Agile Coaching Values

The Virtue of Coercion

July 27, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Values,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space   |   Comments Off on The Virtue of Coercion»



The following is a session submitted to the Agile2015 by one Timothy Turnstone. The session was not selected. Even so: I find the session more than intriguing. I have submitted the following "Lightning Talk" about this idea of coercion. It has been accepted to the conference and I hope you can attend! I promise you a most interesting experience as we unpack ...

Agile Coaching Values Explained

February 26, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Values,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off on Agile Coaching Values Explained»



In a previous post, we outlined 4 Agile Coaching values and 8 related and supporting principles. Mandated practices may prevent a rapid and lasting Agile adoption, by reducing feelings of control and belonging in the very people who do the work. Embedded coaches present 5 days a week often prevent ...

Agile Coaching Values

February 26, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Values,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off on Agile Coaching Values»



Agile Coaches are familiar with the patterns of naive and vulnerable client organizations that are new to Agile. In our view, Agile Coaching professionals have an obligation to help clients understand what is best for them. In the beginning this is seldom the case. The Agile coach is obligated to do the right thing. This always includes encouraging and helping ...

Perfect Agile Coaching

April 26, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Values,Embedded Coaching,The Culture Game   |   Comments Off on Perfect Agile Coaching»



Imagine if it was possible to for an organization to reach a state of self-sustaining, freestanding agility after just 5 coaching days. Just FIVE. What might that mean for the spread of agility throughout the world? I met Chris Rufer, Paul Green and Doug Kirkpatrick last May when I presented a session on Gaming Happiness At ...

Agile Coaching and Sports

March 04, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Values,Authority and Influence,Embedded Coaching   |   Comments Off on Agile Coaching and Sports»



Question: why do sport teams employ coaches past training camp? Aren't the athletes professionals capable of their own learning? This is a question I received recently when I explained that 'embedded" or "integrated" coaching (where a Agile coach is present 5 days a week for 3 months or more) is probably a very bad idea. For those of you new to ...

Agile Coaching: Core Values & Supporting Principles

January 08, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Values,Culture Hacking   |   Comments Off on Agile Coaching: Core Values & Supporting Principles»



The idea of hammering out a set of guiding Values and Principles for Agile Coaches is an idea whose time has come. Increasing reports of problems in Agile Coaching are tarnishing our profession and diluting our effectiveness as change agents. This is a very serious problem. A set of community-built, open-source Values and Principles is one solution we can all act ...

Agile Coaching Values

November 13, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Values,Culture Hacking,Embedded Coaching   |   Comments Off on Agile Coaching Values»



Agile Coaches are familiar with the patterns of naive and vulnerable client organizations that are new to Agile. In my view, Agile Coaching pros have an obligation to help clients understand what is best for them. This always includes helping the client take 100% responsibility for their own learning. This usually means the coach must refuse opportunities to play a ...

Embedded/”integrated” coaching

November 13, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Ethics,Agile Coaching Values,Embedded Coaching   |   Comments Off on Embedded/”integrated” coaching»



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 on Agile BS: The Productization of Agile»



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 on Agile Enablement: Now in a Spray!»



"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. ...

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