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Really, Can You Be Agile and Not Disciplined?

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:00
Agility versus Discipline

Last week, it happened again. On Facebook I posted a screenshot of the huge checklist that I use as a quality assurance gate for my book chapters. Some people commented that this looked quite disciplined.

Frankly speaking, I don’t see what’s so special about my discipline. If you want to be agile you have to be disciplined!

I don’t see how it can be any different.

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Categories: Project Management

Hanging Out

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:21
Hanging out...

This week I spent more time hangout out with people, which means less time is available for my blog. Sorry about that! (Also, I have a book to finish…)

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Categories: Project Management

Help Me Promote My New FREE Book!

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:00
Stoos Sparks

The PDF version of my new book will be free. Soon!
Now that the writing of my third book is nearing completed (estimated release date of the free PDF version: 3rd week of May) it seems I will have some more time to talk about it.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will appear in a Stoos Sparks webinar episode, to discuss remote collaboration, together with Dawna Jones, Lisette Sutherland and Elinor Slomba

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Categories: Project Management

You Make It Happen (I Go Where People Send Me)

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 08:59
management-workout-header-2

I don’t decide which countries I go to. You do.

My new one-day workshop follows an important principle:
I go where people send me.
Selecting countries and cities
Every week I get questions such as “Will your book tour come to Argentina?” “When will you visit China?” and “Why are you not planning for Norway?”

And every time my answer is the same: I go where people send me. The backlog of countries is based on the readers of my mailing list

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Categories: Project Management

Workshop Management 3.0

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:52
Workshop Management 3.0

The approach to organizing my new one-day workshops is a bit weird, I admit. That’s because I don’t care about doing things the “normal” way. What I care about is exploring new ways to organize events. What I also care about is practicing what I preach in terms of modern management practices.

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Categories: Project Management

Management 3.0 Workout: One-Day Workshop (Part 1)

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:37
One-Day Workshop Part 1

While I am frantically working to finish my new book (with three copy editors and fifty proof readers) I’m also developing ideas for the new one-day workshop that is part of the global book tour.

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Categories: Project Management

Personal Branding

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:27
Personal Brand

I call myself a Creative Networker. It is the most accurate and succinct description I could think of that wraps all the projects I am involved in. My business cards and personal website explain that I’m a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, and freethinker. (I seem to have forgotten bragger in that list.) If I had to summarize my personal brand with three words I would choose creative, smart, and funny. But I would easily agree that brands are better defined by their observers, not by their owners. My readers might prefer to describe me as weird, blunt, and smug. It is all in the eye of the beholder.

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Categories: Project Management

No Discount for Charity

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 16:14
Management 3.0 Workout

This week I was asked if I offer a discount for charity organizations for my new one-day workshops.

I said, “No”.

I don’t believe in discounts for charity for various reasons. But I’m also sure some people will hate me for saying “No” when I don’t offer a good explanation. “Jurgen is such a bad selfish person! Boo!” Well, yes that’s true. But let me offer you my thoughts.

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Categories: Project Management

The Problem with Career Ladders

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:18
Career Ladders

I once had a small disagreement with the HR manager of an organization where I worked. She showed me the suggested career paths that software developers could have in our organization. To my horror I saw, if I remember well, that Software Testers could become Software Developers (the other way around was not expected), Software Developers might become Project Managers (not the other way around), and Project Managers could become Business Unit Managers (again, not the other way around). And, as could be expected from a hierarchically oriented organization, all the roads ultimately led to the Pope in Rome. Or, in our case, one top management position, which was theoretically possible, but practically unavailable.

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Categories: Project Management

USA and Poland, Where Do I Go?

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 15:17
United States

I have selected the USA and Poland as the next countries from the backlog for my global book tour. This means I am now waiting for your input on the best cities to travel to, for my brand new and exclusive one-day workshop.

Finland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, and Bulgaria are already scheduled, and I’m happy to say that registrations are steadily trickling into my mailbox. But I can only schedule USA and Poland when you tell me which cities and venues to try!

