One thing that defines good agile teams is the habit of "learning from feedback." This idea is not something agile teams invented though, even if it is core to being agile. I imagine that cavemen gave each other feedback on their hunting and gathering techniques and continually improved, as measured by not being hungry and… Continue reading Should we do a PIR?
Agile coaches – special forces or catering corps?
I was talking to someone recently about becoming an agile coach. I am an agile coach so I told them that coaching is a cool thing to do and agile is a cool thing to be involved in. Annoyingly though, they are already agile and their team is already working well as a unit. They… Continue reading Agile coaches – special forces or catering corps?
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
Introducing ideas when you need more credibility
In my last post I talked about presenting new ideas to people in workshops . But sometimes you need to be a little bit more convincing – Especially if you do not yet have credibility with the group or if your idea might by challenging what people currently think. Let’s say for example, that you… Continue reading Introducing ideas when you need more credibility
Is it really that hard to learn agile?
I work with people going agile. Sometimes it is an awesome experience and sometimes it is quite depressing. For example, I worked with some good, experienced people a while back. They were were pretty sad before I turned up and pretty happy that I came to help them. This is the part of the agile… Continue reading Is it really that hard to learn agile?
“What why how” coaching for skills
I recently wrote an article on coaching where I suggested building a toolkit of different approaches to use when coaching people and teams in different things. This is my (very basic) tool for teaching a skill - it is called "what why how". I use it when I want to help someone develop a specific skill… Continue reading “What why how” coaching for skills
Would you prefer coaching or coaching?
I ran an agile coaching course recently and, naturally, we spoke a lot about coaching. 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… Continue reading Would you prefer coaching or coaching?