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Implicit SF: "The 4L’s: A Retrospective Technique"

Maybe you remember that in the past I referred in some if my SOL-blogs to methods and techniques outside the "SF Community" which have strong similarities with SF without labeling themselves as "SF".

Here is one more of such a piece:

The 4L’s: A Retrospective Technique

The L's are standing for:

  • We liked it when a good thing took on a life of its…

Posted on June 25, 2010 at 15:30

One more "implicit SF": Using Innovation Games as Retrospective Activities

Just now I found this blog. It is one more proof, that a lot of "SF" is done without naming it "SF" or even be aware that it is "SF-like".

I don't worry about this ... it works and persons are happy with it ....

Here is the blog:

Of course, the first step ("speed boat")… Continue

Posted on June 11, 2010 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Finding The Next Steps Towards The Future: How 25 persons started to develop their organisation in half a day.

At the same time when SOL 2010 happened in Bucharest I supported a workshop in Austria - which was one of the reasons why I couldn't attend SOL 2010 (which I regret - especially after having read all those appreciating comments about…


Posted on May 30, 2010 at 14:46

Using What Works: Combining Solution Focus and Agile in work and personal life

Colinda de Beer recently posted in the SOLUTION-List:

In my job as a software development manager I try to combine Agile and SF wherever I can. I recently started a blog to share what works for me in combining SF and Agile.

You can find it at :…

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 10:23

for German listeners: "Neue Wege des Lehrens und Lernens" (New ways of teaching and learning)

This lecture is (IMHO) a diamond:

Prof. Dr.Rolf Arnold (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Fachbereich Sozialwissenschaften, Fachgebiet Pädagogik) presents a very inspiring speech about systemic-constructivistic learning with a lot of synergies with SF:

Erwachsene lernen zwar in…

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 0:30 — 1 Comment

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At 14:22 on October 13, 2010, michael cardus said…
i read your comment and have decided to remove the post.
My intention on sharing it is that I am proud of the program I created utilizing solutions focus with a group of 95 lawyers. I felt others in the community would like to read about an experiential way that I guided a large group through a solutions process, to develop their future steps for change within the organization.
I agree the "marketing" language was strong...perhaps too strong.
My goals on sol-world are to learn, share and add to the content & learning that takes place. If I have violated some "norm" of sol-world it was not done intentially.
The motivation is just to share. Plus the people on this site are not likely to buy or hire me. So the idea of marketing here is just silly.
The intention was to share.

At 23:15 on October 19, 2009, Shakya said…
Yes, I agree very much with your comments - how affirmation is better if its more specific and "grounded". In terms of quality of affirmation I'd say this is about 4 on the scale - but I still like the idea..... and it does seem to work really well in its context!!
At 8:04 on January 25, 2009, Monika Houck said…
Hello Hans-Peter. Full of appreciation for your enthousiasm and inspiration - around impro and agile. Hope to see you soon. Monika
At 10:29 on October 29, 2008, erika krenn-neuwirth said…
Hallo HansPeter!
Endlich habe ich mir die Zeit genommen um deinem Agilitythema nachzuspüren, bin schon auf deinen Kongressbeitrag gespannt, habe vor nach Holland zu kommen.Freu mich auf ein Wiedersehen, vielleicht in Wien liebe Grüße aus Graz erika
At 17:59 on September 9, 2008, Marco Ronzani said…
Lieber Hans Peter. War schön, dich bei der SBB zu sehen und mit dir zu essen. Bald wieder. Herzlich Marco
At 7:44 on June 24, 2008, Coert Visser said…
thanks, I've got them and I'll look at the site
At 23:01 on June 23, 2008, Coert Visser said…
Hi Hans-Peter,
Gernot Stoeger told me about the technique of Playground for teamsolutions about which I am curious. He suggested to ask you for more information about this because he'd learned it from you. So, could you tell me what it is? It sounds playful... sounds like something I might like to use..
Thanks in advance,
At 13:22 on May 28, 2008, Liselotte Baeijaert said…
hello Hans Peter,
I just read a nice acronym for "agile" on the training-ideas yahoo group. I thought it might interest you!
It's a posting from Vic Williams:

For /me/ a process or project is "Agile" if it exhibits a certain set of what I consider to be "key characteristics" of Agility:

* (A)DAPTIVE: adapting/responding to change rather than predictive/plan-driven

* (G)OAL-VALUE-DRIVEN: focus is on tangible working end-results that
deliver operational value for the business

* (I)TERATIVE/INCREMENTAL: work in short feedback & learning loops at multiple levels of scale (e.g., task/implementation, team/integration, iteration, and release)

* (L)EAN: minimizes waste & intermediate artifacts to increase
throughput and smooth-out flow

* (E)MERGENT behavior: self-organization/regulation emerges out of
simple rules and guidelines for intense collaboration/interaction and
continual reflective improvement (this applies both to [emergent]
designs and the teams that create them)

Modified a bit from what Brad Appleton just emailed at
B.t.w. If you google brad appleton, you find much more about the subject!
At 23:53 on May 23, 2008, Kamila Novakova said…
Hallo, Hans-Peter,
it is very nice to hear from you. I would be pleased to follow your contributions at List, although I prefer the "ning-thing" as I found it to be more personal.
Anyway, I can understad that it could be less confortable due its wideness and not easy logic of following news. I hope it will stettle down in short time.
I think people will join groups related to mainstreem topic to work together, and specific issues will be discussed in blogs. Anyway, the beginnings are allways connected with lot of rumour, so it is not too helpfull to create rules of using... Maybe in future the amount of groups will be reduced spontaneously - simply for the lack of contributors and/or followers, the same way as new group are now created.
As I can see, lot of people joined not only one group, so I suppose they will point out if some discussion will be common to more groups, what could support easier orientation on this site.
Thank you for your offer to arrange a call on e-learning. I am affraid it could be not too convient for you, as for me it is easier to follow written communication then spoken one, anyway it is possible to do. Or, perhaps using of ICQ could help? If you are interested, I'll send you my number.
Best wishes, Kamila
At 0:30 on May 22, 2008, Kamila Novakova said…
Hallo Hans-Peter,
I was really impressed by your investigations on trivial and non-trivial systems. May I ask you if you are going to start any agility-related discussion or blog?
I'd be pleased to join in, as I am interested in mutual contributions of system theories and the SF approach.
And haven't you heard about anybody experienced in e-learning or e-development? If so, please let me know, I really wonder, how does it work. Thank you.
Best wishes, Kamila




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