Yes indeed, Catalysts has moved, but that doesn’t mean we are gone, we just moved to our new website
together with our partners from Crisp Research to do the same things we used to do in an improved way. We still do great software and we are still great people, more or less only the color has changed except from our domain 😉

Leading and Coaching

Christopher Avery’s Workshop “Leading and Coaching People To Take Responsibility and Demonstrate Ownership” was the best that I’ve attended for a long time (on April 19th in Vienna).

My summary: it is the next important piece on our way to “High-Performance Teams”.
Since the topic is so relevant to us, we’ve asked Christopher Avery to hold that workshop in Linz in fall:

  • For whom: all who work in teams; but actually all who want to live more fulfilled life
  • When: November 5th, 2012, whole day
  • Where: seminar rooms of Hotel Kolping, easily reachable via public transportation, see map, a few underground parking lots are available for 10 Euro
  • Further information and registration: on Christopher Avery’s web page
  • What does it cost: regularly 497 USD

Since we’re hosting this workshop, we can offer our friends an early registration discount of 40%: if you register with the Coupon Code “Linz40” until end of August, you will only have to pay around 300 USD, or around 240 EUR, which can be the hell of an investment.

Why do I think that this workshop is so valuable?

So far the pillars of our success of Catalysts have been:
1. Agile Software Development (XP, Scrum, TDD, Lean, etc.)
If you deliver projects in a waterfall manner with detailed specifications on a fixed-price basis, you will typically work on irrelevant features for more than half of your time
Waste through Fixed-Price Projects
=> that’s why we’ve been developing in an agile way for years

2. Theory of Constraints (Bill Dettmer, Eli Goldratt) and Lean Startup (Eric Ries)
If you have a new business Idee and craft a business plan, you often stick to your plan much longer than you should.
=> that’s why we break down a new business idea into itsgoal and critical success factors in form of a goal pyramid (IO-Map from the Theory of Constraints), test the underlying hypotheses experimentally (Lean Startup) and focus on overcoming any obstacles (Theory of Constraints)

The new pillar is:
3. Christopher Avery’s “Responsibility Process
During daily collaboration, a lot of time and energy is wasted if you don’t dig to the roots of problems
=> you have to get from “who has done that?” (Lay Blame) und “the client wanted it that way!” (Justify) to the goal state where you consciously learn from problems, and use all your capabilities and creativity in a positive way
Christopher Avery's Responsibility Process

Jump at the opportunity and register right away on Christoph Avery’s web page

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