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Do We Need Prescriptive Agile Coaching?

by Ben Linders on  Sep 04, 2014

Agile coaches often use a “hands-off” descriptive approach when coaching teams. The question is if such a coaching approach is always the best solution when teams are adopting agile? Would there be situations where prescriptive “hands-on” coaching could be more effective? How could you do it?

An Update on Agile Coach Camps Internationally

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 25, 2014

Worldwide Agile Coach Camps continue to allow coaching practitioners to share knowledge and experience with a view to improving outcomes for agile teams across many countries and industries. This post lists upcoming Coach Camps, looks at how and why they work and discusses their impact with participants.

Nurturing a Culture for Continuous Learning

by Ben Linders on  Jul 24, 2014

Continuous learning supports agile adoption in enterprises. A culture change can be needed to enable and support continuous learning. There are several things that managers and agile coaches can do to establish and nurture a continuous learning culture.

Delivering More Software Without Adding People

by Ben Linders on  Jun 26, 2014

As the need for software products and services increases organizations look for ways to increase their capacity. Often organizations decide to scale up by adding more people. Some question this approach and suggest alternative ways to be able to deliver more software without adding people.

Agile Training and Coaching for Managers

by Ben Linders on  Jun 19, 2014

Several authors discussed the importance of training for the success of agile adoption. Teams usually receive training when organizations are adopting agile. The question is how much and what kind of training and coaching is needed for the managers to make an agile transformation succeed.

Practices for Agile Coaching Conversations

by Ben Linders on  May 01, 2014

Organizations can work with agile coaches for the adoption of agile. Coaches use conversations to support people in the organization to change their way of working. Which practices do you use in agile coaching conversations?

Asking for Help in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Apr 17, 2014

Coaching and mentoring can help organizations in adopting agile. But they only work if people are open to help. What makes it that people sometimes do not allow coaches to help them? What can you do to encourage helpful behavior in organizations?

Role of Managers in Agile Retrospectives

by Ben Linders on  Apr 10, 2014

Agile teams use retrospectives to reflect upon their way of working. Since it’s the team’s own responsibility to continuously improve themselves they have to decide upon the actions that they will do. What can managers do to support their teams when they are doing agile retrospectives?

How Team Members Learn From Each Other in Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Feb 20, 2014

When adopting agile teams can use (external) coaches and mentors. But teams can also develop themselves by having team members mentoring and coaching each other. Team members can learn skills and abilities from other team members in multidisciplinary teams, enabling the team to grow as a whole and become self-organized.

How to Self-Assemble and Sustain a Self-Organising Team

by Rafiq Gemmail on  Feb 03, 2014

A report on recent commentary by Mike Cohn, Thomas Cagley and others on the topic of team self-assembly and sustaining successful self-organising teams.

Pair Coaching with Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Jan 09, 2014

Agile coaches can coach in pairs instead of coaching individually. Each coach will focus on different aspects of coaching. As every coach has specific experience and skills they can complement each other. Two coaches can collaboratively help individuals or teams to learn and improve when adopting agile.

The Habit of Improving

by Ben Linders on  Dec 13, 2013

Agile is about a mindset and a contiguous improvement of everything said Yves Hanoulle. InfoQ did an interview with him about the habits that people have and what you can do to get into the habit of improving.

Is Having Fun Important for Agile Teams?

by Ben Linders on  Nov 07, 2013 9

Working in an agile team can sometimes be stressful, when the needs of the customers are unclear, if there is a lot of work to be done, or when team members are having difficulties doing their work. You might ask the question if having fun could reduce the feelings of stress, increase motivation, or increase productivity? And if that is true, then what can you do to have more fun in agile teams?

Understanding the Cynefin Framework by Playing with Lego

by Ben Linders on  Sep 27, 2013

Maurizio Pedriale & Alan Hortz facilitated a workshop at the Agile Tour Brussels conference where multiple teams played 4 exercises with Lego. The purpose of the exercises is to get a first understanding of the Cynefin framework, and discuss how to use it agile coaching situations.

How a Scrum Master Can Handle Impediments with a Team

by Ben Linders on  May 16, 2013

Impediments are used to discuss issues take actions when a team becomes blocked. Impediments are handled in different ways, a look at how some scrum masters do it.

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