Isn’t Scrum not about doing daily standups?

Yeah right… and Management 3.0 is only about Kudo Cards and the game Moving Motivators?

I don’t know if you know Scrum? Scrum is a framework that makes it easier to deal with complex projects. It is based on three very important principles: inspect, adapt and being transparent. Every serious scrum master would shiver when you would say: “Scrum is just about doing daily stand-ups.” The daily stand-ups is just a practice, a practice that supports inspect, adapt and being transparent.

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My tools and materials

This is probably my last post of 2016. In total I wrote 12 blogpost so far. Explaining Management 3.0, trying to explain why I don’t want to implement the Spotify model but also describing how to create an auto-reply script in GMail.

Let’s close the year with just a small and easy to read blog. Some of my friends work in construction, they have a van fully loaded with tools and materials. Every year we participate in the local carnaval parade, we build a small carriage. Having friends with a van full of tools and materials is very handy 🙂

I don’t have a van but everywhere I go, I take my rucksack with me. The rucksack contains my tools and materials.

So which tools and materials do I drag with me all over the world?

  1. I love my ASUS Zenbook UX305CA with Windows 10, it is fast, doesn’t weigh much and is a slim model. As good or maybe better than the Macbook Air 😉
  2. In-Earphone AKG K330, I use them when I really don’t want to be disturbed or when in the airplane
  3. Stereo earphones with hands free microphone and multifunction button that came with my Nexus 5x
  4. PUGZ earphones (leaking) with microphone. I love them they are wireless and can be charged via your phone. You can connect the earphones also to two devices, so in my case to my phone and laptop
  5.  My Nexus 7 (2013) tablet, great device for when you are on the road and want to do some emails or just watch a movie
  6. With the Zenbook comes of course also an adapter 🙂
  7. Business cards, although I immediately connect on LinkedIn, scan the received card into Evernote. But it feels nice to be able to give something
  8. World famous in the Netherlands, the dopper. A water bottle
  9. Rabo Scanner, gives access to the secure environment of Rabobank
  10. Two USB sticks, still need them to transfer files when there is no Wifi
  11. Mini HDMI to HDMI, my laptop has a mini HDMI…. love it… so many different standards
  12. HDMI to VGA
  13. Logitech wireless presenter R400, a must when you do workshops or talks at conferences
  14. Logitech Keyboard K810, again a great device. You can connect it to three devices, and switch very easily to another device
  15. A first aid set, I have a first aid certificate and I always have basic first aid with me
  16. Pens and pencils, a small marker and some pens
  17. Paracetamol, just in case I need them. Thank god I don’t need them often.
  18. Chewing gum, not sure why… I never eat chewing gum 🙂
  19. Small can of deodorant, just happy that I have it with me sometimes
  20. Tissues, I regular spoil coffee 😉
  21. Logitech Performance mouse MX, yep I also came to that conclusion. I like Logitech stuff. Wireless mouse and also to charge via USB. Furthermore, it fits my big hands 🙂
  22. Jabra Speak 510, I often have virtual meeting also with multiple people. Unfortunately, I still see many meeting rooms with bad equipment. The Jabra speak 510 has a very good quality, and also the price is good
  23. A HDMI mini HDMI cable… just hoping that most projectors nowadays have a HDMI connection
  24. I know myself… so that is why I keep my passport in my rucksack… so I always have my passport with me when I travel for business. So far I never forgot my passport
  25. Whiteboard markers… just do me one pleasure. Next time you have a whiteboard marker that doesn’t work, throw it away immediately
  26. An adapter from HDMI to VGA, the small connector doesn’t work always. This small box works perfectly and saved already a few times my facilitators-life
  27. Notebook, I always make my notes on paper. I tried to do it digital, doesn’t work for me. After the meeting I do scan all my notes, ask me about a meeting and I will lookup the handwritten notes in Evernote
  28. Two plugs to charge my devices
  29. A small powerpack with cable to make sure my phone can survive the day when I am travelling
  30. Three USB cables, two USB-micro and one USB-C… all those different connectors…
  31. An access card of an old project of many years ago… just a nice memory, I still need to return it but they already moved to a new building
  32. Two set of Moving motivators cards, I assume I don’t need to explain why…
  33. Two set of Delegation Poker cards, I assume I don’t need to explain why…
  34. As last one, some flyers and brochures to promote Management 3.0 workshops


That is it… so next time you see me dragging around that rucksack you know what is in it.

