First summary of my Kanban kick-off training

As posted before, I attended a one-day Kanban kick-off training held by Dr. Klaus Leopold from LEANability. I have to think it over a few more times, but I can definitely say that I found it very interesting. As other methods, Kanban itself does not solve fundamental problems you might face in your organisation – such as lacking motivation, unclear goals, changing priorities and things like that. What it does, is to provide lots of transparency which helps you to find problems in your working process. I am going to sum up my notes and write another blog entry in the following days!

How not to lead geeks

Great article, which I found in the LinkedIn news feed of a former colleague of mine that shows the ten worst mistakes you can make when working with developers. In my opinion, this article can be very useful for anybody working in the IT sector, e.g. managers, project or product managers, scrum masters, etc. For me, it summarizes what leadership is generally about: Have clear goals, explain them to other people in a language they understand, show them why it is important to achieve this goal, why their personal contribution is really needed, show real and honest interest in their profession, interests as well as their problems etc. Here you can find the article from Alexander Kjerulf: How not to lead geeks

Learning Spanish … first update

As I told you recently, I started to learn Spanish and made my first baby steps as I am now able to introduce myself in three different ways, telling people how I am usally called by others, telling people what my favorite nickname is, greeting other people and so on – as I said, it’s still baby steps but I will be holding on and keep you updated about my progress. ;-)

Android claims 75% marketshare in Q3/2012

Googles mobile OS Android is more successful than ever, as recent sales figures show: According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), 75% of all phones sold in Q3/2012 worldwide had Android as their operating systems. Although Nokia is putting great efforts into new products and heavily advertises their Windows Phone 8 devices, sales are still dramatically low at a 2% market share in the same period of time. Let’s see if the distribution of Windows 8 on PCs and tablets will boost sales of devices with the mobile operating system – to be honest, I hardly believe it.

Learning Spanish

I wanted to start learning Spanish for quite a long time. Now I finally bought a basic language course as well as an advanced language course on DVD – let’s see how this works out … I’ll keep you updated.

Mobile communication in Austria, part 2: Most important criteria for making your smartphone users happy

Part two of my series on mobile communication in Austria with several other interesting facts! Today I am going to summarize what makes smartphone users happy and what annoys them – please note that multiple answers were possible in the survey! The majority of users (54%) was unhappy with long loading times. This is a topic I can definitely confirm! Pages which are not optimized for mobile use annoy 48% of the smartphone users, followed by too little screen sizes with 44%, too expensive roaming fees with 27% and too complex handling with 20%. So, let’s summarize this! Always keep in mind to provide your smartphone users with a website clearly optimized for mobile devices that needs as little resources as possible – users love fast page load times. Furthermore, have your mobile website or application tested by your target group at an early stage. By doing that, you can make sure that your product meets the customers expectations and still be able to make adaptions with reasonable efforts. My personal favorite of a high quality mobile website that combines all the positive criteria mentioned above is http://m.chevrolet.com – have a look and make up your own opinion! Source: Mobile Communication Report 2012 from the Mobile Marketing Association, study made by mindtake Research, sample size = 1.001 people.

Mobile communication in Austria, part 1: Use of smartphones, spread of brands and operating systems

Today I came across a highly interesting study about mobile communication in Austria. It’s not only interesting but also brand-new as it has been published just a week ago. Most important facts in a nutshell: 69% of the Austria population up to 59 years of age already own a smartphone. The highest penetration of smartphone users among a certain age range can be found within people from 20 to 29 years, where 85% own a smartphone at the moment. Of course I expected the percentage in this age range to be quite high – let’s say around 70 to 75% – but I was really suprised to learn that it is that high. Another finding: Samsung dominates the Austrian smartphone market at the moment: 40% of all smartphones currently used were produced by the well-known South-Korean company. Second place goes to Apple with 22%, HTC comes third with 11%. Third finding: 53% of all smartphones used in Austria run Android as their operating system, second is Apples iOS which is installed on 22% of all devices. Source: Mobile Communication Report 2012 from the Mobile Marketing Association, study made by mindtake Research, sample size = 1.001 people. Here you can find the study: http://startmobile.mmaaustria.at/html/img/pool/2012_MMA_Communication_Report_kostenfreie_Praesentation.pdf