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In this blog there are some thoughts, which might appear to be complete. Some are in progress and might be finished. And some might remain incomplete forever.

Learn to Type w/ 10 Fingers

If there is one piece of advise which I would give to every knowledge worker, that would be — learn to type w/ 10 fingers. On all keyboard layouts/in all languages you know. The number of people who cannot type w/ 10 fingers is staggering. This affects their ability to produce quality papers in a […]

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Learning Interpretation of Requirements from Bernstein and Gould

If you are tired of subject matter experts hammering Agile into your already hurting brain and you are thinking like Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method, that “there must be more than one hinge into the universe”, and especially if you like (or would like to try) some classical music — this Bernstein and Gould […]

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How to cook a crew?

How do you cook a crew? A dish, especially a dish, prepared to surprise and impress, is cooked following a recipe, containing special ingredients, combined in special steps, performed w/ an  extraordinary skill! There is a lot written and said about recruiting, which is the ingredients gathering. But little for after that. The most one […]

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Are you watching closely?

Several days ago a group of Japanese kids entered the Guiness Book of Records. Skipping rope. Two interesting things about it. One of the silver linings in The Prestige was the question: “Are you watching closely?” Watch the video above, if you haven’t already done so. Mesmerising, isn’t it? After you finish wondering if it […]

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Hackathon Winners

During the years I have been asked to work w/ a number of hackathon winners as a development coach. A role I have always done w/ a great joy. The conversations I have had so far show some similarities among all the hackathon winners, which I would like to summarise here. 1. How to Start […]

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Handling Setbacks

Handling setbacks is sometimes as difficult as bringing a freight train to a halt. I, for myself, have adopted the German approach of abwarten und Tee trinken. Maurice Jarre’s story how he came to write the film score for Lawrence of Arabia is a great encouragement.   Have a question or need help? I answer questions gladly […]

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The Rubber is a Creative Tool

I am known for learning from art rather than learning from businesses and business people. In his beautiful, free and highly recommended Oxford University iTunes U course The Elements of Drawing, Stephen Farthing introduces the viewer into the basic concepts of observing and drawing, and makes a very important point. The rubber is a creative […]

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Delegation

I am known for preferring to learn from art than from business. A good story to learn from is Tom Sawyer’s Strafarbeit, where he had to paint the fence. The story is not only a good lesson in converting a punishment into a successful enterprise, which ends up w/ everyone being happier than before, but […]

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2018

When I was younger I used to learn from the rants of people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Probably because I was a rebel. And as I am still a rebel and I am getting close to my 50s, I feel obliged to begin ranting, for the sake of the younger generation. Innovation […]

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Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy

There is so much to be learned from the story of the Star Wars Trilogy. Starting from the fact that at that time there was not only no special effects industry and George Lucas had to created it all by himself and from scratch (what later became Industrial Light and Magic), but it wasn’t even […]

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