/now and 2021

Long time no see. Last year and COVID19 was quite a ride so far. As I focused in 2020 more about myself, I was not able to write blogposts like I intended to. At the end of last year finally the print version of the latest book by Derek Sivers “Hell yeah or no” arrived, … More /now and 2021

My Personal Impressions and Views of the 3rd Edition #MTPEngage in Hamburg 2019

My personal experiences and highlights of #MTPEngage I’d like to write down and share my thoughts about the 3rd edition of #MTPEngage in Hamburg. The conference itself was split into three days of learning and inspiration: May 22nd Leadership day (by invitation only) + movie documentary May 23rd Workshop day + product blind dinners May … More My Personal Impressions and Views of the 3rd Edition #MTPEngage in Hamburg 2019

Focus on Learning, Context and Empowerment

Why learning is so important? The biggest waste in software development: building the wrong thing! Marty Cagan was right: half of the time or 50% the product manager is wrong with his ideas. It’s not about keeping everybody busy, it’s learning what’s the right thing. Focus your attention on that. The Proven Learning Process Learning … More Focus on Learning, Context and Empowerment

Roadmaps, Expectations and Empowerment

TL;TR Use roadmaps to discuss scope as objectives and outcomes you’d like to achieve. Don’t use roadmaps to write down features or track output. Work with themes: problems, needs and objectives. Don’t use dates in roadmaps. Use features and experiements as possible customer solutions and only track them in a plan, if really needed. Empower … More Roadmaps, Expectations and Empowerment

Agile in Large Enterprises aka Comments about “The Revenge of the PMO” by @cagan

I’m a huge fan of agile methods, values, principles and processes. This week I’ve read a great article of Marty Cagan backed by Jeff Patton, Ron Jeffries and Ken Schwaber which I need to share and comment, because it resonates that much with my experiences of working in a large enterprise. I just published an … More Agile in Large Enterprises aka Comments about “The Revenge of the PMO” by @cagan

Webinar with Biggerplate about “Mind Mapping the Product Owners Overview”

Today, I was thankful and happy to volunteer for a business club webinar at Biggerplate about “Mind Mapping the Product Owners Overview”. The webinar was hosted by Liam Hughes who is an expert in mind mapping tools and shares the same passion in mindmapping like I do. Liam contacted me some weeks ago due my … More Webinar with Biggerplate about “Mind Mapping the Product Owners Overview”

The Product Owner Overview as an Ultimative Mindmap

Since the last presentation at the German developer day in Frankfurt, I shared some learnings about having a common understanding for agile transitions. This lead me to the idea to write down an overview and understanding of the role of product owners. I’ve read so much and work so long in this role, that the … More The Product Owner Overview as an Ultimative Mindmap

An Agile Transition is not iterative software development with Scrum

One of my learnings in software development and people are the interpretation of agile at all. Everybody has its own definition and meaning of agility which makes it hard to understand what really is wanted and needed as a common minimal dominator between senior management and employees. The Agile Onion Due to our presentation at … More An Agile Transition is not iterative software development with Scrum

Anti Pattern at #Agile Transitions #etffm18

Finnaly, Frank, Marcus, Stefan and me had our presentation at the German developer day in Frankfurt about “Anti Pattern and agile Transitions”. Unfortunately the presentation is in German only, but I will write more about it due to the learnings we’d like to share. The presentation is heavy on text TL;TR – anyhow, enjoy reading. … More Anti Pattern at #Agile Transitions #etffm18

Seven Hypothesis of German Tech Culture and Challenging the Status Quo

This week I had several discussions and hypothesis about German tech culture and pioneering, which make me to write them down on my Sunday thoughts for further discussion. Those thoughts are around now for many years now and is nothing really new. Why German tech companies need a change? The scale of tech winners by @BenedictEvans … More Seven Hypothesis of German Tech Culture and Challenging the Status Quo