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Leveling Up in the Management Skill Tree

Posted on Jun 14, 2021

Leveling Up in the Management Skill Tree

Management is not something that you “just do intuitively” and it will work out by itself. Instead, management is a craft that you can - and should - learn. It’s about knowing the right tools and approaches and learning skills that help you to lead a productive, happy and motivated team. In this post, we visualize these skills as a “Skill Tree” like in a video game. Have look, it will be fun and insightful!

Establishing Development Standards with Tech Talks and a Team Guide

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

Establishing Development Standards with Tech Talks and a Team Guide

Especially in bigger teams, establishing and maintaining a common standard for software development is important and challenging. At the same time, it’s crucial to involve the whole team in the creation of the standard to ensure its acceptance and high quality. In this post, I present our approach for this: The regular meeting “Tech Talk” and the team guide.

Team Manager's Toolkit for 1-on-1s

Posted on Dec 7, 2020

Team Manager's Toolkit for 1-on-1s

1-1s are the most important tool for every team manager. If done right, 1-1s can support the report to grow and to develop, to become and stay happy, motivated, and productive. However, you need a certain toolkit for 1-1s. This toolkit contains different 1-1 types, records, questions, personal notes, journey maps, and software that can be applied in practice.

More Uninterrupted Time At Work for You and Your Organization

Posted on Jul 30, 2020

More Uninterrupted Time At Work for You and Your Organization

During Corona time and short-time work, I appreciated the uninterrupted time to focus on my work at the home office. I felt productive and got things done. For the post-corona time, we can learn from this and establish practices that allow all coworkers to have longer stretches of uninterrupted time. This post is a collection of individual, organizational and cultural approaches to achieve this.

The Wall of Coding Wisdoms in Our Office

Posted on Feb 20, 2020

The Wall of Coding Wisdoms in Our Office

There are some principles in software development that I always try to keep in mind. They guide me when I’m in danger of heading in the wrong direction. That’s why I printed those principles and hung them on a wall in our office. In this post, I share this subjective set of quotes with you. There is also a PDF for download available.

Improving Feedback Flows in Organizations with 'Complete Peer Feedback'

Posted on Feb 5, 2020

Improving Feedback Flows in Organizations with 'Complete Peer Feedback'

Traditional hierarchy-based feedback flows are limited as they don’t consider the useful feedback of peers. To improve this, I suggest a “Complete Peer Feedback” session: All team members come together and share their appreciation and growth potential for their peers. In this post, I present our experiences with this approach, why we are enthusiastic about it and how you can adopt it.

Effective Staff Appraisals with Employee Journey Maps

Posted on Nov 19, 2019

Effective Staff Appraisals with Employee Journey Maps

Employee journey maps are a tool for preparing and structuring staff appraisals. They trigger reflection processes and reveal the employee’s motivation. Moreover, they can lead to interesting insights as they compare the different perceptions of the participants. And the best is: You only need two sheets of paper and a pencil.

How to Motivate a Team of Software Developers

Posted on Jan 7, 2019

How to Motivate a Team of Software Developers

Motivation leads to higher performance and satisfaction in the job. But how can we motivate a team of software developers? Sadly, there are common misconceptions about motivation that do more harm than good. Fortunately, science has already discovered the motivators that work: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. This post presents these three pillars of motivation and concrete actions to implement them in software development environments.

Code Review Guidelines for Humans

Posted on Jul 31, 2018

Code Review Guidelines for Humans

Code reviews are powerful means to improve the code quality, establish best practices and to spread knowledge. However, code reviews can come to nothing or harm interpersonal relations when they are done wrong. Hence, it’s important to pay attention to the human aspects of code reviews. Code reviews require a certain mindset and phrasing techniques to be successful. This post provides both the author and the reviewer with a compass for navigating through a constructive, effective and respectful code review.

Convincing Your Management to Introduce Kotlin

Posted on May 29, 2018

Convincing Your Management to Introduce Kotlin

“Kotlin is great and I really want to use it. But how can I convince my management?” This is the most frequent question I get asked after a talk. In this post, I explain how we introduced Kotlin and show arguments, strategies and tricks that can increase your chances of success. I keep the fingers crossed for you!