How do you create pain? – How to get change started

I live in The Netherlands in a small village a couple of kilometers from the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. When you grow up in The Netherlands, you most probably will have learned to ride a bike, because it is very convenient to know how to ride a bike here: a flat country with bike lanes everywhere . Additionally, when you live in a small village, it is also very convenient when you know how to drive a car. Most villages only have just a small supermarket and the connection to public transport is simply not that great.

My girlfriend is not from The Netherlands. She joined me quite recently and she quickly realized that it is important to be able to ride a bike to get around, to refresh her driving skills, to learn Dutch, to build up social relations, to get to know your way around: a lot of things she needs to adapt to quickly.

At this moment she just focuses on one thing… refreshing her driving skills. She knows all the things mentioned above are important, but commuting daily via public transport for almost four hours “hurts” the most. Therefore, she gives priority to something that is important and urgent because it pains her the most.

It is the same in organizations. If it doesn’t hurt, you won’t change. – (c) familymwr494

Many of you will have been participating in some kind of transformation program, will have worked as a change agent, or maybe you were involved in some kind of important project. It probably often happened that resources were not available as you would like, or that other people didn’t cooperate as you would like. When you asked management or other team members: is this project important? They all will have said: Yes, very important because… whatever. But if you would have asked does it hurt somewhere because this project is not progressing as expected, they probably would have said: “uh… now… you know… well… uh…”

In his book Leading Change, Kotler describes eight steps for managing change. The first, and one of the most important steps, is to create a sense of urgency. He describes nine ways to create an urgency level. The first and most powerful one is to create a crisis by allowing a financial loss, exposing managers to major weaknesses vis-à-vis competitors, or by allowing errors to blow up instead of being corrected at the last minute. The reason this one is so powerful is because it hurts. There is money involved. Now, as one of my friends always says: “Never waste a good crisis”.

ADKAR is a method created by Prosci. They researched organizational change, and believe that change is a cumulative product of the personal change journeys of each individual within the organization. The first condition, the A, that you need to experience is: Awareness of the need for change. The second condition is D: Desire to participate in and support the change. The desire represents again the pain that you have of the current situation. If there is no desired change, then you won’t change although you are aware you need to change. According to Prosci, if any of these five conditions are weak, the change will stall and fail.

Creating urgency is good, making sure that people realize the project is important is good. However, when people or organizations feel pain because a project is not done, it is one of the best motivators to start change or a project.

How do you create pain to realize a change in your organization?

“Respect” is not a team value


Last year, I wrote a blog about how teams can discover their team values. This year, I helped several customers to improve their way of working with distributed teams or got them started working in a distributed environment. This again included the discovery of the team values. Having team values, talking about team values and making them visual are all important activities to grow your team culture. You can’t decide on team culture or assign a culture to a team.

Now when I work with teams to discuss values, there are some values that get mentioned a lot – values such as trust, respect, etc. When a team asks me how many team values they can have, I always tell them as many as they want. Just look at Big Value List of Management 3.0 to get inspired. I believe, however, that it will be difficult to work with 42 values… so most teams end up with 4 to 7 values and trust, respect, etc. are often part of those values.

Then again, it always makes me wonder… please note that I don’t want a team to skip those values, but on the other hand… they are so basic: should you really mention them?

Last week, I read about “The Five Universal Values” by Rushworth Kidder. According to Rushworth the five Universal Values are:

  1. Honesty
  2. Respect
  3. Responsibility
  4. Fairness
  5. Compassion

Values that most teams, and thanks for that, explicitly mention as their team values. So that again made me wonder… next time when I am on a discovery with a team, why not mention “The Five Universal Values” from Rushworth Kidder as a given. Teams don’t need to mention these values explicitly anymore as part of their team values. This will give the teams the room to focus on their unique set of team values, as I believe and hope that the “The Five Universal Values” are always there, in any culture.

But what happens in case the “The Five Universal Values” are not present in a team? Well, then you’ve got a problem. A problem that you won’t solve by just identifying team values.

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‘I don’t have time for a workshop,’ said the manager

This blog is about the manager and his own development.  I did a lot of recruitment… continue reading here.