiate these features by focusing on customer satisfaction. This article provides an alternative approach using the Kano model to answer the question: “Which features should be included in the Minimum Viable Product (MVP)?” [button url=”https://brokenrhythm.blog/prioritizing-product-features-with-kano-model”  target=”_blank” size=”small” icon=”external-link”]Open Article[/button]  

  • Way of Working

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

    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 to build a continually better approach to the question that’s being begged: to estimate or not to estimate? Here’s what Malcolm Isaacs found in his search for the truth beyond the hashtag. [button url=”https://techbeacon.com/noestimates-debate-unbiased-look-origins-arguments-thought-leaders-behind-movement”  target=”_blank” size=”small” icon=”external-link”]Open Article[/button]

  • Social Behavior

    Against negative “otherizing” – TEDTalk by Elizabeth Lesser

    “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” ~Rumi A cite from the Persian poet Rumi are the closing words for an amazing TEDtalk by Elizabeth Lesser. She just had been talking ten minutes about one of the most fundamental challenges in our world – the problem of otherizing. And she has an idea. Others are people, who have a different understanding of a problem. They are our enemies, if it is about arguing in favor of convictions and objectives. It is part of our culture to demonize people, who are not following the common understanding. Societies tend to give the voice to…

  • [Article],  Personal Growth

    About Becoming Better

    About Becoming Better

    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 how we got there. Would we be able to reproduce the process and become better in other areas doing the same again? Obviously it would be great if we would know upfront what it takes exactly to become better, as we could plan for it much more efficiently. Reading many books, practicing things we have learned, literally taking any arbitrary…

  • Organization Design

    Ingredients for the Vital Organisation

    The Vital Organization

    A vital organization has its own #IDENTITY for growing an understanding of the purpose. A vital organization has objectives driven from a shared #VISION and the collective #MOTIVATION to get there A vital organization considers the possibilities from the #DEMAND, work in #TEAMS, and #BESTPRACTICES A vital organization is about the people and their #CONTRIBUTION, the way #COLLABORATION is working with them, their possibilities to foster #CREATIVITY, and the #SKILLS they develop to address the needs.

  • [Article],  Way of Working

    A Dictionary of Agile Language (updated)

    A Dictionary of Agile Language

    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 to recall, that we use language not for talking only – in our mind the same language is used already when we start thinking. Besides the central word agile itself, the community of agilists has created their own dictionary, where new terms have been selected, which helped to add a new meaning to the idea of agile development. Agile is…

  • Organization Design

    Stupidity or Information Overload

    The amount of information is growing tremendously day by day. Any kind of knowledge is encapsulated in articles, blog posts, status updates, or tweets. No one can believe that mankind is getting that smart that wisdom is being derived from that information overload – even not in the future. So what are the factors we consider when we need to take decisions? When we try to do our best to comfort others? Where is the know how we would like to consider? Just because someone tells, it cannot be taken for granted. Do we really consider the eligibility? Be careful how you consume information, how you gather knowledge, how you…

  • [Article],  Way of Working

    A Practical Journey to Communities of Practice

    Communities of Practice

    A while ago I have been asking the community at Agile Uprising for some hints on how to setup communities of practice. I felt like I would need some support. I had a rough idea what I would want to achieve by establishing communities, but I was lacking the idea how to get there. The attention to the request was really good and I received a lot of hints all around the topic. Anyhow, they left me with the feeling, that I would have to take action to run experiments. I had to learn and find out by myself how communities of practice would work best for me. I did…

  • Personal Growth

    Knowledge without Wisdom

    For many topics, we are facing an overexposure of information today. Too much information stresses us. It leads to wrong decisions. When do we ask ourselves if we need all of this information? What do we gain? Information fasting can help us to take a step back and observe what (missing) information is doing to us. One day or one week without laptop and phone can do wonder. Just processing information. Wisdom we have to extract for ourselves. It is the essence of information, which never can be told to us. Removing all the overhead by distilling ideas and come to conclusions is the challenge for each of us nowadays.

  • Leadership Skills

    How to Involve Your Team in Creating Vision and Strategy

    One of the biggest mistakes leaders make is thinking they are supposed to have all the answers, especially when it comes to vision. There is a natural desire to look like you are smart and know what you’re doing. But sometimes the smartest thing you can do is to involve your team in creating vision and strategy and invite them to think together about the future. You don’t need to have it all figured out before you talk about it. In fact, it’s better if you don’t. This amazing article from Seapoint Center gives eight guidelines to involve your team in creating vision and strategy. [button url=”https://seapointcenter.com/involve-your-team-in-creating-vision/”  target=”_blank” size=”small” icon=”external-link”]Open…

  • Way of Working

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

    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 are some virtual team building activities that make the seemingly impossible task of getting and keeping remote employees bonded and easier to reach. [button url=”https://www.teambonding.com/5-team-bondingtips-for-remote-employees/” target=”_blank” size=”small” icon=”external-link”]Open Article[/button]