Anfang Mai werden wir in Wiesbaden bei der Seibert Media zwei offene Trainings durchführen. Zum einen geht es um

Führen und Coachen von agilen Teams

Für erfahrene Führungskräfte, ScrumMaster, ProductOwner und Agile Coaches bietet dieses Training eine gute Grundlage für Ihre weitere Arbeit mit den Teams und im Unternehmen. Als Beeinflusser ohne “Macht” können die vorgestellten Methoden helfen, die selbst gesetzten Ziele mit weniger Widerstand zu erreichen.

Wir vermitteln vorwiegend jene Haltungen und Techniken aus unserem beruflichen Coaching, die bisher für uns und unsere Kunden in der Praxis hilfreich waren und machen diese für Sie und Ihre Themen nutzbar. Wir haben die Erfahrung gemacht, dass mit diesen Ansätzen die Führungsarbeit leichter und zugleich wirksamer wird.

und zum anderen um

Lösungsfokussierte Retrospektiven

In diesem praxis-orientierten Training erlernen und erleben Sie Retrospektiven so zu führen, dass Sie nachhaltige Veränderungen bewirken können. Schritt für Schritt stellen wir Ihnen unsere fünf Phasen einer erfolgreichen lösungsfokussierten Retrospektive vor und üben gemeinsam, um die Erkenntnis und Sicherheit zu vertiefen. Dazu vermitteln und nutzen wir erprobte Elemente aus dem Einzel- und Team-Coaching.

Wir freuen uns schon sehr auf die TeilnehmerInnen. Wenn Sie auch dabei sein wollen, melden Sie sich doch einfach über die jeweilige Website an.

I found the book Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life by Barbara Fredrickson very inspiring for my work as coach.

Positivity doesn’t mean to neglect problems but to truly feel positive emotions, like joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe and love. Research shows that positivity can prolong life, broadens the mind, builds good mental habits, social connections, creativity and resilience. She shows that a ratio of three positive emotions to one negative emotion is the tipping point to harvest the benefits of positivity. For teams, this ratio is 6:1 to flourish and to achieve high-productivity and customer satisfaction.

In the second part of the book, Barbara Fredrickson offers several ways to improve ones personal positivity level. For one, it helps to reduce negativity, for example by interrupting negative thinking, by checking ones media consumption, by reducing gossiping and sarcasm, and by dealing with negative people around you. Then one can increase positivity by finding positive meaning, by providing kindness, by following ones passion and dream about a better future, by applying ones strengths and connecting with others and with nature, and by opening ones mind and heart.

Most importantly, positivity feels good, it builds resources and resilience and everyone can raise their positivity ratio. Let’s do it!

For example, ask yourself every day: “What went well today?”, “What am I proud of that I achieved today?” and “What of the things I did helped others?” – “And what else?” for each of the questions…

OOP2014We are very glad to present our workshop on Solution-Focused Retrospectives in February 2014 at the OOP2014 conference in Munich. Please come and join us at this exciting conference.

The organizers offer 20% discount for all that register with the comment

“20% discount, registration via Ralph Miarka”.

Discounts apply to the regular price of the tickets (not early bird or alumni) and cannot be combined. The organizers will always give you the cheapest option.

Agile Tour 2013The Agile Tour Vienna 2013 takes place on October 11th, 2013. Like every year, I expect a buzz form all the people. Veronika and I will present three sessions:

We look forward to seeing you there.

Update: The event was great. So many interested people and good conversations all day long. Based on the feedback the participants enjoyed the Agile Tour Vienna 2013 too. Our session were generally perceived as “Very Good”. Here is a quote from a participant at our session “Solution Focused Retrospectives”:

Super Vortrag! Der “Leitfaden” und die Methoden sind direkt umsetzbar. Ich freu mich schon darauf unsere Retrospektiven neu zu strukturieren und sie zu einem wertvollen Tool zu machen.

Agile Tour 2012The Agile Tour Vienna 2012 took place on November 24th, 2012. I enjoyed the busy atmosphere and to meet so many people from the agile community in Vienna. The keynote by Jutta Eckstein provided some food for thought.

We offered a workshop on Solution Focused Retrospectives. We worked through some Goal Setting, Appreciation, Coaching Questions, the Principles from Solution Focus and Scaling as a tool. Our slides from our workshop are now available.

We like to thank the participants. Here is what they had to say about the workshop:

Excellent introduction and very useful tips and techniques to take home. Always a pleasure working with Ralph!

gut strukturiert und gute Inputs für die retrospektive

Great workshop! Good ideas I will definitely experiment with.

