This website is about my learnings, my life, the things I experience and want to write about. I have taught myself juggling with code early in the 80s. Since then, I work with computers and information technology. I became a developer, a so-called system architect, later doing that on enterprise level. Today, I work in an inspiring team and try to source the value of internet technology for the people that use our products.
I always try to let myself inspire by smart people, their podcasts, their books. And I document my learnings in a trello board. Maybe I am going to publish that at some time.
I spend most of my time with my family. I love playing boardgames and sometimes I spend my evening in a pen & paper session of D&D.
A collection of what I like
Here‘s a curated list of things, websites, art & content that inspires me, helps me reflect on what I do and let me learn new things.
- Stories connecting dots - an inspiring podcast by Markus Andrezak on agile, products, innovation and organisations.
- zenhabits.net - I follow Leo Babauta since a very long time. He inspires me in how he reflects on himself and shares his practices and insights.
- Anselm Hannemann - I worked with Anselm and his view on sustainability and on personal responsibility and his discipline is always a good mirror for myself - he also curates and publishes the famous Web Development Reading List.
- System Matters Podcast - System Matters is a small publisher of roleplaying and tabletop systems. They publish extremely interesting games and their podcast often discusses storytelling, game theory and contains awesome in-depth discussions, that is not only interesting to tabletoppers alone (Note: German language!).
I will keep that list up-to-date and extend it as new, inspiring things enter my life.
This is a list of the books that I have on my (mostly virtual) bedside table. They are not sorted by reading priority ;-)
Five Dysfunctions of a Teamby Patrick Lencioni. How to set the foundation of performance and focus in your team. Must-read. Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team - Fieldbookby various authors. A field book with examples and exercises to run in your team building situations. Lean Startupby Eric Ries. A product development customer journey. Often cited, rarely implemented. Must-read. Return of the Lazy Dungeon Masterby Sly Flourish. A beautiful book on storytelling and mastering tabletop role-play groups. Lots of advices on how to prepare and keep adventurers together. Lean Software Developmentby Tom and Mary Poppendieck. An often cited resource and invaluable companion on contemporary software development and architecture. The book is able to bridge the gap between the Toyota Production System and modern software development value models. Must-read. The Fifth Disciplineby Peter Senge. About system thinking and creating learning organizations. Must-read. The Fifth Discipline - Fieldbookby various authors. Lots of implementation examples, experiences and a hint to various exercises that turned out useful when implementing Peter's framework. Path of Least Resistanceby Robert Fritz. A mind-blowing journey to the discovery and exploration of creativity. Must-read. Accelerateby Forsgren, Humble and Kim. A book of research in the DevOps land. Loads of insights on modern software development and operations. Implement the 4 main KPIs in your teams now! Must-read. The Scrum Guideby Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. Well, sounds like a no-brainer, but I actually read it again from time to time (find it at scrum.org). Must-read. Strategizeby Roman Pichler. One of the best product ownership books out there. Explains the value model and responsibility scheme of owning a product for organizations. Must-read.
- Currently reading: Creative Selection by Ken Kocienda - about working and innovating at Apple during the iPhone, iPad and Steve Jobs era.
- The innovator's dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
- Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Kahnemann
- The elegant solution by Matthew E. May
- Leading Change by John P. Kotter
- Every tool's a hammer by Adam Savage
- The principles of product development flow by Donald G. Reinertsen
- Good Strategy, Bad Strategy by Richard Rumpelt
- Everybody lies by Seth Stephens
Here‘s what I want to buy and read still:
- User Story Mapping by Jeff Patton
- Innovation Games by Luke Hohmann
- Playing to win by Roger L. Martin
- The Design of Business by Roger L. Martin
- Zone to Win by Geoffrey Moore
- Feck perfuction by James Victore