A Fixer

While attending the Agile Coaching Institute's Coaching Agile Teams class a while back the instructors read this poem to the class.  It served as a powerful reminder that as an agile coach, or a scrum master/team coach, we must see people and teams as naturally creative, resourceful, and whole if we want to empower them… Continue reading A Fixer

An elephant and a monkey went for a walk last sprint …

This week I was walking past a conference room where a Scrum Master was preparing for the team's retrospective.  I had to stop and take a picture because I really loved what I saw.  Here are a few of the things that really impressed me: The team's improvement plan from the last retrospective is represented. This… Continue reading An elephant and a monkey went for a walk last sprint …

Agile 2015 Learning and Highlights

Sunday, as I got on a flight and headed to Washington, DC for Agile Alliance’s Agile 2015 conference, I was looking forward to spending a week with other like-minded people who believe in living the agile values and principles and who are investing in themselves and in others to grow in their craft. I anticipate… Continue reading Agile 2015 Learning and Highlights

The Power of Daring to be You

This past weekend I attended CTI coach training.  For three days I was able to experience coaching from an entirely different perspective.  This experiential training in a group setting was very powerful. During this weekend I didn't just meet a new group of people - I met myself!  It was amazing to experience the insight and deep… Continue reading The Power of Daring to be You

Sometimes you just need to laugh …

This is the glass door I ran into on my first morning in a new office.  Five minutes after I arrived.  And I had to laugh at myself!  "Way to go brainiac.  Good thing no one was watching that one."  Then I giggled. Messing up, making mistakes, looking stupid in front of others - these… Continue reading Sometimes you just need to laugh …

Performance Coaching – Helping People GROW

As an agile coach I get the opportunity to have mentoring and coaching sessions with scrum masters who are in a rut.  They usually have tons of potential but don't know how to take the next step forward. In order to facilitate these conversations, I use the popular coaching model GROW. G - Gather Data R… Continue reading Performance Coaching – Helping People GROW

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