Saturday, January 22, 2011

Meeting Feb 1: "What is an agile coach, really?"

Lyssa Adkins will be in town and has agreed to lead a discussion at our next meeting.

Lyssa Adkins has taught Scrum to hundreds of students, coached dozens of agile teams and served as master coach to many apprentice coaches since 2004. Coaching coaches one-on-one and in small groups, she enjoys a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams they coach. Prior to agile, Adkins had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers in large and small consulting firms, commercial software companies, and the Fortune 500, yet nothing prepared her for the power of Agile done simply and well. She teaches the “Coaching Agile Teams” training course which allows agile coaches to learn, practice and deepen the skills and mind-sets offered in the book of the same title.


Description:

More and more frequently, ScrumMasters and project managers are being asked to coach agile teams. But it's a challenging role. It requires new skills - as well as a subtle understanding of when to step in and when to step back.  Migrating from “command and control” to agile coaching requires a whole new mind-set.


This leaves many wondering, “What is my role in a self-organized team? How do I help the team yet stay hands-off?” Many respond by going too far to either extreme. This session turns these questions into answers, and answers into action by offering provocative views into coaching done well and practical ways to get there by adapting skills from professional coaching, conflict management, teaching, collaboration and more.


In this discussion, we can explore these topics:


Key mindset shifts successful agile coaches achieve


What skills from allied disciplines do agile coaches bring to their teams?


Ways to measure your success and improvement as a coach


As an agile coach, you can help project teams become outstanding at agile, creating products that make them proud and helping organizations reap the powerful benefits of teams that deliver both innovation and excellence. Come see how.

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