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An Agile Coach, a writer, a golf player and a creative mind

Photos by the author; background from canva

Welcome to my profile page! I was born in Hamburg in 1973, studied business administration. I currently live near Frankfurt, and work as a freelancer.

Work

I am interested in many different topics, and this is reflected in my work.

🎯 As an Agile Coach and Scrum Master, I support companies, teams, and product owners to achieve better results. I have been working in software development since 2000.
In the last six years, I have been particularly involved in introducing agility (e.g., Scrum, Kanban, SAFe), agile coaching, agile requirements management (user stories, product backlog, prioritization, stakeholder management), and training. …


Photo of the book “The Flipchart Coach”
Photo of the book “Der Flipchart Coach”; Photo by the author, background from canva.com

I like to paint, but my paintings are more abstract art. To illustrate something on a flip chart or whiteboard, on the other hand, has always been difficult for me. That changed when I discovered the book “The Flipchart Coach” a few years ago.
It is unfortunately only available in German, but the text is not so important as the graphics. And there are a lot of illustrations and examples in the book. The “round stick figures” are dear to my heart, and I use them on many occasions. …


And this is the reason why criticism annoys me

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For a few months now, I’ve been writing on Medium and also publishing in various publications. I’ve noticed that I react very sensitively to specific critical feedback from editors. So I’ve asked myself: Why?

Reactions from editors

Reactions to drafts I proposed varied widely:

  1. Accepted without comment,
  2. accepted with nice, motivating words,
  3. rejected without comment or standard sentence,
  4. rejected because it does not fit the publication,
  5. request to change the title,
  6. changes made by editors without consultation (image, title),
  7. peer review with a lot of comments and requests for changes (would have changed 60–70% of my story).

I can live very well with…


And how to set them

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A few days ago, a Scrum Master working on the same project asked me: “What is your main goal as a Scrum Master with your two teams for the next three months?”
That is an interesting question and not so easy to answer.

However, I want

  • the team members to be happy,
  • increase self-organization,
  • improve quality and
  • achieve faster time-to-market.

Does a Scrum Master need goals at all? He is part of the Scrum Team. Is the Sprint Goal, then his goal, and his job to identify impediments that potentially jeopardize the Sprint Goal and help eliminate them?

My curiosity…


Why the promises of the 80/20 rule are a time management lie

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In time management literature, you can often read that the Pareto principle says that you get 80% of the results with 20% of the effort. It sounds seductive, and that’s probably one reason this rule is cited so often.
Who doesn’t wish they could do that? Imagine you currently have an annual income of 100,000 USD and work 40 hours a week for it. Wouldn’t it be great to work only 8 hours a week and still earn 80,000 USD? But is this realistic? Just ask your boss whether he would go for it. …


Do extraverted and introverted attitudes really matter?

A few days ago, I saw a post on LinkedIn with a job ad: “Extroverted Agile Coach wanted.” My first thought: “WTF!” I’m an agile coach and an introvert. But then it made me curious. Maybe there are good reasons. Perhaps they already have many introverted Agile Coaches on the team and want a good mix? Maybe they have had bad experiences with introverted Agile Coaches. I asked them, but unfortunately, I did not get an answer.

What is introversion/extroversion?

Carl Gustav Jung introduced 1921 the terms introversion and extroversion in personality psychology. …


10 simple tips for freelancers to attract more potential customers

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An exciting and meaningful LinkedIn profile is more likely to attract potential clients than one that is only half-heartedly maintained. Many videos show how to improve your LinkedIn profile. However, it also takes a lot of time to find these videos, watch them and then implement the suggestions.

Here’s a list of ten tips that are easy and quick to implement:

Tip 1: Profile Photo: Make your profile more personal and upload a photo. To do this, click on Profile Photo. Use a portrait photo and a monochrome background that matches the color of the background image. There are…


Create with a bit of customization the perfect board for your next remote planning

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In the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), PI Planning is one of the significant events.

“Program Increment (PI) Planning is a cadence-based, face-to-face event that serves as the heartbeat of the Agile Release Train (ART), aligning all the teams on the ART to a shared mission and vision.”

PI Planning is where the teams plan the following PI. A PI is a timebox (8–12 weeks) in which an Agile Release Train delivers value incrementally.
PI Planning typically takes two days, and all members of the ART are involved. That fosters communication between team members and stakeholders, aligns development with business goals…


Five Tips For Freelancers

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Are you also one of those freelancers who sometimes feel frustrated and dissatisfied and then think:

  • “Another one of those poorly organized projects where nothing is progressing.”
  • “I’m just too tired to take care of marketing and sales on top of the daily project work, and now I’m in a right mess: the project is over and no new client in sight.”
  • “For years now, I’ve been doing the same thing. I would so love to take on a different role, but somehow it doesn’t work out.”

Just complaining and hoping that things will get better on their own doesn’t…

Britta Ollrogge, MBA

I write on Self Improvement 🌱, Productivity 🎯, and Agile Product Development 🏄. My goal is to provide Inspiration.💡https://www.britta-ollrogge-consulting.de

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