Proceeding with my writing in more blog style on this page ...

9. May, 2021

Picture provided by Leadership First

So it is all about patience and long-term investments, do not expect direct consideration for any favor. Perfect match to the Mother's Day today, as mothers spend love, work and hope into their kids and do not expect anything in return, besides some respect.

I am a strong believer of sharing is caring and that any investment will come back to you sooner or later, in one way or another - so don't give up!! 🤩😎👍

Have a surprising and productive week next week.

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"If you want to be average, do what others do. If you want to be awesome, do what no one does." -- Alexander Den Heijer


8. May, 2021

Picture taken from Modern Agile homepage

"Modern Agile is a community for people interested in uncovering better ways of getting awesome results. It leverages wisdom from many industries, is principle driven and framework free." --Joshua Kerievsky, CEO, Industrial Logic

The statement above and the 4 principles have a lot in common with, what mothers are doing on a daily basis:

  • Make People Awesome -- the plan that mothers have for their kids anyway
  • Make Safety a Prerequisite -- the key motivation of parents, when they have kids 😉
  • Experiment & Learn Rapidly -- there are no training classes for parents, learn fast is key
  • Deliver Value Continuously -- for the kids and with the kids on a daily basis

Another one I have seen today is - There’s a New Kid on the Agile Block — FAST Agile. The article picture is referencing The Cynefin Framework: 

The central idea of the framework is to offer decision-makers a “sense of place” to view their perceptions in dealing with a situation or problem. Not all situations are equal, and this framework helps to define which response is required for a given situation or problem.

It is an excellent model to help categorise the situation and assists in setting out how we can approach these different situations, explaining the characteristics of each category to help us recognise and define the current situation.

There are so many decisons to be taken every day, when you are a mother, a father or parents. Good to have some helping hands and ideas. More to come ...

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"Being a mother is not a 'bug or penalty' in business, but a key-feature for future leadership and success" -- Eve Simon

Happy Mother's Day 🤩👍


7. May, 2021

Picture taken from the webinar hosted by Oxford Leadership - Force of Nature: What motherhood taught us about leadership of tomorrow - from yesterday evening

I am an engineer by studies and we guys prefer smart reuse over starting from scratch, what makes even more sense, when the development cycles are getting shorter and shorter. So "Steal with Pride", "Copy and Transfer" and "Rock your ideas" --> throw different components together, mix it, check the result, mix it again until a promising idea comes out. Great approach, especially when the room for really disruptive new ideas is limited, as in the current times.

Mother Day is coming up on Sunday. Having a mother, being the brother of two sisters with kids and being the father of three daughters, I do have some ideas about and insights into motherhood and, what it means today and has meant during the last 50 years. Only one argument to join the webinar yesterday. Another one was that I am always looking for new interesting topics. As you can see on the picture on the left for example.

After the webinar I did go out for a short walk, to have a little movement after a long day in home office, sitting at my desk for the most time. Fresh air and using some other muscles did bring me to the following idea 😉. Going beyond the webinar topic - What motherhood taught us about leadership of tomorrow - and looking for the overlaps between motherhood and an agile mindset.

Let's jump into the topic right a way and look into the Agile Manifesto as a starting point 🤔:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools --> learning by doing
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation --> get things done quickly
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation --> kids go first and know it
  • Responding to change over following a plan --> every day is a new day

Just a 1st quick check of commonalities between Motherhood and the Agile Manifesto. More similarities that quickly came to my mind during the walk yesterday:

  • Agile Scrum is proposed for complex environments, with a lot of unknowns and no previous experience - e.g. the time before the 1st kid is born
  • Mothers always connect the dots and loose ends, run iterations to improve, do regular reviews and retrospectives with friends and other mothers
  • They build communities of practice with women they connected to during the childbirth preparation class for example
  • When more kids arrive mothers start to run several workstreams in parallel with a lot of dependencies in between, kind of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • When you read the description of a Scrum Master in the Scrum Guide, you will find a lot of overlaps with the picture on the left - the attributes of mothers wordcloud
  • Agile 2! A second iteration of Agile that understands and seeks to address today’s challenges…. - brings Leadership back into the picture, what fits perfectly to the webinar topic from yesterday and is closing the circle for today 👍

More to come as this topic has a lot more potential ...

P.S.: Thanks a lot to Eve Simon for coming up with the motherhood and leadership thoughts and the webinar content, always a pleasure to participate in your journey. 


6. May, 2021

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6. May, 2021

"It doesn't matter when we start. It doesn't matter where we start. All that matters is that we start.

Confidence is believing you're good. Arrogance is believing you're better than anyone else. Leaders need to be confident, not arrogant.

Simon Sinek "