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10 Quick Tips for New Agile Coaches

Being an agile coach is a tricky business. There are so many skills at play at once, that it can feel daunting and nigh on impossible. Here are ten things I’ve learned to help you along! #1: Know the boundaries… Continue Reading →

Agile Coach Lessons Learned #10: Don’t Be the Solution

If something isn’t working, don’t be the solution. Address it, but don’t be the solution. If your team isn’t doing enough testing before deploying software, don’t do the testing for them. At least not in the capacity as coach. If… Continue Reading →

Agile Coach Lessons Learned #9: Bring the Positive

It’s your job to bring the positive, not the negative. Meaning it’s not your job to complain, it’s your job to make note of the complaints, then either address or disprove them. Don’t resort to cynicism, because the cynic rarely… Continue Reading →

Definition of Ready

A lot of organisations who expect their development teams to apply agile methods and practices forget to include the rest of the organisation in said practices. This causes all sorts of misconceptions. Stakeholders and product owners often treat agile development… Continue Reading →

Agile Coach Lessons Learned #8: Nurture your inner Stoic

It’s a misconception that Stoicism means to act with emotionless indifference. Stoicism is in it’s essence a strive for inner calm and clear judgement. In part through self-control and emotional awareness, but also through attitudes and outlooks. We could all… Continue Reading →

Eliyahu Goldratt – Theory of Constraints Review

After listening to the free podcast version of Rolling Rocks Downhill by Clarke Ching – a fairly entertaining business novel – I got interested in the theories behind the story. The story is centred around solving organisational problems, specifically software… Continue Reading →

MBTI and Software Developers

After my last two posts – Mob Deprogramming and MBTI and Pair Programming – I felt I needed more data on MBTI types in software development. Most of the latter post was after all based on just the one study…. Continue Reading →

MBTI and Pair Programming

After my previous post – Mob Deprogramming – I felt a need to dig a little further into the subject of pair programming and personality types. But let me first put a quick disclaimer here. This post is a brazen… Continue Reading →

The Illusive Deadline

During a workshop about success factors of projects, many participants put down “a positive time constraint” or similar words as an important part of a successful project. No one seemed keen on using the word “deadline”, but that was in… Continue Reading →

Mob Deprogramming

Mob and pair programming have been buzz words for a while in development. The notion that two or more heads produce better thinking than one is appealing. You get automatic competence transfer among team members, with at least one more… Continue Reading →

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