Agile Coaching Lessons

Most (Group) Behavior is Unconscious

June 20, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Most (Group) Behavior is Unconscious»



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Ending In Open Space

June 18, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Ending In Open Space»



(NOTE: This lesson assumes you understand the Open Space meeting format.)   At the 2016 AGILE ISRAEL conference event, I was honored with an invitation to keynote. Six hundred people in one room. Kind of scary... ....I asked for a show of hands: "...how many of you here have ever attended a meeting of at least one day, where the progress of ...

Only The Engaged Can Actively Self-Manage

June 18, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Only The Engaged Can Actively Self-Manage»



The self-organization of teams is a tremendously misunderstood topic. The writing on it tends be inconsistent and yes, even incoherent at times. This brief lesson takes a swing at being both consistent and coherent. Lessons 04, 05 and 06 gave you a basic understanding of some key concepts and the relationship between "self organizing teams," self-management, and decision-making. Every KPI (key performance ...

Agile is a Game. Agree About The Rules

June 07, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Agile is a Game. Agree About The Rules»



In the previous lesson, I taught you about how word definitions are agreements, and how agreements are essential to success with Agile. Once you get everyone involved to agree on the definitions for Agile and Scrum, you are in position to go all the way by seeking and obtaining everyone's commitment to success with Agile. It's all very simple ...

Definitions Are Agreements

June 07, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Definitions Are Agreements»



Language is important, especially when everyone is being triggered by changes in the way authority is distributed. Agile "transformations" are no exception. Also very important are agreements. Without agreements, nothing good can happen. So start your coaching by testing the willingness of the team(s) and the wider organization to make some agreements with itself. Agreements are commitments. And all of this is ...

The PUSH of Agile Causes “Trance Formations”

May 10, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on The PUSH of Agile Causes “Trance Formations”»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS: "Trance Formations" and the Hawthorne Effect Push-style "transformations" look good at first, and do not last long. What is actually going on there is this: the Hawthorne Effect. It turns out that when you make a change in a workplace, like changing the brightness of lights for example, the productivity goes up temporarily and reverts back to the ...

Engagement Is Everything

May 03, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Engagement Is Everything»



  Self-organization in the enterprise context is self-management, and self-management is primarily the management of decision-making. There is no self-management without decision making. Self-management IS decision-making. Decision-making is engaging. As more and more engagement is created, more and more of the "cognitive capacity" of the group becomes dedicated and focused on the work at hand. All of the KPI (key performance indicator) ...

Align Teams on Values with the CV-1 Exercise

November 09, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Align Teams on Values with the CV-1 Exercise»



The individuals on most teams usually have only one thing in common: they work for the same employer. When you work with teams, they often need something more, "some thing," to help them genuinely cohere. "Core values" is that thing. An explicit and short list of core-values that are explicitly agreed-upon can and will accelerate team-learning, by creating an environment that actually encourages it ...

Engagement Is Everything

July 06, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Engagement Is Everything»



Most all the KPI ("key performance indicator") improvement from Agile methods come from engaged people. Yes, you can get 15 to 20 percent improvement from just doing a few things better, and actually paying attention. This is the normal pattern in typical "push style" Agile adoptions. But-- to get beyond that, to and real 2X, 3X and real improvement-- that comes from engaged people. ...

Leaders Go First

January 26, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Leaders Go First»



In a real adoption of Agile, formally authorized leaders go first. They do the very thing that they ask their direct-reports to do. They do their work in an Agile way. They craft a backlog. They have a short daily meeting. They do a formal demo. They use a Kanban to display work in progress. If they do not do these ...

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