April 9, 2013

agile42 European Coach Camp in Berlin

The Europe Coach Camp is a quarterly meeting between all the coaches that create the agile42 network: we met just before Easter for a two-day immer...

It's important for an agile company to use internally the methodologies that it teaches to clients and therefore it's no surprise that the coaches at agile42 meet regularly to align themselves and to discuss how to better bring results to other companies. The Europe Coach Camp is a quarterly meeting between all the European coaches that create the agile42 network: we met just before Easter in Berlin for a two-day immersion first at the lovely Café 100 Wasser and then at agile42 Headquarters in Friedrichshain.

Most of the conversations during the first day have seen the team working on the company Agile Strategy Map for 2013 with its single Goal and multiple Possible Success Factors. The Agile Strategy Map is a tool that helps to define, track and support an organization to reach a strategic goal, and it's widely used by the company's coaches in their activities with clients. The debate has been extremely interesting and lively, leading (as expected!) to revaluations of the map and strategies. Unfortunately, a large number of Post-its of all colours were murdered in the process… but as you know every great fight has its victims.

We followed up with a deep immersion into Kanban Training by "the" Kanban Coaching Professional, Gaetano Mazzanti – a photo shows him discussing Little's Law from Queueing Theory –  Kanban, an approach to change management, is making way into the agile42 Coaching toolbox. Visualization, flow optimization and feedback loops are some of the Kanban practices used to continuously adapt and improve the system.

Bent Myllerup coaching the coaches

The second Day had quite a different flavour thanks to an insightful coach training led by Bent Myllerup that made the team challenge the whole concept of "coaching", what it is and what it's not. A lot of topics have been covered, including the use of "keywords", the different ways of listening, the techniques to ask powerful questions and the 4D Model for team coaching. A great way to share knowledge between coaches with different backgrounds.

To end up two days of intense work and fun, our Senior Coach Andrea Tomasini asked everyone in the company to "think out of the box" and a number of wild ideas were shared! Let's see if some of them will get into the company backlog and actively pursued. Our report won't be complete without mentioning that a number of coaches have been seen at lunch break at the near Curry 66 (sixtysix) to celebrate the Berlin currywurst. Apparently it's a tradition… as well as trying to beat the others with the highest level on the Scoville scale, very dangerous idea...

If you're still curios, you can check the photo gallery on our Facebook page.

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Alessio Bragadini

Web community manager of agile42, trying to post relevant, informational, fun bits of content on the blog and social networks
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Alessio Bragadini

Web community manager of agile42, trying to post relevant, informational, fun bits of content on the blog and social networks

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