Certified Scrum Product Owner

November 5, 2009

SCUM CPO training with Boris


Originally uploaded by Stephan’s Place.

In October I attended the above training hold by Boris Gloger. (left guy on the photo) We had in our team already started to implement SCRUM, we used Agilo as software tool and tried to get some advantage out of the procedure. Today I would call that attempts noobish. Mostly because we had no idea whats the philosophy behind so that we celebrated it in a more ritual manner. It wasn’t impressive either.
This course lead us not just to a certification, it was a ground breaking experience and shifted our understanding into a new level.
Personal for me, it was a breakthrough to understand that Scrum is forcing a team to act as a team by improving interaction and communication and team responsibility. Second, I was impressed that the use of a plain taskbord with post-notes brings such a lot inspiration and different experiences, so we use today Agile just as Editor and Backup.

In some lather posts I’ll try to show how we implemented Scrum a second time and what major successful steps we experienced.


October 29, 2009

Well, I’ve been away a long time now from this blog. To be honest, the main reason was that I was a upset when the investors forced Mindquarry to close it’s business. I’m still not over it since it was a fairly good idea and had a very good team as well.  And so I discovered that blogging needs passion and inspiration and trust as well.

Anyway, I think I will getting back some fun in blogging and so this might be the restart for keeping the world up to date on my live, struggling to to find or create software for a better communication and real work support.


June 3, 2008

macro water drop

Originally uploaded by Hypergurl.

Most of my old friends might think by this title of “Pink Floyd” with the identical title from the B side of their album “Meddle”.
Anyway, the Echoes I wanna talk today is Microsoft’s latest platform offer for telco’s.
Mary-Jo Foley writes in her ZD-blog that summary I’ll quote at first:

“1. Echoes will assign a local mobile number to each Windows Live contact
2. Via its Address Book sync capabilities, Echoes will push these new new contacts into any mobile phone (no client required)
3. The user will be able to compose an SMS or place a voice call to these contacts
4. Echoes will ensure text messages are delivered to Windows Live contacts as chat conversations, and replies will be sent back from Messenger as SMS
5. Voice calls can be connected through Echoes directly from the mobile to the Windows Live Messenger user’s PC
6. As the mobile user will appear always “online” to friends (using Echoes client emulation server), conversations also will be able to start from the Windows Live cloud, pushed to the mobile as SMS.”

some remarks on that:
1. The idea is simple and great. SMS and chat are basically the same:
short messages between 2 people. To combine computer chat with sms is just a extension to an other device.
They by Microsofts nature try to push only their own chat service (Messenger). Thats short thinking. Soon other providers will deliver the same with any chat system. Guess what the telco’s will choose?

Salesforce dumping 4000 PC’s

April 28, 2008


Originally uploaded by Zunkkis.

Rumors told, that Salesfore is dumping it’s PC’s when the lease runs out and replace them by macs. All 4000. I’ve heard that from smaller companies already. Salesforce might be the first big one doing that. It is not only a good reference for Apple, it’s a good one for Salesforce too. Because it shows the platform independence of their business applications. (I suppose they only use their owns web based software)
So they replace the hardware by some more reliable low administration demand macs which will streamline their employees work.
Smart move at all.

Consuming news change

April 11, 2008

Daily News

Originally uploaded by swanksalot.

I was inspired by Mathew Ingram’s post “If the news is important, it will find me”. Let that line sick in for a while:

“If the news is important, it will find me”

It signals a slight change in news consuming. The traditional way was that you have (at least one) a trusted source like times magazine, CNN, or “Der Spiegel” and “Tagesschau” in Germany which you read/see from start to end to get the information, which is important to you. Those “trusted sources” did the filtering for you, they decided what’s important and what not.
Today, some keen folks are part in social networks where they get kind of alerts like: Read the rest of this entry »

OpenCoffee Club Berlin

March 31, 2008


Originally uploaded by Stephan’s Place.

Last Friday I’ve attended at the OpenCoffee Club in Berlin, a place for monthly meetings with (mostly) entrepreneurs. The guy on the left side of the picture is Oliver Beste, a entrepreneur by himself who organized the meeting.
It was a interesting mix beyond my usually software stuff and therefore very inspiring to see the wide range of ideas coming to live.

Online Workspaces for the Masses

March 10, 2008

I’ve managed to get a Beta account of Office Live Workspace. That offers free upload of files to a workspace. The GUI is well done so far, but the upload has a strong limitation: no folder structures are supported. This might be the application I’ve so long waiting for, but that limitation shows me once again the big loss when Mindquarry was closed down. Synchronize your team files including the full directory structure with one click is a feature I’m still missing so much. That was the best solution ever.

Flickr in Windows Life?

February 1, 2008

So Microsoft finally akquires Yahoo. That means my flickr account (which is now a Yahoo aaccount) becomes finally a Microsoft account. When they rise the fees, I’m leaving the service. Time to think about backups.

A limit for ads

January 10, 2008

The FAZ, Germans “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” reported yesterday in their article: “XING meets the borders of growth” (German), that XING has removed it’s advertisements from premium customer pages after massive protests in their forums. Many customer extensively use Xing as their online business card, their virtually profile. So is happened f.e. that (invisible to them self) other users saw their profile with ads from (in worst case) competition companies.

I did always suspect, that plain advertisement in the web is overrated. It is just a contribution to information overload. And more and more people will treat it as spam. So a business model based on advertisement will work well as long as someone pays for it. But if customers start to systematic avoid ads, advertisement business will meet it’s borders. Anyway, there are better ways to promote things like reputation or referral models.

Amazon enters the payment provider market

December 12, 2007

Originally uploaded by lemonjenny.

Yesterday Amazon announced it’s new service, “BillMeLater“. With just your Birthday and your social security number you’re in and able to checkout your shopping. That teaches us twice:
First, the service is for US citizen only. Other countries perhaps even don’t have a SSN number.
Second, they get access to your SSN-files to send you a bill to your address. The last thing sounds a little bit scary to me, since every data related to my SSN number should be private, secure and well guarded.
But perhaps US citizens do not fear the loss of privacy that much Europeans do. Anyway, that means that this service will have trouble to scale as a worldwide payment system. So far, Paypal and others must not fear it by now. But Amazon is a powerful company and the service will be worth to watch.