Agile methods, such as Scrum or SAFe, rely on continuous improvement (e.g. in SAFe Rentless Improvement). Thus, a regular retrospective is planned in which the team asks itself what went well, what could go better, and derives concrete improvement measures.

But everyone knows how it is: unplanned risks, deliveries are delayed … so you decide this one time, yes just today, to skip the retrospective. I mean as I remember, actually, everything went quite well in the last sprint. And next time I will take more time for it….. yeah who am I kidding?

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To skip the retro…

To be managed well is the greatest gift you can get

Are conversations with your manager troublesome time killers that you have to prepare to maybe create visibility? Or do you actually only talk to her once every quarter? Do you and your colleagues roll their eyes when your manager comes around the corner (back in the office times)?

What if those things weren’t true? What if your manager would be the greatest source of your development? What if you would look forward to your one-on-ones? What would happen if your manager actually managed you?


What is the job of a manager? In her book The Making of A Manager…

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel, goes the popular saying.”
― Julie Zhuo, The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You

As a team lead, I now feel the most valuable time spend is the time in which I actively engage with my team. However, when I first started I was afraid of the one-on-on I needed to lead. I was unsure what to talk about and worried about wasting everybody’s time. …

You do a little bit of everything to create a product that meets the needs of the user and the business

No two days of being a product owner are the same. Yes, that’s true for many jobs, but for me working as a PO this has been especially revealing. If you are looking for a step-by-step guide, this role might not be for you. However, when I am talking to aspiring product owners, or reflect on my work, I usually can give an overview of reoccurring tasks.

This does not mean that the tasks are poorly or even undefinable, but that the variety is extensive. You do a little bit of everything to create a product that meets the needs…

Utilizing a sleek set-up to manage my Yearly, Quaterly, Weekly & Daily Tasks from private and professional live

Studying for admission tests for a Computer Science Master in parallel to my job as a Product Manager showed me that I needed to step up my game.

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A few note pads, loose paper, sticky notes and reminders in my phone... Even though I’m a structured person, I never had to organize my tasks and time. It has always worked out somehow.

But earlier this year, I promised myself that I would finally tackle my Master’s this year. My dream was to get a Master’s in Computer Science & Business Technology at ie University. For this I had to achieve…

How I learned the true significance of circumstances, to-do lists & planned dependencies

This year I kicked off with working on a dream I had for a while: self-converting a van into a camper. What I did not expect: how much this experienced improved my understanding of my own job. These are the three things self-coveting a van taught me about being a Product Owner.

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1. Circumstances are as important as the vision

Having a dream, a vision, or a goal is important. Nevertheless, what I deem to be even more important is considering the circumstances you are in. When I am in a planning session with my team or in meetings with my stakeholders, a lot of time is spent…

Nora Tombers

Product Manager 🚀. Women in Tech 💪. Leadership 🎯. Building a Van 🚐. Reading, Learning, Growing.📚

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