I have been part of the “Forum Agile Verwaltung | Austausch und kollegiale Beratung“ (a closed facebook group) for many years. I enjoy it very much and learn a lot. Now there was a call to all members of the group asking them to introduce themselves. It was my pleasure to reply to the call. Here is my contribution:
In this group, I feel that I am a guest who can get his first input on interesting topics and both listen carefully and learn. I became part of this forum because I was once invited to give a presentation on the “Unpredictability of the Future“ in the forum.
About me: after my university studies of mathematics (major) and computer science (minor) at Munich Technical University that started in 1969, I became a programmer. After some apprentice years at Siemens AG and Softlab GmbH I founded my own company, the InterFace AG, in the early 1980ies with Wolf Geldmacher . During a PM camp, I met and learned to appreciate Thomas Michl.
Thanks to our product CLOU/HIT, we (InterFace) won many customers from the public office sector (police and county jurisdiction, the Central Employment Agency, and many more federal and county offices). And we learned a lot in the process.
During the development phase of CLOU/HIT, it did not take us long to understand that a customer-oriented development of complex software products will no longer work with “old concepts“, which is why we replaced “hierarchically organized groups“ by “networking teams“. At the time, this was revolutionary and extremely successful.
Today, I am no longer operatively active. Instead, I now limit my involvement to handing my experience (knowledge and expertise) on, mostly to younger persons. Some of them are individual persons, others are teams (start-ups).
I try to avoid giving advice (an advice is also a vice). Instead, I try to inspire people and generate impulses. And I try to find good (the right) questions in mutual agreement with all the parties concerned. Because a good question is the requirement for a good answer.
My goal is mainly to make other people, and especially young people, more successful and happier.
I think this is a concise description of what I currently do.
(Translated by EG)