Lessons Learn from 7 years of twitter: How to manage twitter for a better experience … #bettertwitter

  • Forget about follower numbers: Don’t follow anybody back you don’t want to collaborate with.
  • Use lists: There are interesting/informative accounts out there – don’t follow them put them on a themed list.
  • Follow: only people I want to work/collaborate with or they are from my regional ecosystem.

Regular Feedback Cycles Pattern: How I should embrace more feedback

Feedback is the most valuable thing that one might get, as without feedback it is tremendously hard to improve. While I think I do a good job, I want to do a great job. To enable this I will apply the following at least once a month:
  • I consider who can help me grow and I seek them out.
  • I am clear that I want honest feedback.
  • I ask open-ended questions (not yes or no) on what I can do better in the future.
  • I listen and ensure I am open to hear the feedback.
  • I express thanks and play back the feedback that I heard.
  • I ask if I accurately heard the feedback—if I need to, make adjustments and play back again.
  • I decide how to move forward

You can find the complete pattern description below.

I will apply this in the private and the professional areas. As I think growth is important in every part of my life. The first persons I will ask will be four persons which opinions I value: my brother, my girlfriend, my manager and a client. In fact I will schedule the first meeting right now.
I can only encourage you to do the same and I will keep you up to date how this works out for me.
THE PATTERN DESCRIPTION:
name:
regular feedback cycles
problem:
How to realise what is the best area to spend your limited time improving?
context/situation:
You are active in your life every day, at work or at home. And you do your daily routines and interactions with others. And you produce results.
conflicting issues:

There is you who wants to get stuff done and don’t waste time on feedback.

There is you who needs to know where to spend your limited time to improve.

There is other people who expect you to improve but don’t speak their mind for not wanting to offend you or not having the time.

There is other people who also have limited time to give you feedback.

solution:
          Establish a feedback culture with important people/stakeholders in your life:
          I consider who can help me grow and I seek them out.
          I am clear that I want honest feedback.
          I ask open-ended questions (not yes or no) on what I can do better in the future.
          – what you can keep?
          – what should start?
        – what you should stop?
        I listen and ensure I am open to hear the feedback.
        I express thanks and play back the feedback that I heard.
        I ask if I accurately heard the feedback—if I need to, make adjustments and play back again.
        I decide how to move forward
resulting context:

benefits:

People get comfortable giving you feedback.

You get feedback and know where to spend you time to improve.

issues to resolve:

how to find the right people to get you feedback.

how to do it regularly.

how to act on the feedback.

related patterns:

#makeithappen – my road to make the world work better – overview

Why I do this?

I want to be a rouge pirate scientist that makes the world a better place: At the end of my life I … fulfilled the dream of the 5 year old boy that played with Playmobil how he created a great world by science (e.g. not dying, no pain) without respect for boundaries.

How to make the world work better?

It is about make people and myself more happy by help solve the big challenges (Domains):

  • Healthcare
  • Environment
  • Living (Cities …)
  • Working & Producing (Smarter Industry)
  • Lifestyle (products that make people feel better)

What is needed to make an impact? Domain Knowledge + Technological Knowledge + Soft Skills This maps to the following areas:

#FutureOfWork: Including all soft skills that make one work efficiently:

  • Agile (including Time Management and Learning)
  • Lifestyle

#BuildTheFuture: The “technical” skills needed to build products, based on your domain knowledge, that create value for people:

  • Process: Agile, Design Thinking, Lean Startup (Bluemix Garage Method)
  • Design: Domain Driven Language
  • Programming: JavaScript, OOP, Java Testing, Building
  • Domain specific skills: Data Analytics, Full Stack Development (App & Microservices), IoT & Embedded
  • Background: Algorithms & Statistics

#FutureOf[Domain]: Includes the domain knowledge that is need to use the technology in a way that creates value:

  • Health:
    • Data Driven Medicine
    • Genomic Medicine
    • Medicine, Biology, Chemistry
  • Lifestyle:
    • Science of Happiness
    • Consumer Products & Marketing: What creates value in the life of an consumer?
  • Industry:
    • Industrie 4.0
    • Integrated Industry
    • Manufacturing Challenges & Trends
    • 3d printing

BETA [WIP] Execution Framework for Daily Workload

As I described I think we all need to be agile and pivoting like startups to make the best out of our resource. When we do we have the chance to change the world. One small task at a time.

The following presentation gives you an overview how J.D. Meier, a project manager at microsoft adapted Agile to a productivity method.

http://www.30daysofgettingresults.com/2011/10/day-7-setup-boundaries-and-buffers.html

I made the workflow somewhat more concrete:

For me the core value is that a task should create something tangible. Only code in the repository exist. (No speed limits!)

  1. COLLECT everything into an Inbox: This is very important as it allows you to have an Inbox Zero, stops your from the task of keeping things in your mind but just dump it into your Inbox (For me this is an Evernote Folder INBOX).
  2. ORGANIZE:
    1. If it is not related to a task delete it. Or if possible don’t even put it into the inbox. The management of an repository of information is to expensive. Use social networks.
    2. If it can be done in less than 2 min do immediately and archived item in BACKLOG (add a reminder and instantly mark as done).
    3. Else create a project for it and answer two questions What is my goal? Why is this important to me? If it is not important it I add an reminder and directly goes into backlog. If it is important I tag it with importantx as well as the area where it belongs.
    4. Monday Vision: Check your Hierarchy of GOAL & Backlog what is relevant for this week, and select 3 result for this week: “If this were Friday, what are three results I want under my belt?”
    5. Daily Win: Check the Monday Vision for 3 result of today: ““What are the three things I really want to accomplish today?”
  3. EXECUTE: Set of values, experiences and best practices.
  4. REVIEW: Daily scrum, friday reflection

The most important part are the VALUES of the doing & the executing to apply:

  • Only tangible results count (“Writing code”)
  • It is about feedback loops and iteration: If you give the product to the customer he will give you feedback. If you don’t progress you either not produce or you produce nothing good.
  • Fail fast & Done is better then perfect

Daily Scrum 20. Dec 2015

What did I do since the last daily scrum?

What will I have done until the next daily scrum (Biggest Frog Task)?

  • Keep my schedule (and finish one java session).
  • Eat healthy.
  • Do my travel expenses

What interfered with my work?

Days to Deadline and what happens when doing nothing about this today:

  • 1 day to next java course
  • 1 day to workout

Daily Scrum November 28, 2015

Daily Scrum 28. Nov 2015

What did I do since the last daily scrum?
– Went working out
– Went to the Stadtbibliothek München (free wifi, nice place to be) and started with my java lessons

What will I have done until the next daily scrum (Biggest Frog Task)?
– I will finish this weeks lesson on Java.
– I will finish up the writing part on the developers guide.
– I will watch Breaking Bead with H.

What interfered with my work?
– The wifi connect in this places is not made to be used for streaming, therefore bring the videos and the task next time with you.

Days to Deadline and what happens when doing nothing about this today:
– 4 days to Review of Developers Guide

Daily Scrum November 27, 2015

Daily Scrum 27. Nov 2015

What did I do since the last daily scrum?
– I went to the Stabi in Munich and got my identity card, and learn that there is no free wifi unless you are a student
– I found potential good wifi places (Stadtbib Munich, DB Lounge)

What will I have done until the next daily scrum (Biggest Frog Task)?
– I will workout, towards my goal of being healthy and in good shape.
– I will go to the Stadtbib bring my grilfriends books back, check the wifi and work (do my coursera course) until they close at 16:00.

What interfered with my work?

Days to Deadline and what happens when doing nothing about this today:
– 5 days until developer’s guide review