November 10, 2016

GDG - what an amazing community

More to be proud of

I wrote a post about the proudest moment, as I feel it is important to not give up but to remember the good things that are out there, working towards change, supporting strong people, and especially now, in today's world, supporting minorities, women, and young people wanting to change.

There is more that I am proud of. Another thing I am incredibly proud of is being part of GDG, Google Development Group.

Together with other organisers in the DACH region we organise tech events, and not only that, we get involved in events others set up. Being part of the DroidConDE organisation and what's going on around Droidcon two years in a row, if only at the days if the event - another thing that I am proud of.  I wouldn't even have known about it if it wouldn't have been for GDG.

I am one of the organisers of GDG Düsseldorf, the chapter in Düsseldorf and together with our members we organise tech talks every month - you can find us on Meetup .

November 09, 2016

The proudest moment

Continue to learn and remember to reflect. 

About a week ago I was asked by someone to describe my proudest moment, when it comes to work.

One of the most proud moment is, without any doubt, the teenagers I ran onto in Düsseldorf, teenagers who came up to me, gave me a High Five, and wanted to talk about workshop they had attended. Months after the actual workshop. 

I don't think there is anything as rewarding as feeling that you have managed to reach out, that you have triggered something in someone that made them reflect and to think more about something. I had been working with EgoUpdate, an exhibition, together with the rest of the team at NRW-Forum hosting workshops and tours. The exhibition, EgoUpdate, was about identity, notion of self, and social media, with selfies, youfies and more - and it as in the workshops connected to this exhibition that I met the teenagers who, months later, came up to me and wanted to continue the discussion. If the world was full of engaged, fascinated/fascinating people like this, people open for discussion. 

Noting to do with my IT career, at least not in a direct way. 

And absolutely a moment that made me incredibly proud.  I love working with people, also in my IT roles, that is what is most important - the people. Reaching people - incredible. 

I have been involved in so many different types of projects, business improvement projects, changing ERP systems, site moves, starting/opening new locations, design projects, move to cloud and so forth, and I always had the luxury of working with very strong and productive teams - there is a lot to be proud of there, proud of what we achieved as a team. 

November 08, 2016

Spread love

 - about leadership in the digital age

A post about not using the language of the bully but about finding our own language.

I had the luxury of attending TEDxBerlin today, November 8.

I was here for something else but I happened to get a ticket for TEDxBerlin. Topic suited me well: 

Leading in the Digital Age. 

They were all good  talks, but there were a couple that stood out even more.

Kübra Gümüsay talked about internet trolls and bullies, a hot topic not just November 8 but in today's world.

 The title of the TEDxBerlin Talk? Organised Love, a talk about Internet hate and how to break the pattern and push our own agenda - about organised love, about showing what kind of world we want. The TEDx talk did really strike a chord because of all the discussions I have had lately, not the least in the tech area, around diversity, around online forums.

We need to create an environment of trust, where everyone feel comfortable to express themselves and discuss - especially important to me, I believe this to be absolutely critical to achieve success - of any kind. The speaker, Kübra Gümüsay (link to her twitter account), is a well known journalist and blogger in/from Germany, who fights racism, discusses feminism, populism and is involved in politics - in short, someone who can really make a difference, and she does' all the time, because, as she said:
"Silence in the face of hatred is approval"  
We cannot sit quiet, we have to respond, and Kübra Gümüsay made a very important point: WE choose HOW we respond - constructive, or just by cleaning up and defending. She suggests that from now on, let it be about love, let us push a different agenda, set an example, lead. Kübra Gümüsay suggested organised love as an antidote against Internet hate, turning a bad situation into something positive. The TEDx talk did to me what a TEDx talk is supposed to do - it made me think.

October 28, 2016

Why? And five of them...

Finding the REAL reason

I am convinced we all at some point experienced that something didn't go quite the way we wanted to - and even though we thought we addressed the issue, it either pops up again or we never managed to quite solve it. 

There is no point in mopping up the water if the tap is still running, it is just going to get wet again

Work with solving the root problem, not the Symptom. 

Working in a LEAN environment I am used to asking WHY. Six Sigma training helped underlining this, and so did Lean training. It may also bit of a family trait, we analyse, and like to get to the very bottom of things. I can't help but wonder if that's because I come from a big family and with a lot of children around, you always hear "Why"... We are simply used to it - maybe not so strange that all of us ended up in IT, Lean environment, Logistics, Development, Project management... 

There is a recipe, a technique for this, the 5 Why principle.