November 5, 2009
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 6, 2008
I’ve recently discovered Animoto, a service that lets you easily create inspiring photo presentations, with music and motion. You just have to deliver some photos from your laptop or from services like flickr, select a music from Animoto or again your laptop, and done. Animoto analyzes both, photos and music and creates a inspiring video which you can distribute by email, download or post in your facebook account or blog.
Even some less good pictures make a good presentation, like my poor shots from Silvester 2007. Unfortunately the posting to my blog didn’t work out, so you have to go to Animoto.com to check it yourself.
It is plain fun. It is easy to use. And it does the artist part for you.
June 3, 2008
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?
April 28, 2008
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.
March 31, 2008
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.