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Categories: Project Management

How to Pick a Book Title (in 7 Steps)

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 20:56
How to Pick a Book Title

My third book is almost Done.

The working title for my new book was always Management Workout. I like it, because the metaphor of workout exercises for management in healthy organizations fits very well with the content. However, with the book nearly finished it was time for a definitive book title.

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Categories: Project Management

The Problem with Job Titles

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:26
Problems with Job Titles

The European Commission has, at the time I’m writing this, a “team” of 28 Commissioners. One of them has the title of President, and no less than eight of the others have been bestowed the title of Vice-President. (Eight Vice‑Presidents?) And then there is the European Parliament, with its own President, and a European Council, also with its own President. It’s no wonder the European Union has trouble making decisions, having as many heads as the Lernaean Hydra.

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Categories: Project Management

Working Software from Spotify over Comprehensive Documentation about Spotify

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 21:21
spotify-85

I have the habit of going for a walk every day, for about an hour, developing new ideas while listening to tacky music. To accompany me on those walks I have a Google Nexus phone with a Spotify app, several downloaded playlists, and nice Bowers & Wilkins headphones.

This is my report of what happened yesterday:

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Categories: Project Management

About Happy Melly

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 18:35
Melly-Shum-hates-her-job.jpg

Again and again researchers confirm that most people don’t like their jobs. About two-thirds of employees in the world are unhappy about their work, and they feel unengaged about their organizations.

Can we change this?

Can we do better?

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Categories: Project Management

Work-Life Integration Is Not a Goal

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 14:15
Work-Life Integration

Recently someone told me that “work-life integration” is not desirable for most people because, as he repeated to me, nobody has ever said on their deathbeds, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.”

I see two problems with this view.

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Categories: Project Management

How to Market a Self-Published Book

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:06
How to Market a Self-Published Book

Now that I’ve almost finished writing my third book I want to learn everything there is to know about publishing and marketing books. And more particularly, I want to know the answer to the question, “How to Market a Self-Published Book?”

The solution is very simple.

Read!

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Categories: Project Management

How to Say No (and Sometimes Yes)

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:02
How to Say No

There are many things I do badly, or not at all. Exercise is one of them. And cooking. And dealing with badly formulated criticism. But there’s one thing I’ve learned to do well in the last few years.

I can say “No” easily.

I am bombarded with requests every day. Which is awesome! I cherish all the attention people are willing to give me. But there’s only so much I can do, which means I have to make difficult choices. I’m sure you know the feeling!

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Categories: Project Management

“You Should Use Another Tool”

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 12:39
Use Another Tool

When I utter a minor annoyance about Excel on Twitter, half a dozen people tell me I “should” use some spreadsheet software in the cloud, and never any Microsoft stuff.

When I vent my frustration about Spotify, there are bound to be some followers who tell me I “should” use Pandora, Google Play, or some other competitor.

When I tell people my Nexus phone has an issue, there are ALWAYS smug Apple fanboys telling me I “should” use the amazing Apple stuff, not a crappy Android phone.

All these people seem to make the assumption that I am either too ignorant or too lazy to pick the tool that’s best for me. Apparently, in their eyes, I haven’t yet figured out which is “the best choice”.

But I’m not stupid, and I’m not lazy.

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Categories: Project Management

Are You Agile When You’re Going Fast?

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 12:19
Are You Agile When You're Going Fast

Last year I was in a discussion with the CEO and a dozen top managers of a mobile apps developer in Shanghai, China. The company was very successful and was trying to be more agile, but also struggling with their rapid growth at the same time. The managers told me their interpretation of being agile was to deliver new software faster to their customers.

I disagreed.

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Categories: Project Management

Improvise and Catalyze

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 12:51
Improvisational Theatre

Now that we know our positive inquiry into an organization is best initiated with powerful questions, it is useful to learn a bit more about developing and catalyzing our dialogues. A great analogy for storytelling in working environments is Improvisational Theatre (or Improv for short). It is a form of theatre where little or nothing is planned ahead, and every performer on stage works with whatever is created at the moment.

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Categories: Project Management