Hilfreiche sofort umsetzbare Techniken um erfolgreich mit Teams zu
arbeiten und sie dabei zu unterstützen, in wertschätzender Art und
Weise miteinander zu kommunizieren. Hätte gerne länger dauern
dürfen. ;-)

Outstanding, especially the group practice sessions.

wasn’t really focused on retrospectives

XP2012Rather soon I will travel to Malmö to attend the XP2012 conference. The program is packed with interesting talks and presentations. I look very much forward to it.

This year I will only have a short presentation, announcing the XP2013 in Vienna.

I hope to see you at XP2012. You can still register at


On April 19th, Christopher Avery provided his training on

Leading and Coaching People to take Responsibility and Demonstrate Ownership

I very much enjoyed it and so seemed all the other participants. The feedback was rather great. For example, Oana Juncu (Twitter: @ojuncu) wrote:

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the opportunities of useful insights that you offered us.
@Ralph : thanks for organizing the awesome venue!

I also had the chance to use this new insights in my practice when coaching people. A very valuable training. Thank you, Christopher, for such a great opportunity and for the fabulous cooperation.


responsibility process“Leading and Coaching People to take Responsibility and Demonstrate Ownership”- an exceptional workshop with Dr. Christopher Avery on April 19th, 2012, in Vienna, Austria

Would you like people around you to take more responsibility and demonstrate ownership? Do you want to know how to support your team with that? Do you feel overwhelmed or angry when teammates avoid responsibility?

Would you like to know how to master responsibility in your life for any situation?

If so, then you might be interested in the workshop

“Leading and Coaching People to take Responsibility and Demonstrate Ownership”

with Dr. Christopher Avery on April 19th, 2012, in Vienna.

Why should you participate in this highly interactive workshop?
Avery Bio

  • You will learn tools, activities and exercises to improve your ability to take and teach ownership behavior
  • You will understand and can explain why and how some people avoid ownership and why and how others take it
  • You gain a deeper understanding and can explain the connection between ownership behavior and success in any pursuit

Take responsibility and ownership of your own education and success and register today for this hands-on workshop

Register now

When: 19.4.2012, 9:00am
Where: Hilton Vienna, Am Stadtpark 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria

  • Early Bird: about 495 EUR (650 USD) until March 22nd, 2012
  • Normal: about 595 EUR (785 USD) after March 22nd, 2012

We look forward to welcome you personally to this workshop.

Dr. Christopher Avery is a renowned international speaker and consultant for Responsible Leadership, Teamwork and Change. His bestseller “Teamwork is an Individual Skill” sets new standards for leaders. You can find more information about Dr. Avery on his Homepage.

Software Quality Days 2012My former colleague Eva Kisonova and I presented at the Software Quality Days in Vienna about our work towards an agile systems development methodology (agileSEM) for Siemens CEE. This work aimed at supporting the organization to make sense of the new development approach and to support teams that wanted to become agile and feared restrictions by all the Siemens regulations. We are confident that our group of involved people provided a helpful guideline for the teams on how to apply agile principle, values and practices in their daily work. Feedback by the teams show that they used and valued agileSEM. Even CMMI assessors think it helps to increase quality and company learning though some assessors believe that more processes need to be documented.

Registered people can download our presentation. I like to thank all interested participants for their questions.

person A while ago I read the blog post Top 10 signs you are a Product Clerk and not a Product Owner. The author Eric Laramée postulates ten signs that tell whether a Product Owner is more like a Product Clerk.

I prefer questions. So I decided to reformulate the statements into questions:

  1. Have you ever used a similar product?
  2. Were you ever annoyed by the limits of the existing product (competing or not)?
  3. Do you understand more than the high level basics of the needed solution?
  4. Can you answer almost every question regarding the product yourself?
  5. Is your Product Backlog filled with horizontal and technical items?
  6. Does feedback mostly come from stakeholders during Sprint Reviews?
  7. Putting your foot down sounds like a feather hitting the floor?
  8. Are you able to quickly and convincingly state the Vision of “your” product?
  9. Do you call meeting after meeting and then a few more meetings with your development team when Mr. Stakeholder 2 overturned the request of Mr. Stakeholder 1, and then back again?
  10. Do you have a budget?

Bonus :
Do you have that twinkle in your eye when you talk about “your” product?

If you are a Product Owner (or Product Manager), how did you answer the questions?