My grandma has a hard time hearing. She’s turning 89 this year and due to my naturally deep voice doesn’t hear me speaking. That’s super sad because I can be shouting into her ear from a couple centimeters away and she would not recognize, although she’s still pretty brisk.

Old problems require older solutions.

I got annoyed by shouting around, thus, I decided to write a letter to my grandma every once in a while. The obvious: every time I write her she is full of joy and moved to tears to get so much information about what’s going on in my life. Not only…


If you happen to spend your time with group dynamics and coaching, going to the sauna can be quite a challenge. I love going to the sauna — totally out of question. But especially in our Franconian hometown Bamberg you can sometimes feel weird vibes. There’s probably one first question, persons in a sauna ask themselves: “How can I compensate being completely naked between strangers?” — Put into corporate context it would be something like: “How can I make sure, nobody gets that I’m totally unprepared for this meeting?” …


A topic I’m concerned with these days is meaning. The meaning everybody looks out for when doing something. A meaning given to the duties we fulfill during our lifetime. Currently, I’m reading the meaning revolution, a book about leading by purpose. It provides answers to questions our current economy is too afraid to ask. Questions like “what happens when we need to bond our employees to our company once all financial incentives have been distributed?” It takes an approach of having people understand that the only important accountability in any role is to help the complete team win. …


I’ve been asked a lot, why stuff fails, goes wrong or escalates. Here are my top 10 reasons I come up with to tell people:

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Let’s start a great top ten list. Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash
  1. You don’t know what “doing” looks like. You come up with your project, have a great vision and after playing around and thinking a lot, the idea slowly vanishes. That’s probably because you’re overwhelmed by the scope of your idea and can’t even figure out where to start. Maybe start thinking about what the first achievable step towards your goal can look like. And repeat until you reached your goal.
  2. Fundamental attribution error. Other people…


On my way to destroy it, I have finally become what I hate the most. Welcome to middle management punks! The new blog for…. oh f*** this! No. This is the new challenge I’m facing, this is the chance to do it right. This is the chance to have somebody tell me in a year or two what a stupid middle manager I am and how to actually transform an organization to agile.

This is my first step into organization development and I love it. For sure, even in a small team like mine (about 20–25 people), it’s a complicated…


A while ago, I wrote about distributed teams. A while ago, I had the privilege of working with all my team members in the same location. I think it’s time to share some learnings from my new company. I think it’s time to take on another perspective to distributed teams and maybe an even broader take on remote companies.

One thing Dominic didn’t tell you in our last blog post is that our teams works at a couple of different locations. There are four major offices and two minor sites with one and two developers. In the past, this was…


Sometimes work is not about what’s right. Sometimes work is about who is right. In corporate life the interpretation of being right lies beyond anything that’s measurable and beyond what people would call facts. It lies somewhere in between the ladder’s steps and b-vitamins.

My story starts where common sense has stopped. Once upon a time, I thought being a Scrum Master would be easy going. I thought I could focus on my team first, then watch out for some pitfalls in their close environment, and finally add some agility on the organizational level. The question I asked myself was…


Time dilation is a difference in the elapsed time measured by two clocks, either due to their having a velocity difference relative to each other, or by their being differently situated in a gravitational field.

You’ve probably seen Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. A movie about mankind trying to leave earth in a dystopian future. It is well-known for a certain accuracy when it comes to physics. As for one of the depicted effects — time dilation — it occurs to me that it’s observable in the corporate world as well.

Let’s assume we have a huge corporate enterprise. A couple of…


Mercenary’s life

It’s time. I have to leave my family for the battle field. One last pat on my back. One last good bye.

The stories I heard from my comrades are horrible. Enemies hiding in their cubbyholes, stabbing your back while you patch up a wounded child. No consideration for the rights of others. They only fight for their country as long as it conforms with their personal goals.

I pass the border control.

I’m not sure how this war started. Sometimes it feels like a civil war with only one nation taking part, split apart in two, in three parties…


Projects. That’s what corporate world has become about. Long term fictional plans that usually won’t get adjusted over time. Deadlines, mathematically accurate calculated to the minute when the last deploy via Jenkins has finally to prompt a success message. In between our hero. One night struck by the power of the Peter principle, he was able to reach is final level of incompetence, his final step on corporate ladder. Important enough to attend most important meetings, unimportant enough to never fell a decision by himself. Thus, he might join steering committees and be there seven minutes early. He might be…

Ralph Cibis

Agile Punk & Common Sense Advocate - https://cib.is

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