Agile Thinking and Guidance

When They Say No, Reduce The Ask by Half

March 26, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS In an earlier lesson (1 or 2 back from this one) I told how to keep reducing the ask by 1/2 until they say yes.  I was indirect there. So, let me me explicit here.. In general, teaching in a formal classroom is overrated. You are set up as the authority, and doing most of the talking. Most good ...

I Want To Write the Story

March 19, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS If you impose a framework- ANY framework-- on a team, you can expect weak results and disengagement. No one wants to play a game that they MUST play. A game where the beginning, middle and end of the story is written, by...someone else. If, on the other hand, you explain that the story is yet-to-be-written, and invite everyone to ...

Encourage Executives To Encourage Experimentation

March 18, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS Your executives are the “always on”, constant emitters of extremely important signals, whether they believe this is true or not. Every little signal gets scrutinized and interpreted. Every little signal, intended or not. Welcome to leadership. The “higher-ups” are higher-ups because they have more formal authority than others in the group. Anyone with substantial formal authority must pay attention ...

Problem? What Problem?

March 16, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile   |   Comments Off»



Here is a list of Tweets I sent out on Sunday March 15 2015. I posted these in response to some Agile coaching folks, folks who expressed serious doubt that "imposed Agile" or "mandatory Agile practices" actually represents a serious, pervasive, BIG problem for the Agile movement... You can click through each Tweet, to see the actual source of the quote.....there's ...

The Virtue of Coercion

March 09, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Building a World,Culture Hacking   |   Comments Off»



Is coercion a VIRTUE? Someone has proposed a session for the Agile2015 conference entitled: "The Virtue of Coercion" ...it goes like this....quoting: "...There almost no chance of Agile transformation without the imposition of Agile practices on teams. Pushing Agile practices on teams is the primary way to obtain lasting enterprise-wide Agile adoptions. "...in this session we present 4 years of data proving that employee ...

Open Space Tells The Story

February 25, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS Everyone wants to know the story. Open Space tells that story. Open Space is a very lightly scripted drama. There are 3 roles. First, authority stands up, in a role called Sponsor. The Sponsor tells the story of the issues and opportunities the group is actually facing, and makes sure everyone feels welcome and safe. They do this by ...

Start in Open Space

February 24, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS The Open Space meeting format provides a wonderful way to get a rapid and lasting Agile adoption. The basic idea here is that Open Space provides a direct experience in self-management and self-organization. Instead of talking about it, we simply DO IT. After an experience in Open Space the executives get a sense of how a great Agile ...

Practices Change; Principles Don’t

February 21, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS Ask 20 people what Agile is, and you might get 21 answers. This is no way to start. You must start with the Manifesto as the definition of Agile if you want to have any chance at all of being successful encouraging an “Agile transformation.” First things first. Take for example the Manifesto principle “Welcome changing requirements, even late in development.” This ...

Invite Facilitation

February 20, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS You must not only deliver excellent facilitation- you must also model it. You must constantly invite people in the organization to learn the art of facilitation by watching you, and by doing it. And by being mentored by you. The people who actually accept your invitation to participate in learning facilitation are the people who will help shape the new ...

Your Authoritative Style Kills Self-Organization

February 17, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS It is important for Agile coaches to understand that coaching is an exercise in authority dynamics. Contrary to popular belief, it is not enough for some C-level person (someone capable of signing off on a big check) to authorize you. The teams you coach must actually consent to being coached.   Repeat: consent to being coached. It is important to ...

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