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

Getting Unstuck ~ Lessons in Delegation

I spent some time coaching one of my clients* recently who was planning an event and needed to enlist the help of others in order to be successful.  The problem she was facing involved feeling overwhelmed.  She knew that there were many details that she didn't have the best skill set to handle.  She said… Continue reading Getting Unstuck ~ Lessons in Delegation

My Journey to CEC ~ and 10 Tips for Yours!

“Tell me why you think we should consider you for the CST.  I’ve never heard of you, never seen you at any user groups, haven’t met you at any conferences, never seen you speak publicly, and you are making no contributions to the agile community.”  Those words spoken by Devon Morris, CST were critical to… Continue reading My Journey to CEC ~ and 10 Tips for Yours!

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

Coaching ~ It’s more than just asking questions

A common belief is that the difference between coaching and managing is simply asking questions rather than giving orders.  I used to believe this.  Instead of making decisions for my teams and telling them what to do I would ask them questions and get them to derive their own solutions.  I thought that meant I… Continue reading Coaching ~ It’s more than just asking questions