Many offices have a messy kitchen. And whenever there’s a messy kitchen, there are people complaining about it. In chat rooms, during lunch, at company meetings, on signs in the kitchen… you name it. “Your mom doesn’t work here!” they yell. And while we are bothered with how difficult it seems for others to keep the kitchen clean, we ignore the real reason behind all this: The company culture.
This goes out to all change agents, all teachers and coaches, everyone that tries to introduce a paradigm shift of some sort. Be it helping a society to understand the value of diversity, or helping a company to understand the need of transformational leadership, or helping a team to organize differently (#agile), or helping your clients (or however you want to call the people you’re dealing with) to do their work in a different way… Whenever a person claims for something to be too academic, you’re doing something wrong! (more…)
Recently, I attended a conference dealing with organizational change. One of the sessions there was about human resources (HR). This is the department of an organization that is supposed to support individuals within the organization. Here people were talking about how to evaluate the skills of employees, how to train them and the role of leadership in all this. At one point during this session a young woman from the audience got up and confronted a high-ranked HR manager from a large German energy provider, also female, with an interesting subject.
The young woman said that she was at the very beginning of her career. She recently read that a study, which shows that the careers of women are often hindered by other women, not so much by men. This sounded counter intuitive to her, as she thought women would support each other.
Or: The Difference between Pre-Launch and Post-Launch of an E-Commerce Project
Every e-commerce project has this one moment that changes everything: The launch. From that magical moment on your efforts are made available to real users and are due to earn real money. The whole organization faces a major shift. The parts of an organization external from the development team change their modus operandi. In their perspective, what used to be an abstract future suddenly becomes an active system facing customers.
It’s a known fact that in any e-commerce project, the development never stops. Throughout the whole project there will be bugs to be fixed and new features to be implemented, no matter on which side of the cut-over you are. What changes is the attention brought to the project from the organization as well as the emergence of topics. Thus, the development of the e-commerce project faces its biggest struggle when switching from implementation to in-life-support mode. This struggle cannot be ignored by the development process.
We live in a world of digital full service agencies and companies that deliver the full brand experience, from a complex technical backend to a fancy frontend. This requires specialists of opposing fields with very contradicting backgrounds to closely collaborate in order to achieve great goals.
Impressive success stories of cross functional teams, where UX designers and software engineers cooperate happily are widely spread [3, 4]. Just as descriptions on how to organize this way [1, 2]. However, these success stories rather document the exception. Truth is that most agencies are struggling with this organization of team collaboration. In order to understand this problem, let’s have a look where the two professions came from.
In meinem ja inzwischen nicht mehr allzukurzem Leben habe ich mich nicht immer gut ernährt. Aber wohl selten so schlecht wie zur Zeit. Mein ganzer Fokus liegt auf meiner Abschlussarbeit. Dafür vernachlässige ich mich selbst leider bisschen. Schlimm ist, dass das auch noch relativ bewusst geschieht. Sehenden Auges, sozusagen. An Read more…
Wie schon 2008 und 2009 mache ich heute wieder beim Blog Action Day mit. Diesmal geht’s ums Thema Wasser. Ich habe ein bisschen übers Wasser gegrübelt. Und eigentlich sehe ich keine wirkliche Verbindung zum Wasser in meinem Leben. Gut, ich lebe seit ungefähr 8½ Jahren ausschließlich in Städten die ein Read more…
Ich baue gerade meinen Vortrag für die OOP um und aus Zeitgründen ist eine meiner Lieblingsfolien rausgeflogen. Keine Zeit dafür.
Aber weil ich das so gern erkläre und weil ich immer wieder merke, wie wenig Leute den Unterschied eigentlich kennen, mach ich das hier mal. Viele benutzen beides nämlich immernoch synonym… (more…)