On Agile Thinking and Respect

When Agile is introduced into an organization it completely changes the relationship between managers and staff. While traditional management models utilize the formal power of managers and compliance as the major tool to generate consistent behavior, Agile approaches emphasize self-organization and what the Organizational Development calls “Catalytic Leadership”. Though many team members new to Agile …

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Pimp up your meetings! – a move “Management Status Update” to Agile Peer Review.

I’m up in the North of Germany supporting a customer improve their Agile practices and their probability of getting a complex multi-platform product out into the market. I´m not allowed to say who they are, but let’s just say that they face a range of common challenges and that they plan to enter a competitive …

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The French Connection – a business model and prioritization workshop

Last week I had the pleasure of helping a client, IGO SAS, define their business model and prioritize their epics (high level features) for development, allowing them to be able to better explain to investors how they plan to spend “new” money to release value (and start making money for the investors). With the premission …

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Intrinsic Motivation – what is it and how do I get there? – part II

In my first blog on intrinsic motivation I talked about the self-determination theory: you need to satisfy the basic human needs for competence, relatedness and autonomy to be intrinsically motivated. In this blog I will introduce the Job Characteristic Model. Autonomy plays a key role in another model that focuses on motivating people through an optimal design …

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Intrinsic Motivation – what is it and how do I get there? – part I

I’m sure you’ve heard about intrinsic motivation. But what is it? And how can I facilitate it at work? Pierluigi talks in his blog about motivational coaching (not recommended) and trying to get intrinsic motivation instead. I will present some theories on motivation and how to apply them to facilitate motivation at work in the …

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