November 17, 2023

My wife got me thinking the other day: "Richie, what is the purpose of your blog? Why are you doing this?". Good question. Money? Not really. Fame and honor? Some of the feedback wasn't so nice. Customer orders? No.

November 16, 2023

Everything used to be much simpler. There was only zero or one. You voted red or black. Watched Roseanne or Lindenstraße on linear television. You were a fan of Star Wars or Star Trek. Was a woman or a man. Believed in science or the church. Used Microsoft Works or Microsoft Office. That was our lived truth.

March 20, 2023

Well, tried it out yet? ChatGPT, midjourney or Jasper? "Write me a column with about 4000 characters for IT-Spektrum on the topic of agility in the future. Short sentences, casual language style" Or "What exactly does this regex do? rege(x(es)?\ xps?)" Oh yes, I become a childlike researcher again, curious and fascinated by what ideas for prompts my colleagues and acquaintances come up with.

March 6, 2023

When I look at the software development projects that I have come across in recent years through the lens of sustainability, I see one thing above all: little to nothing. Sustainability appears at most in the decision for tools, in small doses in the choice of technology, but it is then faded out at the latest in the process design.

January 16, 2023

One could think that the universe does this on purpose to show us up. Just at the time when man is at the peak of his complacency, proud of himself, to have subjugated everything so beautifully and to be able to control it, it shows us where the hammer hangs. Now that we have been able to capture and solve even complex problems, the next level comes: chaos.

October 31, 2022

In companies, I see two types of leadership and collaboration again and again: on the one hand, strongly hierarchical structures, mostly in - let's say - more traditional organizations. Tasks tumble down the management levels until at some point something reaches the employee and he does this or something similar.

September 16, 2022

For an hour in the ICE Stuttgart - Essen. Laptop in front of me, with no idea what I could inspire you with in my blog this time. Yes, I am stressed. Why? Three days of the German Speakers Association (GSA) Convention. Days full of input, lots of talks, self-promotion and nights full of parties. I am tired.

August 11, 2022

In the travel guide "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", the original entry "Earth: harmless" was extended by intensive research to "Earth: largely harmless". Well, whether this is still valid today is a moot point. At least intergalactically it is still true. But I ask myself sometimes, what extraterrestrials could think, if they observed the local goings-on.

10 May 2022

I'm currently sitting in Hanover in my hotel room at the Central-Hotel Kaiserhof. A nice, fine hotel - even if it sounds more imperial than it is - at least for a Viennese 😉 Behind me lies a long day of workshops at a software development company. The 19 software developers and managers (i.e. all employees) started a workshop series on agile mindset with me a year ago.