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 as short and to the point as it should be, but at least I have warned you.
I have been publishing a couple of suggestions for dealing with “catastrophes” and also “minor impediments” with agile teams. In each case I either shared some questions or put some boxes on a wall.
In the last two articles, I stole someone else’s simple approach and re-framed it as a problem solving or “catastrophe” re-framing approach. But this time I thought I would share an approach I came up with myself – I call it “The doctor is in.”
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 tips to use when coaching.
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 you are sure that they are about to do the wrong thing and that it will hurt them when they do?
The care factor
When people are about to make a mistake, I often stop to ask myself how much I care.
If I don’t care much what they do then I can just keep my mouth shut
Sometimes I have found myself arguing with people when I really should just let them make their own call and move on. So one of the things that I am still working on is to avoid expressing an opinion where there is no need to. Instead, a good coach is one who let’s people form their own opinions.
But what if I do care that the person I am coaching is going to make a mistake and I think I should tell them?