Author: eikesblog

Too old for agile? 0

Too old for agile?

A memory A few years back I watched a documentary about an entry exam for the sports university in Cologne. A middle-aged gymnastics professor commented on an exercise performed by a young man: “It...

Not invented here 0

Not invented here

In the world of software a copy comes at almost no cost (yes, I know this is an oversimplification). Still engineers (and managers) go to great lengths to reinvent/recreate things that already exist instead...

3 loyalty spheres 0

3 loyalty spheres

With the ‘lean’ and ‘agile’ movements middle management positions have become increasingly difficult. As a middle manager you are in the sandwich in every way. Most stressful is that you have to navigate 3...

Management FAQ 0

Management FAQ

You send questions from time to time that I would like to answer. That’s why I decided to publish this Management FAQ. I will extend this with more questions coming in. 1. As a...

List hell 0

List hell: 3 reasons list are evil

Most blog posts today have the form of lists. Like “3 things you never wanted to know!”, “3 ways to escape list hell”. You know why? Because it is scientifically proven that such posts...

Riding dead horses 1

Dead horses: 5 reasons to ride

“When you discover that you are riding dead horses, the best strategy is to dismount.” Most of you know this saying of the Native Indians (if not, read this hilarious blog post to catch...

Assignments 0

Assignments: Beating the principal agent

Principal agent problems: how to make work assignments work Clean handover of work packages is key to make a business work – and yet I regularly see work assignments fail. How is that possible?...