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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. I did after all base most of the latter post on just the one… 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

Pair or mob programming has been the buzz word for a while in development. The notion that two or more heads produce better thinking than one is appealing. You also get automatic competence transfer among team members, when at least… Continue Reading →

Agile Coach Lessons Learned #7: Always set goals

As with everything, you need to set goals in order to know what you’re striving for and evaluate whether you’re on the right path or not. I tend to set six month goals. For example, for the past six months,… Continue Reading →

Agile Coach Lessons Learned #6: Learn patience

Like Luke Skywalker you must learn patience. The work that you do sometimes take a long time to take effect. Some teams may be very reluctant to change work patterns and thought processes. Even in teams willing to learn and… Continue Reading →

Agile Coach Lessons Learned #5: Know your stress

Almost everyone in any sort of leadership position that I know have some of kind of stress coping strategy, and so should you! Why? Because the few I know who don’t have a strategy, sooner or later struggles with health… Continue Reading →

Agile Coach Lessons Learned #4: You don’t exist in a vacuum

Even though you may be assigned as a “team coach”, your team does not exist in a vacuum. For your team to truly succeed in becoming self-organised, the product owner(s) needs to be on board as well. The processes and… Continue Reading →

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