Category: Management

Linearly scalable work

Dedicated or Shared Scrum Master

When implementing the agile way of working, companies are left with a decision on whether to have dedicated scrum master or let the role be handled by one of the existing resources in the team.

I have worked in teams with both dedicated and shared resources for the scrum master role and I have formed a very clear preference.

Harmful management

Harmful management is not a very widely used term. I even considered coining the term “Iatrogenic management” but left it – at least for now – even though iatrogenic is a perfect term to describe the problem at hand. Iatrogenic is a term taken from health care and medicine.

Common goal and incentive structures in large companies

In small companies, keeping a common goal is simple. There is probably only one product and hence product goal equals company goal. Messing up incentives is hard (but…

Leading with empathy

Good leadership/management takes empathy and compassion for the people you lead. You can lead without it, it may even be today’s norm – but you cannot be a…

Authority is not leadership

If your only tool in your management toolbox is authority and your ability to exercise it, then you are not really a well-developed leader. Getting people to follow…

How to minimize disturbances at work

Disturbances at work can be annoying and hinder productivity whether you are a developer, a writer, a manager or something completely different, so how can we minimize disturbances…

Wittiness – Aristotle’s take on management

There are truckloads of books, seminars and courses on the latest and greatest management theories. But is the latest and greatest really what we need or are developments…