User Story Mapping

I read a wonderful book, User Story Mapping by Jeff Patton. If you are a Product Manager in an Agile environment and are to read only one book, then make it this one. It is not only eye-opening, insightful and full of content, it is also funny. I laughed and learned a lot. What is … Continue reading User Story Mapping

Self Compassion

If you are like me, you also lack self-compassion. It means you do not love yourself enough and accept yourself the way you are. Probably you are also a perfectionist which goes hand in hand. Ironically, you can be a very compassionate person to others. You can feel their pain as well as pleasure, have … Continue reading Self Compassion

My/Your Next Job

I now have been in an intensive process of looking for a job, applying, interviewing etc. Much reflection and experience have accumulated, which I want to share. I hope it helps you if you are going through the same process. Here is what I learned for myself: Knowing who you are: It is as simple … Continue reading My/Your Next Job

Would You Do a PhD?

It has been 5 years since I completed my PhD. After a very long time, this morning I returned to my thesis to read the Acknowledgements section I wrote back then to feel and understand why I chose to do a PhD. At this very moment, I can only say I am a happy and lucky … Continue reading Would You Do a PhD?

The New Life – Sun and Clouds over Barcelona

It was a lovely Friday. All sunny and happy as every day has been in Barcelona. The day before the Sitges Tango Festival had started. It is an old famous festival known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, utmost Mediterranean. I had wanted to go there for many years but there had always been something that hindered. … Continue reading The New Life – Sun and Clouds over Barcelona

The New Life – Days in Barcelona II

This is now my third week in Barcelona. Time is going with the wind. Everything still feels right and in place. I am getting up in the morning without worrying about the weather. Without the feeling of missing out on something by staying at home. It is a relief. I am taking each day as … Continue reading The New Life – Days in Barcelona II

The New Life – Before Barcelona

What happened that I came to Barcelona? As exciting as it sounds, I really didn't decide it overnight. It has been a long process of thinking, checking with myself and calculating whether and what is doable. My life in Munich was what many would consider perfect. I had a well-paid job, a nice apartment in a … Continue reading The New Life – Before Barcelona

The New Life – Days in Barcelona I

This is the name of a book by Orhan Pamuk, one of my favorite authors. The New Life. I never thought one day I would refer to my own life as such. My new life is very new. It is only one week old and it was born in Barcelona. Like any other newborn it is … Continue reading The New Life – Days in Barcelona I

Fear of Life by Alexander Lowen

"One day I read a book and my whole life changed". This is what Orhan Pamuk writes in his book "The New Life".  It is a difficult book, it cost me a lot of time and energy to understand it, if I did at all. But...Recently, I read a book.  My whole life changed. Well, … Continue reading Fear of Life by Alexander Lowen