Agile Coaching Ethics

Embedded/”integrated” coaching

November 13, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Ethics,Agile Coaching Values,Embedded Coaching   |   Comments Off»



Here is the definition: Embedded Agile Coaching: Agile coaching that has a "coach" personally present, full-time, at the client site, for 3 business months or more, where the coach is often (but not always) observed taking up the Scrum Master and/or Product Owner role for substantial amounts of time. Embedded coaching 5 days a week sets up at least the following potential ...

Agile BS: The Productization of Agile

August 28, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Ethics,Agile Coaching Values,Culture Hacking,Self-Management   |   Comments Off»



There is a preponderance of BS in and around the Agile community right now. Scrum has become productized, and 'agile enablement' firms touting that 'agile is all we do' are selling one or another variety of snake oil. Boston is a place where this is especially acute. David Anderson, a guy who wrote a book called Kanban, is calling this out, ...

Agile Enablement: Now in a Spray!

August 08, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Ethics,Agile Coaching Values,Embedded Coaching   |   Comments Off»



"Agile enablement is all we do" is a phrase used by some firms that sell Agile as a product. The basic idea here is that this one firm with a designed, "proven" approach can solve all your Agile problems-- can be your "panacea"-- so long as you write a big check. This is very misleading, since Agile is not a product. ...

Mandated Collaboration: The Recipe for Botched Agile Adoptions




Here is a sure-fire way to virtually guarantee a failed adoption of agile or Scrum: Simply have an authority figure, preferably the CEO, announce with great fanfare to the entire organization  that we are "going agile". To really make sure you definitely create a colossal train wreck of truly epic proportions, be sure to specify a hard date, the date when the ...

The Evils of Agile Coaching

March 21, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Ethics,Agile Coaching Values   |   0 Comment»



Bob Marshall is a organization consultant and student of thinkers like Deming, Argyris, Ackoff and others I read. I like Bob because he is an genuine irritant. He has a rebel heart. Bob might look a bit like Charles Manson. Don't let that fool you. He is a prolific writer and some of the things he writes require a certain level ...

The ICF Code of Ethics

January 30, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Ethics,Agile Coaching Values   |   0 Comment»



Let's get real. The International Coaching Federation has a Code. See it here. This document and the wording in it as written is inadequate for Agile Coaches in my view. It is missing a key set of  keywords. The ICF wrote a generic Code. It is not intended for the Agile Coaching specialty. Agile Coaching probably was not ...

Agile Coaching, Client Learning, and Money (Part 1)

November 09, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Ethics,Agile Coaching Values   |   0 Comment»



Is client learning inversely proportional to short-term coaching revenue? If the client learns quickly ... and gets to Free Standing Agility (FSA) ... does this reduce or even terminate short-term coaching revenue? I have to say, generally speaking, YES. However, like any good policy, after a delay, being a service-oriented, service-optimized coach is optimal for revenue generation. It ends up making much ...

Free-Standing Agility




The goal of any legitimate Agile Coach is what I am calling Free Standing Agility: Free Standing Agility is that characteristic of a group of people, which allows it to at once identify, and rationally respond to, environmental change. Such changes may be both intrinsic and extrinsic in nature. By definition, Free Standing Agility is free of dependence on anyone who ...

Agile Coaching and the Learning Landscape

October 15, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Ethics,Agile Coaching Values   |   2 Comments»



In previous posts about Agile Coaching Values, I discuss how the lack of clear definitions for Agile and Agile Coaching create opening for all kinds of sorrows and abuses in the role of Agile Coach. Once again, I reiterate: most people doing this kind of work have ...

Agile Coaching Ethics: The Epic User Stories

October 13, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Ethics   |   1 Comment»



Agile Coaching Ethics. Hmmm. So, what are the requirements we are seeking to make real here? What are the requirements for the users of a Agile Coaching Code of Ethics? And why do you care?   Here are some candidate Epics for your consideration: As an Agile Coach, I want to to understand the ethical boundaries of the profession of Agile Coaching, so I can deliver ...

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