Category: Books

  • Elephant, rider and path

    “Switch” addresses the question of why we experience change as hard, in person and in business. The book is entertaining, easy to read and educational.

  • Activity for Team-Building event: The one thing…

    The other week the team I’m working with as a Scrum Master had their first team event. We tried an activity that I found quite useful: The one thing I didn’t know about you before this meeting. Some of the team members know each other already from working together in former teams, others just joined […]

  • Gamestroming Retreat

    We need to collaborate more within our teams, with our managers and with our customers. Books like Gamestorming (David Gray) and Innovation Games (Luke Hohmann) or websites like and foster fresh practices for facilitating innovations when gathering in meetings or workshops with others. Last week-end I took part in a Gamestorming Retreat at The […]

  • Check-In Activity for Agile Retrospectives

    Fortunately retrospectives are already a standard at our company now. Not only our developers teams, but also our sales team, our team assistents and as of late also our management (surprisingly, the last.. :)) have regular retrospectives. Because it has become standard to have retrospectives there is also the chance of falling into a dull […]

  • Job or Joy & The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

    Some weeks ago I was asked to facilitate the warm-up for our management offsite. It was the first offsite for this group of people as there had been some changes in the management lately. I thought it would be a good idea to start with “Job or Joy” and then raise the participant’s awareness of […]

  • 6-3-5 brainwriting, 2020 Vision & NUF Test

    In the last weeks I facilitated three sessions for our Sales Team in which I mixed up or combined different creative methods: 6-3-5 brainwriting, 2020 Vision and NUF Test. The goal was to create different ranked lists with answers to the question “How can we increase our total revenue?” 6-3-5 brainwriting The 6-3-5 brainwriting was […]

  • Soft Agile Transition: Slowly from nowhere to Scrum

    Lean Thinking is what I’m trying to learn and adopt at the moment. What a perfect coincidence that I stumbled over Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum from Craig Larman and Bas Vodde. On page 54 they describe Kaizen, one of the crucial Lean Principles, as a plausible “inspect […]

  • 3 Retrospectives in 2 Days

    Last week I had retrospectives with three different agile teams within 2 days. I love retrospectives and a retrospective meeting is one of the first agile things I try to establish when I start working with a team. Every team needs to get used to the advantages of retrospectives though… The agenda for retrospectives always […]

  • Really listening

    At the moment I’m reading “Agile Coaching” from Rachel Davies & Liz Sedley. It strikes me, how much of the things they describe as the basics I’ve naturally done in the last years. Nevertheless one of the most important, easiest but also hardest things is to really listen to & to really pay attention to […]