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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.

Leadership for Self-Organized Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Apr 18, 2013 1

Organizations that implement self-organized agile teams need managers who empowerer the teams by using servant leadership, and who coach and mentor them to learn and continuously improve themselves.

Video Lessons on Agile Coaching and Organizational Change

by Ben Linders on  Mar 30, 2013

Two video lessons covering agile coaching and organizational change were released by Pearson/Addison-Wesley in the last quarter of 2012. They provide a different way to increase knowledge on agile adoption for visual and audible learners.

Things you can Check when Adopting Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jan 03, 2013 3

An agile checklist is a tool which can help you to assess your agile implementation in an organization, and assist when adopting agile. Some examples of lists with things that you can check when adopting agile.

What is "Agile Coaching"?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 14, 2012 6

When companies request support for agile adoption, the question arises what agile coaching is, and what companies expect from agile coaching?

New Scrum Kickoff Planner Aims To Help Agile Teams Start on The Right Track

by Craig Smith on  Oct 24, 2012 1

A new "Scrum Kickoff Planner" has just been released by Adam Weisbart with the aim of facilitating team discussion around the important facets of starting a new Agile team or project.

Amplifying Your Effectiveness (AYE) Conference 2011

by Todd Charron on  Dec 05, 2011 1

The Amplifying Your Effectiveness (or AYE) Conference took place this year in Cary, North Carolina...

Tackling the Agile Coaching Work/Life Imbalance

by Todd Charron on  Dec 02, 2011 2

Agile Coaching often involves travelling outside of a coaches home town to whereever the client may be located. As a result, coaches may feel like they are working all the time. Is there hope for a work/life balance?

Should Agile Coaches Have a Code of Ethics?

by Todd Charron on  Nov 14, 2011 7

Recently on the Agile Leaders mailing list Dan Mezick initiated a discussion on the need for Agile Coaching Ethics.

Upcoming Agile Coach Camps

by David Bulkin on  Jul 20, 2011 1

Agile coaches facilitate the transformations of teams and organizations to agile methods. Agile coach camps are open space unconferences where coaches gather to share and learn. There are two upcoming coach camps, one in Bletchley Park in the UK, the other in Columbus Ohio in the US.

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