The great thing about agile coaching is that you are helping people to help themselves. So if you get some traction, then people usually enjoy the journey and start to build momentum. Then they help themselves (with your support) and you can clearly see the value of your effort.
But it is not always as straight forward as that.
Once upon a time an agile coach faced a setback …
This article, and some others called “Jason’s coaching journey”, are a long read.
The article is a mythical story of how an agile coach found himself on a journey that turned into a real struggle.
As we learn about Jason’s journey, we will also look at whether, if we were coaching him, we could help him get back on track.
We ran through a lot of different techniques and approaches to coaching people in agile teams, but we discovered that both “coaching” and “agile” might mean different things to different people in different teams.
Then someone asked how they would know when to apply different approaches to coaching. The answer we came up with was:
“It depends who you are coaching and what they are hoping to achieve.”
That left people a little confused about how and when to apply different techniques. So we came up with the following diagram that might help (although I have added a couple of bits based on previous conversations with people).