Using Information Radiators to Improve Delivery

Information radiators (IR) are used to help teams see information transparently so they can make fact based decisions about how they want to change.  But how do you know which information radiators to use with a team?  How do you know how many are needed and what to display? The best way to use information radiators is… Continue reading Using Information Radiators to Improve Delivery

Signal to Noise Ratio / Bottom Lining

  A Few weeks ago while attending a Coaching Agile Teams class I heard one of the instructors (Lyssa Adkins) make a reference in passing to “signal to noise” ratio in reference to our ability to communicate with others.  Her comment intrigued me because I’d never heard that phrase before, so I started to do some investigation.… Continue reading Signal to Noise Ratio / Bottom Lining

Are Your Stories Ready?

This week I was particularly impressed with a method used by a Scrum Master to help his team understand which stories on the backlog were "ready" and which were not.  It's amazing how such a simple technique can bring the transparency needed to help a team prepare for a successful sprint.  His technique is to… Continue reading Are Your Stories Ready?

Coaching Skills for Scrum Masters ~ Deep Listening

The other day when working with a few scrum masters I recognized how important coaching skills are to this profession.  I know that coaching is important and I teach new scrum masters that they are the coach to the team.  But, when working with these new scrum masters it brought to light that coaching skills… Continue reading Coaching Skills for Scrum Masters ~ Deep Listening

Why They Need Agile Coaches

Over the past several weeks I have encountered multiple people from completely different companies that are implementing scrum.  Some have been trying this for a few weeks.  Some have been doing it for a couple of years.  Others are somewhere in between.  Some received formal training.  Some read books.  Others supplemented with You Tube videos.… Continue reading Why They Need Agile Coaches

Failure Must be an Option

I have heard people say all my life, "Failure is not an option," and today, I would like to challenge this belief and say that in order to succeed, failure must be an option. One of the things you learn when training to be a coach is the art of deep listening.  When practicing this… Continue reading Failure Must be an Option

Coaching Teams Tips from the Trenches

Earlier this week I met with a group of coaches of various experience levels from different backgrounds to talk about coaching teams.  We discussed together our successes and failures in attempts to learn from one another.  What follows is a list of the results of what we discovered together. Create an environment where it is… Continue reading Coaching Teams Tips from the Trenches

Scaling the Agile Coach

I hear companies who have adopted scrum and realized how powerful the framework is soon have conversations around, "How do we scale scrum so that we can use it across the enterprise?"  These questions are fair and valid and each company must determine the right answers that will bring success -- probably through a series… Continue reading Scaling the Agile Coach