My ramblings on Agile, leadership and everything beyond and in between

2014 Reflections: The old man isn’t dead yet!

2014 Reflections: The old man isn’t dead yet!

16 days into 2014 I turned 40 and was fortunate enough to celebrate my birthday with a week of sports with my family on the Spanish island of Lanzarote. Although I my age qualified me to participate in a Badminton tournament for seniors, I chose…

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My presentation on PRINCE2 and Agile at the Nordic Project Zone conference talk

My presentation on PRINCE2 and Agile at the Nordic Project Zone conference talk

On the 4th November this year I talked about combining PRINCE2 and Scrum at the Nordic Project Zone conference in Copenhagen. The audience consisted primarily of Project Managers and decision makers with a background in traditional project management. I was therefore very excited to see…

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Building the ultimate home for Agile clients and consultants

Building the ultimate home for Agile clients and consultants

Recently I left goAgile together with two colleagues and friends (@MartinVinther and @BrianSoegaard) to start a new Agile consultancy company. Shortly after we announced our decision to start our own, two more colleagues (@haugaard and @PerBeining), who have the some of same ideas about what…

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Five Leadership lessons from the best playing team at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil

Five Leadership lessons from the best playing team at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil

One of the two teams now qualified for the World Cup final on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, is not unexpectedly Germany. Since they were embarrassingly knocked out during the group stages at the European Championship in 2000, after two losses and one draw, they…

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My reflections on Scrum Day Denmark 2014

My reflections on Scrum Day Denmark 2014

Yesterday the first ever edition of Scrum Day Denmark was held at Microsoft’s headquarters in Hellerup near Copenhagen. The event was hosted and organized by Mads Troels Hansen (@madsth) and Ole Rich Henningsen (@olehenningsen) and Microsoft sponsored food and drinks, making it a free event for the participants. The event…

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Celebrating 12 1/2 Sprints – small gestures can go a long way

Celebrating 12 1/2 Sprints – small gestures can go a long way

In Denmark we have some funny traditions. Take wedding anniversaries as an example. We celebrate 12 ½, 25 and 50 years, not that most marriages last that long these days. In all three cases, family, friends and neighbors build an arch around the front door…

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Will maximizing stakeholder ROI get you up in the morning?

Will maximizing stakeholder ROI get you up in the morning?

Recently I listed to a business show on the radio and they had an almost eleven minutes long interview with a CEO of a public listed IT company. What struck me the most was, that by the end of what was quite a long interview,…

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If he works for you, you work for him

If he works for you, you work for him

The title of this post is an old Japanese proverb. Today we often call this leadership style servant-leadership and in my opinion it still reflects the essence of great leadership. Leadership is not to be confused with management and not every Manager can become a…

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The neuroscience of parole board meetings and better decision-making

The neuroscience of parole board meetings and better decision-making

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending my colleague Jenni Jepsen’s (@jenniindk) exclusive seminar on “The neuroscience of Agile leadership.” Jenni introduced the subject by giving us an overview of how the brain works, partly inspired by the book Your Brain at Work by David…

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How turning 40 made me stop and think

How turning 40 made me stop and think

For many people, including me, it was a big deal turning 40. Entering the second half of my life made me stop and think about what motivates me. Boiled down I think my professional motivation can be summed up as a combination of three factors…

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