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Why Coach Training Matters

Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by .


The week before last, I had the honor of supporting twenty Agile Coaches in taking a significant step in their development as coaches. Lyssa Adkins led the Coaching Agile Teams class from the front of the room, I led from the back, guardian of the space. It was a powerful experience for all of us! […]

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Why Coaching Matters

Posted on 01. Nov, 2010 by .


As I prepare to help my friend Lyssa Adkins conduct the Coaching Agile Teams class in San Francisco this week, I started reflecting on all this coaching stuff. ¬†Why does the ability to coach individual members of the project community–and the team as a whole–really matter? I sought inspiration in the core coaching competencies defined […]

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Courage, Convictions & Neutrality

Posted on 26. Aug, 2010 by .


I have been struck lately by two observations which are ironically related. One is when we as Agile Coaches want to persuade. We try to persuade our constituents and stakeholders to take certain actions, to be more Agile, to ‘really’do the practices, to be an Agile manager, to be an Agile enterprise. Mainly, we exhort […]

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Leadership coaching for agile managers & executives

Posted on 29. Jun, 2010 by .


Michael is excited to be starting a ¬†leadership coaching group for managers & executives engaged in Agile transformations. From the beginning of his Agile career, Michael has worked extensively with management and their unique perspective on the world of self-organized teams and the necessary changes to management assumptions that accompany an Agile transition. Managers making […]

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Coaching Circles, Mentor Groups & Masterminds

Posted on 18. Apr, 2010 by .


A colleague of mine, Bachan Anand, kindly recorded a brief interview with me about coaching circles. It is available on YouTube. Bachan and I have been working to start an Agile coach mentor group and after a few false starts, finally succeeded! The backstory here is my exploration of different ideas relating to coaching circles, […]

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The Tao of Scrum (complete)

Posted on 08. Apr, 2010 by .


Following was inspired by the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing). I was preparing to teach a new Agile team and wanted a simple version of the rules of Scrum. I started with the Scrum Guide, which I distilled down into 15 basic rules and 53 sub-rules. The basic rules, in this Taoist-like format, are […]

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