Awesome Coach of the Week: Marc Löffler

Marc ‘Scrumphony’ Löffler is one of the most prominent members of the German Agile Coaching community, and the one I reckon to be the most internationally active. He’s frequently speaking at international agile (un)conferences and gatherings and well connected on Twitter. I’ve first met Marc at last year’s AgileCoachCamp Germany and immediately fell in love with his mad humour, which he applies to quite serious topics. A quite sensible approach to life, I think.

Food for Thought

A few weeks ago Marc started a series of blog posts called “Food for Thought”. I loved the series from the first post, it distilled so much Linchpin attitude into practical tips for life, including a bit of Agile now and then… I very much miss in most agilists’ publications a view beyond their own nose, a passion for and inspiration from outside the software development domain. Scrumphony is one of the awesome exceptions to that rule:–)

Weird Thinking

Most talking at agile conferences (and writing on blogs) focuses on advice, on how to improve, how to do things right. I first noticed Marc at that CoachCamp when he did a lightning talk on “10 things to drive your ScrumMaster crazy”. We literally rolled the floor laughing, yet it made us think… After extensive research, Marc found the reasons for the behaviours that drive ScrumMasters crazy: the “Four Evil Root Causes From Hell”. We did an experimental session together at the XP2011 conference in Madrid a few weeks ago, trying to “Sabotage the Lego City Scrum Game” We combined his Evil Root Causes with agile42’s Scrum training game to explore mitigation patterns. It was insightful and let to an intensive discussion with the participants. To get an impression of his wit, watch him slaughtering watermelons on stage at AgileCE:

ALE prophet

Marc is an active member of the young, quickly growing ALE netwwork, a pan-European open network for people passionate about Agile and Lean practice and thinking. He took an active part in the envisioning session in Madrid and started a few great initiatives during the world café:

  • ALESOS, a Twitter service to assist people with questions on Agile and Lean
  • ALE Euroblogging, a platform to integrate blogs and content from and for Agile and Lean Practitioners, using my ideafarm.eu site:–)
  • He’s one of the organisers of our amazing ALE2011 unconference, which will take place here in Berlin on Sept 7-9!

Awesome Coach of the Week

This is why we think Marc Löffler is an Awesome Coach. If you can add an awesome experience with Marc, please do so in the comments. We honour one Coach a week. Suggestions welcome!