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Learning Breakthroughs #2: Steering Committees

In agile environments, we don’t need steering committees. Steering committees are a dying species. They are part of an outdated governance structure which is not suitable any more for today’s fast paced product-oriented environments.    

In this video I tell the story about my relationship with steering committees and how I needed to unlearn using them as a governance tool.

Modern Functional Programming with Clojure

Clojure. That’s a modern functional programming language. Not only the people who just read the book the Unicorn project in which functional programming is discussed wonder about this language. Why is it that functional programming is becoming more and more interesting in the business world now.  I wondered what was behind this hype and therefore got together with my colleagues Ward and Naveen who helped me better understand Clojure. 

In this episode of ThoughtWorks tech talk we take a close look at Clojure. In our discussion we talked about the functional paradigm, look at immutability, why Clojure is thus well suited for parallel processing. 

We also take a look into actual Clojure code starting with a Hello World and closing with how  map-reduce looks like in Clojure How difficult is it to learn Clojure and what can help you to get started? 

Learning Breakthroughs #1: Risk Management

This learning breakthrough video is about how I found out what is really important about project risk management. After a short intro to risk management according to the project management institute (PMI), I tell the story how I managed risks on a large HR payroll outsourcing project. This led me to recognise that it is paramount to actually create and commit to actions derived from the risk log. Moreover, making conscious decisions, communicating these decisions and actions and involving your teams and stakeholders is important, as well.

Creativity Demystified – Lateral Thinking

Let’s say you have a difficult challenge and need some great, innovative ideas to get through this. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just snip with your fingers and there you have it, these great new ideas?

This video is about taking creativity from some mysterious magic to a (somehow) predictable process. I will introduce you to the work of Edward de Bono on Lateral Thinking. This helps us to understand better how our brain works and understand why we can become trapped in our own successful thinking.

With the help of a metaphor I will explain different methods on how break out of these thinking prisons. In the end I take these concepts and apply them to brainstorming and provide concrete tips and tricks how to conduct much better brainstorming sessions which will give you more and better ideas.

DAIMLER: Mit Agilen Methoden zur Digitalen Transformation

Gerade in der heutigen Zeit kommt es darauf an, schnell auf Veränderungen und neue Chancen reagieren zu können. Ein bewährtes Mittel hierzu ist ein agiles Mindset. Doch wo fängt man an? 

Nico Ackermann (Daimler), Sven Dittmer (Daimler) und ich haben in einem Webinar anhand des One Touch Retail Projekts (OTR) aufgezeigt, wie Daimler seine digitale Transformation vorantreibt und welche Paradigmenwechsel hierzu nötig sind.

Wir haben das Webinar aufgezeichnet und stellen es auf der ThoughtWorks Seite zur Verfügung.

Wir hatten mehre hundert Teilnehmer und haben sehr viel positives Feedback hierzu erhalten.

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Lean & Agile Portfolio Management

Traditional portfolio management does not work. Or, let’s say, at least „…any more“. I believe the traditional approach, i.e.
  • to plan a multiyear roadmap of projects, initiatives or actions
  • then apply for budget, get the approval and then to commit to the roadmap
  • then to implement the portfolio

has serious issues in today’s fast paced environment.

In this presentation I will explain my problems with the traditional approach and offer an alternative: Lean and agile portfolio management. For that we taken proven concept from agile software development and apply them to IT program and portfolio management.
I have successfully implemented this approach which allows a portfolio manager to more agile his/her portfolio of IT projects. Moreover, effort for overhead activities is reduced and the process to select potential project ideas becomes leaner.
At the end of the presentation I will also discuss challenges to implement this approach and ideas on how to move ahead.