About Kikentai Management


Better management through Kikentai

Dr. Eike Schmidt
Dr. Eike Schmidt

Do you also feel that something is wrong about the way we are working together in companies today? Do you sometimes regret the amount of time and potential wasted due to flaws in management or the indifference of contributors? If you want to fight waste of talent and discover more wholeness as a manager and a person, read more about Kikentai Management.

About: What Kikentai Management will do for you

Management is all about making people reach goals in complex situations. Too often it fails. I have many friends and colleagues both, in management and as engineers, that feel it is time for a change.  If you still read these lines then you are among the people who go at their job with “a burning heart” as the Japanese would put it. What this blog can do for you then:

  • Offer you best practice on management techniques
  • Give you some ideas about what you can learn from martial arts in management
  • Inspire you to bring together mind, body and tools (see my post that explains about Kikentai Management).

Dr. Eike Schmidt

I am very aware of all of your expertise out there. And there certainly is an abundance of sources on management. Why should you listen to me of all people, then? Well, I am stubbornly thinking: if still so many things go wrong in practice then maybe there still are not enough people helping along the way. In martial arts terms I am not considering myself a sensei, a master, in management. But in some aspects, I hope, some of you might consider me a sempai, an older student (the literal translation would be: someone born earlier).

When I started my career as a researching software engineer in the EDA (electronic design automation) industry I intuitively felt the huge impact good engineering management had both, on my productivity as well as my happiness. That’s why I was thrilled to become team lead of the research group after a couple of years. I know for some engineers this is joining the dark side of the force. But I have not regretted the decision once (and by the way this thinking of ‘sides’ is wasteful in my opinion).

I have worked in second and first level management of software companies for over fifteen years now. I have seen different industries, different software tools and processes. Invariably I found, success and happiness depended on the way people worked together. Let me share some of my learnings.

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