November 14, 2022

Social aspects of teamwork with Jutta Eckstein

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Social aspects of teamwork with Jutta Eckstein
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Show Notes

In this episode, the conversation continues with Jutta Eckstein, an independent coach, consultant and trainer, based in Germany. 

In the first part, she shares-

  • Her origin story as a product engineer
  • Transition from an engineer to a coach
  • The importance of listening

We continue the conversation with: 

  • In her initial explorations with organizations, one pattern she found is
  1. The understanding for leaders to introspect and understand their own responsibilities
  2. That it is not always only technical aspects, but also the social aspects
  • How having a common purpose helps in aligning team members together
  • Also creates a better buy-in and the work she had done with Diana Larsen on the book liftoff
  • How she finds and manages time to do so many things – liking her job and what she does!
  • Doing what she feels is important
  • The advice she got from Alistair Cockburn – what is the maximum money you want to make in a year?
  • Making time to help others, not for money, at least immediately
  • How she reconciles different perspectives she gets from her network – by keeping some ME time, doing yoga, exercises etc and not forgetting self care
  • Her thoughts on sustainability – that is her current passion as the planet is on fire
  • Social, environmental and economic pillars 
  1. Diversity, inclusion, accessibility, equity 
  2. Carbon footprint, waste
  3. Holistic picture of the product: is or product improving lives everywhere or in a limited area
  • The carbon impact of products during their lifecycle is more during the usage
  • How to find a balance between consuming more computing resources and the carbon footprint
  • Some career tips in the area of IT and sustainability

Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer. She has helped many teams and organizations worldwide to make an Agile transition. She has a unique experience in applying Agile processes within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects. Jutta has recently pair-written with John Buck a book entitled Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy (dubbed BOSSA nova). Besides that, she has published her experience in her books Agile Software Development in the Large, Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams, Retrospectives for Organizational Change, and together with Johanna Rothman Diving for Hidden Treasures: Uncovering the Cost of Delay in your Project Portfolio.

Jutta is a member of the Agile Alliance (having served the board of directors from 2003-2007) and a member of the program committee of many different American, Asian, and European conferences, where she has also presented her work. She holds a M.A. in Business Coaching & Change Management, a Dipl.Eng. (MSc.) in Product-Engineering, a B.A. in Education, and is trained as pollution control commissioner on ecological environmentalism.


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