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Agile Facilitation Jobs In Maryland

February 13, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off on Agile Facilitation Jobs In Maryland»



One of my Agile adoption clients, this one in Maryland (about 40 mins east of DC with no traffic)  immediately seeks several people for full-time hire to facilitate the ongoing work of 18 existing software teams relatively new to Agile software development. In this role you are a member of a 6-person team responsible for facilitating higher performance across the entire enterprise... ...The ...

Broken Promises

August 05, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Building a World,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off on Broken Promises»



We are at a tipping point in the Agile story. For almost a decade now, highly authoritative "agile enablement firms" have been telling management that it is perfectly OK to mandate the use of agile practices, and that everything will be OK. They've been told that the opt-in engagement of the people who do the work does not actually matter. As long ...

Imposing Agile Practices: Does It Actually Work?

March 24, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space   |   Comments Off on Imposing Agile Practices: Does It Actually Work?»



The OpenSpace Agility approach has created some questions. Some of these questions, collected from around the web, appear below. Some of the questions are very specific and very interesting (I think.) I've included them here. These particular questions are harvested from recent interactions with professional Agile coaches who are active on Twitter.   Related Links: OpenSpace Agility¬† Explained 20 Minute Video of ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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