Agile Coaching Lessons

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 ...

Agile Trance Formation

November 13, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Agile Trance Formation»



Most Agile adoptions are "roll outs" or "push" of Agile, usually by higher-ups with plenty of formal authority. The C-level folks. In an entirely well-meaning manner, execs are often encouraged by "Agile transformation firms" to push a specific framework on the organization. This has the effect of creating an enterprise-wide "trance formation." At every level, people in the org wonder what ...

When They Say No, Reduce The Ask by Half

March 26, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on When They Say No, Reduce The Ask by Half»



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 on I Want To Write the Story»



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 on Encourage Executives To Encourage Experimentation»



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 ...

Open Space Tells The Story

February 25, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Open Space Tells The Story»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS Everyone wants to know the story. Open Space tells that story. Open Space inside organizations is a very lightly scripted drama. There are 3 roles. First, authority stands up, in a role called Sponsor. The Sponsor is the host, and welcomes the group. The Sponsor tells the story of the issues and opportunities the group is actually facing, and ...

Start in Open Space

February 24, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Start in Open Space»



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 on Practices Change; Principles Don’t»



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 ...

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