Wall-Skills.com Advent calender launched – one 1-pager each day

Simple Workflow diagramIt happened: we launched the wall-skills.com Advent calendar, featuring one 1-pager every day to hang up on your office walls. Daily learning and improving your skills just got easier.

As announced a couple of weeks ago Wall-Skills.com launched its Advent calendar today. For the ext 24 days we will release one new 1-pager each day featuring information worth reading and learning about agile software development, IT project management and sometimes even self improvement tips for office workers.

Get the 1-pagers, hang them upon your office and toilet walls, and share knowledge which you think should be shared among your colleagues and team members. Subscribe to the RSS feed and make sure you don’t miss any Advent calendar post.

Today’s feature is about the Agile principles:
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I’d like to thanks to Corinna from finding-marbles.com for her awesome dedication to the project, her design and work – and also for coming up with the idea to transform my 1-pagers into an actual project.

If you have interesting Ideas you’d like to share with the Wall-Skills community, let us know. The Advent calendar is almost filled by now, but there we plan to release more 1-pagers in the weeks after.

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Wall-Skills – learning with 1-pagers, and an Advent Calender

Simple Workflow diagramA couple of weeks ago I introduced Learning on the Toilet here at this blog as well as at my regular Agile Meetup. It was well received, and fellow agile developer Corinna convinced me to team up and launch a dedicated project, which we called: wall-skills.com!

The idea for wall-skills.com is based upon Learning on the toilet (#LotT), which is again based upon Google’s Testing on the Toilet: it means hanging up 1-pagers on walls in places like toilets, on refrigerators and so on for people to read during their “leisure” time. The idea is to bring up information worth reading which can be summarized on one single page to improve the skills of the members of your company. Even if you read all the books about one topic, sometimes an additional tip or some prodding is just what you need. And if it’s hanging on a wall in a place where when you see it, you can’t ignore it.

The idea of Learning on the Toilet was well received when I presented the idea at my regulars Agile Meetup, I got a lot of constructive feedback. And Corinna (finding-marbles.com) brought up the idea to team up and create a project page dedicated to collect and spread such 1-pagers. Thus we met, found a name – hanging 1-pagers on “walls” to improve “skills”, aren’t we brilliant 😉 – and launched a project page: wall-skills.com was born!

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So in the future we will collect 1-page PDFs or images on Agile, Lean, development, devOps, system administration, Scrum and Kanban at wall-skills.com – ready for you to print out.

Right now we have published two sample posts to give you an idea what to expect. To kick off the project page and the entire collection we will present more 1-pagers in form of an Advent Calendar, publishing a new 1-pager each day of December until the 24th. So stay tuned – and subscribe to our RSS feed =)

Currently we’ve got ideas for most of the 24 slots, but some slots are still open and a greater diversity is always more interesting. Also, we will need more information for the future. If you got great, suitable content in your blog, tell us! Contact us on Twitter, via email, via this blog, whatever. If you are quick (that means 25th of November) your content might be included with the Advent Calendar, including a short paragraph about you and your blog.

And of course, please feel free to tell us what you think of the project, of the 1-pagers, and so on.

Ask people for their best project

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While reading through a project management book I came across a very simple, but also very efficient trick regarding changing people’s behavior for the better: asking them what their best project was.

I was reading “How to Change the World” from Jurgen Appelo when I came across an interesting story how to get people to tell their best practices. Appelo himself their mentions a discussion with a Scrum coach who tells him to ask people for their best project, to let them tell stories how everything went, what was good, and so on.

First of all, I like the idea because it puts the people in story telling mode. In such a mode they do not try to fit their experiences in any pre-structured form and they don’t have a pressure to fulfill any expectations, a problem that can come up if they have to answer questions. Second, they just tell their own experiences from their own point of view – and together with it, as Appelo outlines, their best practices. That way you can get a pretty good idea of how the people think, what they expect and what actually works for them. In other words, this way you will learn about working practices and approaches they experienced themselves.

The next step is naturally: if you are entering a running project, or planning a new one, ask them what has to change in the project so that it becomes as successful as the one they have just told you about. It is a very simple, but also pretty efficient step towards more modern and flexible project management, which is very, very important in IT projects.