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My understanding of effective Agile Coaching

Effective Agile coaching is the process of supporting the client to improve by becoming Agile: it's guiding without prescribing

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15 April 2014
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agile
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agile coaching, coaching, consulting, scrummaster

Since years I work as external Agile Coach. From the beginning I searched for a good definition on what is agile coaching and was never satisfied on what I found. In this blog post I want to describe my understanding of our way of agile coaching and what is makes essential for our success at our client.

So many people call themselves agile coaches. My impression is that the impression on what agile coaching is is quite divergent.

One definition of coaching: “Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping people to learn ...

I do my job for the email I get half a year later

Over time I realised that seeing long lasting changes for many of my clients is my key motivation

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20 June 2013
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The job of an external agile coach can be quit challenging and stressful. At the client side we are in the centre of attention. In addition, travelling is stressful. To be honest, from time to time I ask myself, "why am I doing this?" This post is my answer to this question.

In all of my previous jobs, I had the feeling that identifying problems and possibilities for improvement offended others. In my work as agile coach I observe that this "talent" helps others to change and improve.
Seeing people changing and improving, whose work has been more of a ...

Scrum Day 12.06. Berlin: Are you reaping the possible benefits of scaling agile?

Scrum day - 11.-12. June 2013 - Berlin

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11 June 2013
In
Events, Scrum, agile

I am looking forward to have my talk tomorrow at the Scrum-day!

The idea behind my talk arose from the last Scrumday. 

There was already the focus on scaling, but the most of the attention was direct to "how it looks like" and "how you should do it", but not so much on WHY doing it.

For me finding the best solution for your organization, your team is highly depending on where you are and where you want to be.
This is the reason why I tried to focus my talk on "Is your organization reaping the possible benefits of ...

Kanban Pizza Game at Limited WIP Society Hamburg

Let's Play Kanban...

On
6 June 2013
In
kanban

I am looking forward to play the Kanban Pizza Game™ at Limited WIP Society Hamburg.

It’s difficult to teach the principles of Lean and Agile simply by lecturing. People have to experience the principles by themselves to get a feeling for how it all works. By playing the Kanban Pizza Game™, you will enter the Kanban world in an playful way. The game looks simple, but the facilitation has it's pitfalls. :-) 

Since we invented the Kanban Pizza Game™ two years ago we played it with various customers and Agile User Groups.Through these experiences we improved the game ...

Kanban Pizza Game at DARE 2013

Kanban Pizza Game by agile42 at DARE 2013 on Saturday 15th June - Antwerp Belgium

On
29 May 2013
In
Events, agile, kanban

Get the chance to play with us!

I am happy to announce that Saturday, June 15th I will be at the Lean & Kanban conference DARE 2013 in Antwerp with the Kanban Pizza Game.

Nick Oostvogels, one of the organizers of the conference, describes DARE 2013 as “a conference for those brave souls who want to change the ordinary and take changes. A place to get fresh ideas how to turn your business into a success.”
So I am sure that this is the right place where play to our Kanban Pizza Game ;-) 
 
We invented the Kanban Pizza Game a year ...

I Think We Should Do «another fancy practice»

Every environment is different. Is the practice you want to try going to be helpful in yours?

On
23 April 2013
In
Scrum & XP, agile

As agile coaches, we frequently observe and get involved in discussions around practices, methods and tools. Many of these start with someone suggesting "I think we should try …".

Many of these discussions focus directly on the advantages of the specific method. Often, they lack focus on fitness for purpose or context. There are so many things that we could do. Many methods that work amazingly well for others. Is that enough to start trying them too?
We need to decide which method or tool is important and potentially useful for us in our environment, for our specific, current challenges. Discussions ...

Why "Real Options" is the biggest fail of the Agile Community so far

To the naive, Real Options sounds like salvation but they are a broken and evil concept proven to be wrong and the agile community should not embrace that

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3 April 2013
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real options

Why I wrote this blogpost

I am an agile coach, but took some curves to get there, because I started my career as an investment banker. This is something I normally do not tell, because I am ashamed of the fact. I studied banking and finance and specialized in structured finance - that is the kind of complicated stuff where you put many derivative vehicles together, so that nobody can tell anymore that you included a premium that is ten times higher than the market average and sell them to naive people with enough money, mainly private banking customers. Another popular ...

Why We Play

We want players to understand concepts that increase their chance to be successful in agile transitions, and to learn methods that help their teams

On
22 February 2013
In
Agile with a Purpose, StrategicPlay, Training
Tags
games, kanbanpizzagame, play, scrum lego city game

As agile coaches, we regularly want to create a learning environment for people. We use concepts like Training from the Back of the Room to step aside and let them learn. We facilitate and regularly use games. Playing is an integral and very effective part of learning, as it opens people's minds and hearts and creates the emotional connections that makes experiences stick.

What makes learning agile challenging?

We want participants to understand concepts that in our experience increase their chance to be successful in agile transitions, and to learn practical methods that may help their teams as well ...

Agile@University  - 4th Lesson: From building a great vision to building a good backlog

The focus of the 4th lesson was on the product owner side. The preparation and organization of the work on the product is crucial for the success of product development. In small groups the students walked trough the whole process of creating a good vision and preparing & organizing the product backlog.

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5 December 2011
In
agile@university
Tags
agile, haw-hamburg, requirements, university, user stories, vision

We started by building a product box to foster the ideas. It brought creativity and fun into this exercise and allowed to establish the foundation for a great vision. Here are some impressions of the product box exercise to build the vision:

From the vision we moved on by highlighting those requirements that represent our product differentiators.

The students then, starting from those requiremetns, created user stories and placed them into the Product Backlog. To structure it we used requirements and Minimal Marketable Features (MMFs). The MMFs are used to build minimal sets of functionality (by grouping together user stories ...

Agile@University - 2nd Lesson: How to reach a common goal?

In the second lesson I built awareness among the students that a common goal, good communication and teamwork is crucial for the success of a project. Therefore we played the agile42 Scrum Lego City Game.

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23 November 2011
In
agile@university
Tags
agile, lego, scrum, team, university

We formed three teams, who worked together to build a Scrum Lego City.

In fixed timeboxes and with a clear vision, the teams made 3 sprints in order to build the city. They made a Sprint Planning and an estimation but the first sprint was a disaster. A lot of half done User Stories, there where no real integrated results and a lot of wrong assumptions about what was expected.

Why? Because they only worked together as individuals but not together as a team. Everybody was doing what he thought would be best. No right communication and no common understanding ...

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