Maybe our definition of coach is too narrow

Some time ago, I was wondering why I was noticing people moving away from agile approaches (and cultures). One of my theories was that people were neglecting “craftsmanship” when coaching agile teams. I am an agile coach and I often explain to people that agile coaching is about helping teams build the capability to interact better together and better adapt to change. I also say that we are all about helping people discover, pursue and share value. Alas, some stakeholders thing that agile coaching is really about implementing agile best practices from the big agile book of correct behaviour. But … Continue reading Maybe our definition of coach is too narrow

Keeping people on track in meetings

Some people have amazing leadership skills such as communicating a clear vision or aligning people to a cause. I did not receive those awesome gifts, but I did inherit a super power that often comes in handy – managing Bureaucracy. For example, I like to have meetings that are effective. This probably does not seem like a super power to you – but nor should meetings be a terrible curse. When people encounter Scrum, they are often shocked that there are so many meetings (OK we hide the fact by calling them ceremonies, events, rituals, celebrations or something, but they … Continue reading Keeping people on track in meetings

How would a teacher assess our agile teams (part 2)

Previously in “teachers assessing agile teams” In my previous post, I derived a lightweight model for building team and product metrics from the Kirkpatrick model, which is normally used to assess training effectiveness. A key theme was that we should think about what, specifically, we want to learn from our metrics before adopting any typical “agile,” or “product” metrics out of the box. The result was a series of questions that you would want to use your metrics to answer. The questions are, similar to the Kirkpatrick model, taken from different levels or perspectives. But you do not need to … Continue reading How would a teacher assess our agile teams (part 2)

How would a teacher assess our agile teams (part 1)?

I have been thinking about how we measure our performance and how we track our goals at work. Specifically, I want to look at how we would use assessment in the teams that are customer focused, product led and/or agile. There are plenty of good books in each of these domains and they have a lot of good techniques, tips and even philosophical concepts to help me. However, many of the books seem to look only at product metrics or only at agile delivery. So I thought that I would take a step back an look at what these teams … Continue reading How would a teacher assess our agile teams (part 1)?