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Marcus Lagré

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 →

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

For your team to truly succeed in becoming self-organised, the product owner(s) needs to be on board as well. The processes and structures need to be in place to serve the team with what they need. This means that sometimes… Continue Reading →

Agile Coach Lessons Learned #3: Study, study, study

In the past year I have taken a number of courses and read even more books to get a good grasp of what the role should be and what tools I have to execute my responsibilities. Most who work in… Continue Reading →

Agile Coach Lessons Learned #2: The group dynamics have changed

If you, like me, become the coach of a team you were once a developer in, there will be a subtle but all encompassing change. This might not be the case for you, but pretty quickly I started feeling a… Continue Reading →

Agile Coach Lessons Learned #1: Know the boundaries of your role

It is vital that you sit down with your manager, or even your managers manager, to make sure your role is well defined. This dictates what your job is, but more importantly what isn’t your job. This was something I… Continue Reading →

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