Archive for 'Reflections'

Why Coaching Matters

Posted on 01. Nov, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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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 Michael Spayd.

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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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Coaching Circles, Mentor Groups & Masterminds

Posted on 18. Apr, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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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, mentor [...]

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The Tao of Scrum (complete)

Posted on 08. Apr, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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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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Tao of Scrum (II)

Posted on 31. Jan, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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This is the second of three posts, inspired by the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing). The basic rules, in this Taoist-like format, are a kind of Ri (expert or master) version of Scrum. In this post are the second five rules, defining the events or ceremonies of Scrum.
The Tao of Events
Release Planning defines what [...]

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The Tao of Scrum

Posted on 23. Jan, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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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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