Why are projects no longer working in our product development organizations today? And why did they work for such a long time? . There are certainly many reasons for this, but in my opinion these can be traced back to one main cause: Today’s development organizations usually work not only at the limit, but […]
Update 3/22/2020: A new study documents the negative effects of performance evaluations and finds an antidote. Benefits of subordinate’s feedback: A field experiment of the University of Cambride and the Ohio State University, shows that subordinate’s criticism makes managers more creative! Every year again, the phase of setting personal objectives comes. Because of to the […]
The new way of organizing and working according to lightweight and flow-oriented principles has led to a rethinking in many organizations and in many individuals. However, there are still some misconceptions, especially with the term “agile management”.
One critcal question when starting with Scrum often is: “What can we change in Scrum to better fit our organizational structure needs?” It is for sure far simpler to modify the rules of Scrum than to change behaviour within the organization, but this will always foster the classical structures and won’t lead to a change […]
Task forces have been established as a fire-fighting measure in project management when projects are in trouble or are seriously delayed. Usually they occur relatively late in the project, when nothing else worked. Interestingly, they usually work relatively well, as they are given the highest priority. Also, leaders of task forces are often celebrated as […]
Meanwhile, in the world of lean and agile, there are many frameworks, as well as collections of practices and methods, all of which seem to be very different, but have similar or even equal values. In part, they even describe the same things but name them differently. Unfortunately, this creates a lot of confusion for […]
Hypothesis is a term and concept used by Eric Ries’ Lean Startup. The idea behind it is that the organization confirms or disproves one or more (business) assumptions as quickly as possible. Quote from Eric Ries on 4 common misconceptions about lean startup: “I have the idea of fail almost. It’s like I’m trying to […]
How does deadline pressure affect the quality of results? I often experience project teams being formed with the goal of developing innovative new ideas and technologies under pressure. In order to give the team a sense of urgency and to get results as soon as possible, management sets tight time limits.
The good thing is that prisoners can quit! The bad thing is that today the feudal lords mostly don’t have fools who tell them the unvarnished truth. [Artwork: Creators of the Chronicle of Bishop Otto of Freising; Photo: AndreasPraefcke [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons]
The organizing of knowledge work and knowleddge workers is a big challenge in today’s complex and fast-changing work environment. But what is actually knowledge work actually? According to Peter F. Drucker, the 20th century management pope, knowledge work is defined as “work where the worker has to think”. Thus, these are “workers who are not […]