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A Typical Conversation on Twitter

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:58
mouths

writer: “I believe that A is true.”

reader: That’s stupid. Everyone knows that A’ is true.”
writer: “I wasn’t referring to A’. I was talking about A.”

reader: There’s nothing wrong with A’.”

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Categories: Project Management

Try to Be 50% Wrong from Both Sides

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:06
50% Wrong

When extremists on both sides claim that you’re 50% wrong, you can feel confident that you’re probably right where you should be.

Vegetables are healthy, but I’ve never heard someone suggest that eating only vegetables is a wise approach to long-term health

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Categories: Project Management

My Best Diagram Ever: the Celebration Grid

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:59
Celebration Grid

At the Spark the Change conference in London, someone tweeted, “This one slide was worth the ticket price!” which was then retweeted more than 30 times. I got similar great comments from people in my workshops. And yes, I agree. My celebration grid might be the best model I ever created. It is based on the work by Donald Reinertsen, but I tried to visualize what he said in many more words.

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Categories: Project Management

Three Ways to Run (Your Business)

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:37
Three Ways to Run

I’ve learned that there are three approaches to running (your business).

The first is to create goals for yourself, maybe with a training (change) program. You start running and try to run 5 km. When the pain doesn’t kill you, you could set yourself a target for next time: 6 km. And if you survive that ordeal then maybe next time you can run 7 km. This goes on and on until either you run a marathon, or you never run again because of the shin splints, wrecked knees, and the terrible pain in your back.

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Categories: Project Management

Are You Going to ALE 2014?

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 15:57
ALE 2014

Did you know ALE is the only event where I pay so that I can attend?
I hope to see you in August in KrakĂłw.

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Categories: Project Management

Book Tour Schedule 2014

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:21
Book Tour 2014

Last week was Sweden-week in the Management 3.0 Book Tour, with workshops in Stockholm and Gothenburg. (Check out the videos!)

This week is Germany-Week, where I am visiting Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin.

We have a lot of other countries on the list as well. Check out the complete schedule until December. Registration will open soon! (Sorry, no other countries will be added at this time

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Categories: Project Management

Run! Jurgen, Run!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 15:03

I tried running, and it didn’t work. I suffered from shin splints. No matter what kind of shoes I wore, what stretching exercises I did, or how far I ran, it usually ended up with a sharp stinging pain in my shins. Not good.

I tried Pilates and yoga exercises, and they also didn’t work. It wasn’t the pain this time that made me stop, but a severe lack of motivation to roll out the mat and thrust my skinny legs up in the air. It was so boring. Not good.

I tried swimming, and it didn’t work either. Driving up and down to the local swimming pool cost me far too much time, and I noticed that swimming pools are difficult to carry around when I’m traveling. Not good.

Still, I want to do something in order to improve my health.

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Categories: Project Management

Agile Is Not Dead (But Some Organizations Might Be Soon)

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:51
Agile Is Not Dead

The concept of agility is fine. Agile is not dead. But organizations misapplying good agile practices might be very soon.

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Categories: Project Management

Experimenting with Better Workshops

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 17:43
Workshop Experiments

The first two workshops were a bit scary! (Well, for me they were.) As a facilitator, I’m trying many things for the first time. Some things work, some things don’t. That’s a good thing. The idea of exploration is, when half of the experiments fail, you’re learning as fast as possible.

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Categories: Project Management

Read a Book! Or Two.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:08
Read a Book

I started running. Again.

But unlike previous (failed) attempts, this time, I want to do it right. This time, I intend to learn. That’s why I recently read The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. Instead of just going for a run whenever I feel in the mood (which is almost never), I wanted to understand how to really make running part of my daily habits. Thanks to the book, I understand what to do now. My next challenge is to look for inspiration on why to keep running, which is the reason I’m reading Eat and Run. The next book on my list is the brilliantly titled Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel.

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Categories: Project Management

Flexible Work Areas Should Be Enjoyable Work Areas

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 15:52
flexible-work-areas

In Brussels, I have my favorite coffee house (Karsmakers) and my favorite chair (the big one on the right). Sadly, I cannot always have it. Sometimes, there’s someone else sitting in my chair. When this happens, I usually pick another spot in the cafĂ© with a clear view on my chair; I give the people in my chair the evil eye whenever they glance in my direction; and when they get up to leave, I immediately jump up to claim my chair and I scatter my belongings all around it. If I were a dog, I might pee against the plant standing beside it.

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Categories: Project Management