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Try the Veal, and Other Agile Coaching Tips

Imagine that you have a favorite restaurant and that you go there all the time. The restaurant's specialty is the veal chop. You love the restaurant and the veal and you recommend it to everyone.  You have a good friend who visits your restaurant based on your recommendation. But rather than getting the veal, she orders the spaghetti and meatballs. Her husband orders the vegan burger, which BTW is terrible. They wind up very dissatisfied with the restaurant. 

FASTER!  A Guide to Speeding Up Your Next Retrospective

Most people are aware of the retrospective meeting that is part of the Scrum Framework. It is a key improvement activity used by Agile and Scrum teams at the end of each sprint or iteration.  This past week I was coaching a Scrum team and I witnessed one of the fastest retrospectives ever.  The entire meeting lasted 13 minutes and there were 9 participants. Fast? Hell yes! Efficient? Perhaps. Effective? Not even close!

Tips for an Effective Daily Scrum Meeting

I am working closely with some distributed Teams using the Scrum Framework and seeing some challenges with the daily Scrum Meeting.  They are probably typical challenges for all new Scrum teams and include some habits developed over years of using other processes. These habits are harder to break because the teams are distributed and reliant on phones or Skype to communicate.

What are the Top 10 Traits of An Agile Coach?

What are the top traits that an Agile Coach should have? Today there are more an more individuals hanging out a shingle and calling themselves Agile Coaches. And there are few standards or training programs directed at Agile Coaches. So how does an organization know what is desirable for Agile Coaches? The infographic above and the text below is my attempt to explain that. 

What is the "Exit Criteria" for Agile Coaching?

This question about exit criteria for Agile coaching came up in a recent Agile Meetup. Participants wanted to know how to determine when coaching is no longer needed. I flippantly responded with “when the budget runs out”, because that seems to be when most organizations stopped coaching.

One Meetup participant (who I previously coached) responded that the need for coaches is ongoing. As he put it, professional sports teams don’t outgrow their coaches, in fact, the higher the level the more coaching they get.