How to Change the World (free download)
The literal meaning of the name Jurgen is “earth-worker” or farmer. It’s the Dutch version of Jürgen, Jorge, Yuri, Giorgio, George, Sjors, etc. I’ve never been particularly proud of my name because I have no affinity with farming. Until I learned that the symbolic meaning of the name is “he who knows how to change the world.”
Guess what? I once wrote a little book on that. And you can download it for free.
I’m writing this on the train from Vienna to Ljubljana, and I finally have time to think.
My workshop in Vienna was sold out, and I consider it a success. The participants seemed very happy; we had great discussions about organizational patterns, and they all went home with hands full of game cards and books. But I know this is not something I want to do every week. In fact, I’m taking a break to start working with my new unFIX team, and in 2023, I will personally do only one workshop per month. My next unFIX Foundation class is scheduled in Hamburg.
On Monday and Tuesday, my new team of seven people will have their kick-off meetings. I prepared a list of potential objectives around social media, case studies, compensation, web shop, courseware licensing, podcasting, conference planning, and so on. I picked very experienced people, so I hope they can soon agree with each other on how to divide the work and how to get started. I have suggested starting Lean Coffee style and letting them do the forming, storming, and morning.
My own interest is in further evolving and refining the unFIX model. It needs more patterns, explanations, examples, and scenarios. I love finding inspiration in concrete case studies and other models, borrowing or improving good ideas that are floating around (and crediting all sources!), and then turning that work into a cohesive set of patterns explained with blog posts, game cards, and useful exercises. I want that to be the core of my work.
I also have some (idle?) hope that once I have a team, I can more easily set some personal time aside to keep writing my novel and decorating my home.
I suppose it’s all part of me trying to change the world.
p.s. I will be keynoting at Tools4AgileTeams and the organizers are offering a discount for all my readers and followers. The code is UNFIX-T4AT22.