Investigation

Mistake proofing your process

Analyzing a process to find where the errors are

Capability growth · Observations

Why are people backing away from agile? Theory one – losing sight of craftsmanship

Agile approaches are great and I even tell my friends to use them. But recently I have noticed some organisations backing away from their agile implementations. It got scarier when I noticed that Ron Jeffries, one of the original signatories to the Agile Manifesto, wrote an article titled "Developers should abandon agile." It's a good… Continue reading Why are people backing away from agile? Theory one – losing sight of craftsmanship

Capability growth · Observations

What does an agile coach actually do – is it really that simple?

In my last article, I explained what I think agile coaches do in practice. But I did not reveal some of the complications and messy bits that get in the way of adopting the model in any sensible way. So in this article I will explore some of the complexities and messy bits. Where we… Continue reading What does an agile coach actually do – is it really that simple?

Capability growth · Observations

Extending the coaching agreement – what do agile coaches actually do?

In my last article, I discussed what I think is NOT actually agile coaching. This time I will tackle the tougher challenge - what does a good agile coach actually do? A quick word of warning though - this simple question seems to have resulted in a long article. I apologise for not making this… Continue reading Extending the coaching agreement – what do agile coaches actually do?

Agile development · Arguing · Capability growth · Observations

Extending the coaching agreement – when is an agile coach not an agile coach?

I was talking to some experienced agile people and we started to discuss "agile coaching." We agreed that it was a great idea and that everyone should have an agile coach. But then we realised that we did not mean the same thing when we said "coach." We did agree on some things, like being able… Continue reading Extending the coaching agreement – when is an agile coach not an agile coach?

Agile fables · Capability growth

Jason’s coaching journey. The mysterious cheat sheet

The mysterious cheat sheet In this long read, we continue to learn about Jason and his experience as an agile coach. In this episode Jason and Sonja stumble on some useful tips for coaches when they stumble on a coaching cheat sheet left behind by one of the ancient coaches and they learn some great… Continue reading Jason’s coaching journey. The mysterious cheat sheet

Agile fables · Capability growth

Jason’s coaching journey – the struggling coaches

Some context before we start This is the second in a series of long articles about Jason, who is an agile coach. In the last episode, Jason was coaching away happily when suddenly it all came crashing down. In this episode we look at how he reacts and how his friend Sonja tries to help… Continue reading Jason’s coaching journey – the struggling coaches

Capability growth

Coaching when they will do the wrong thing

My last couple of articles have been about presenting ideas so that people listen to what you are saying. But what happens if you explain something to people and then they decide to do the wrong thing anyway? Of course it is possible that you were wrong and that they are right. But what if… Continue reading Coaching when they will do the wrong thing

Agile development · Capability growth · Leading change

Notes from the secret agile playbook, creating a coaching agreement

I have been working with some good coaches recently, but the were not very comfortable with the agile paperwork and coaching bureaucracy areas of coaching. One of the crew asked if I had a copy of a coaching agreement that I could share and I told them agreements are critical and great. Then they asked… Continue reading Notes from the secret agile playbook, creating a coaching agreement

Capability growth

Rough example of a coaching contract

I promised a couple of people that I would provide a sample coaching contract, along the lines of what I use when I am engaged in agile coaching.  so here is one I prepared earlier, aligned to coaching a specific person. coaching contract example What is it? The coaching contract is a simple agreement between… Continue reading Rough example of a coaching contract