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Agile Coach Lessons Learned #11: Coaching Past Resistance

I listened to episode #10 of The Law of Raspberry Jam about coaching past resistance, and thought I’d share a little anecdote on the subject. I was coaching a team who were constantly stressed out with upkeep of old stuff… Continue Reading →

How I applied Scrum principles to prepare for the half marathon

I am not a natural long distance runner. I’m more of a gym guy. I started running out of necessity. “Necessity?” you might ask. “How can running ever be a necessity?!” After our second child was born, it was hard… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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