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

21. Nov, 2022

More Michael Bungay Stanier (MBS) videos at

Had a great Team Building workshop today, even with some missing participants due to illness and a required agenda change, we did manage the whole program in time. Everybody was happy and we will do it again shortly :-)

20. Nov, 2022

Picture provided by Sketchplanations

The issue that the key positions in companies, may it be skill or knowledge wise, are single staffed is a general one. As hope is no real strategy you are always running the risk of loosing critical expertise by the "Bus Factor".

It is better to be prepared and simulate different scenarios, what would we do if the critical resource is not available anymore, on a regular basis. Could also be a strategy to make smart decisions to improve processes that are running already for a very long period of time. "We have always done it this way", does not work anymore after any "Bus accident". An emergency plan can also help to improve the status quo, give it a try 🤔.

Be smart, be flexible, be open for change - the sooner the better 😎.

Tomorrow I will host another Team Building workshop, this time a reduced version to just 3 hours. Always good to have a concept and content for a full day, makes it easier to reduce it to a shorter period of time. One of the get to know each other activities will be a 3 picture exercise. Every participant had to deliver three pictures upfront that describe them pretty well. The other team members have to guess who is who. When the riddle is solved the picture owners will explain, why they selected the pictures. A great entry exercise to create a first level of trust and common understanding 👍.  

“Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it. Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.” – David Ogilvy, Advertising Mogul taken from 61 Best Team Building Quotes for Bonding at Work in 2022

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19. Nov, 2022

Pictures provided by Management 3.0 and Art of Poets

Business Value results from the intersection of three dimensions

  1. What you can implement successfully and sustainably
  2. What your customers want and will buy (even if they don’t know it yet)
  3. What your team is excited about creating

In the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) the usage and evaluation of a business value is a hot topic. Customers are only interested in solutions that help to make progress or to get better. And the Teams see reaching or exceeding the previously estimated/agreed business value as recognition and appreciation of their work.

Knowing this, assume that several teams are working together to finish a new customer solution? Some are in the frontline with full visibility and a lot are in the background preparing and enabling subsequent steps. Giving business value only for the visible steps would make no difference from a customer perspective, but could impact the motivation and delivery of the background teams a lot. No preparation work and enablement, no final solution for the customer. Managing dependencies and expectations is the key to success. 

We are currently evaluating different ideas, how to approach this dilemma, but did not come to a final conclusion yet 🤔. Still checking the pros and cons. One simple solution could be to change the name just to value and allow the awarding at all levels 😎, we will see.

  • Always remember this: Trust the process
  • Eat a Frog Every Morning
  • Agility Scales Is Dead. Long Live The unFIX Company


18. Nov, 2022

Picture by Antonio Grasso --

Visualizing the World’s Top Social Media and Messaging Apps

Seth's Blog: Some thoughts on Mastodon


Du verfehlst 100 Prozent der Torschüsse, die du nicht machst (only in German)

Have a great weekend ...

17. Nov, 2022

Picture provided by TeacherGoals

Just checked all my Blog posts back until the start on 04-Jul-16 to see, if I used the headline from today before. I did not.

As I do not believe in coincidences it must be somehow destiny and I had two examples today:

  1. With a colleague I did discuss about asking good questions to get even better answers, and one hour later I found this article - NEVER ANSWER THE QUESTION YOU’RE ASKED UNTIL YOU DO 3 THINGS - from Dan Rockwell
  2. I did cut down a tree in the garden last weekend and wanted to take out all roots as well. Hard work and not really successful in the end, but my back is still hurting from the unfamiliar workout 😎. So I informed my table tennis coach that I will not be joining the training today and found the following TED Talk - 5 things you should know about back pain - some minutes later in my Inbox. Interesting 🤔.

No coincidence or destiny: I met a friend yesterday evening for dinner and we had a discussion about one of my goals to become the "Feelgood Manager" at work. When I am feeling good everybody around me is feeling good as well. Maybe not the definition by the book, but who cares. Anyway, this morning I had a URL in my messenger, a company that is offering a Feelgood Manager education path. Thanks to my friend 👍.

Some more interesting material to look at:

  • TED Talk: How I became an entrepreneur at 66
  • The 4 levels of listening by Otto Scharmer
  • TED Talk: You have no idea where camels really come from
  • Animation: Berkshire Hathaway’s Holdings Since 1994
  • Which One of You Will Show Up Today?
  • Creativity: Jane Kenyon’s Wise Words to Live By (Sketchnote)
  • S.O.S. Slower, Older and Smarter. Dedicated to all my senior friends. It’s time to slow down and enjoy the rest of the trip.

2 Simon Sinek quotes to close for today:

  1. There's a difference between working together and working on the same team.
  2. Directions are instructions given to explain HOW. Direction is a vision offered to explain WHY.

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