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  • Great Scrum Masters Are Grown, Not Born

    Becoming a great Scrum Master is a process of mindset shift and skill development. Scrum Masters are Agile Coaches because they do what coaches at the program level do within the scope of teams. The people on the ground need a full complement of skills because on the ground, with teams, day in and day out, is where the action is.

  • Mapping the Market for Agile Coaches

    In July, 2018 five agilists, including the two authors of this article, met in San Francisco to map the market for agile coaches. We met because the market appears to be very strong over the short-term but weak over the long-term. This article is the result of that investigation, it discusses how much agile coaches make, where they work, and what the future holds for the agile coaching market.

  • Q&A on the Book Emotional Science

    The book Emotional Science by Michael K Sahota and Audree Tara Sahota provides an understanding of emotions, which, as stated by the authors, goes beyond current models in psychology. The book provides exercises that can be used to become aware of emotions and learn how to deal with them, which is a practical way of increasing your Emotional Intelligence.

  • Coaching Technical Practices

    In the past 4-5 years I have been working as a software development coach, helping organizations around London improve their technical practices. I focus on XP practices, specifically TDD, Pair Programming, Refactoring and Simple Design. In this article I share my experiences organizing coaching sessions, including subject selection and sequencing, exercises for each subject and session formats.

  • Centralized vs. Decentralized Coaching

    What is the difference between Centralized and Decentralized Coaching? What is more effective and under what organizational conditions can effectiveness be seen? Which approach is more susceptible to potential system gaming and other organizational dysfunctions? Why? Is coaching alignment (centralized vs. decentralized) and coaching focus (team vs. enterprise) - the same thing?

  • Coaching with Curiosity Using Clean Language and Agile

    Clean Language questions are bias-free questions. They can be used to discover the underlying rules, expressed values, and coping mechanisms in organizations, and to gain clarity and promote diverse ideas in groups. Simple to learn, but tricky to implement, clean questions require transparency and sharing a bit more of one’s thinking than usual.

  • Virtual Reality Will Disrupt Agile Coaching and Training

    Online technology (virtual reality, adaptive personalized learning and videoconferencing) will disrupt the agile coaching and training spaces in the next 3-5 years. We predict that by the end of 2020 at least one large, credible agile/Scrum certification organization will be running agile/Scrum certification courses in virtual reality. Today’s winners will become tomorrow’s losers.

  • Q&A on the Book It's All Upside Down

    In the book It's all Upside Down, Paul McMahon provides stories from software development teams supported by upside down principles and coaching tips for applying them. He explains how you can use Essence to improve processes leading to better organizational performance.

  • Q&A on The Great ScrumMaster

    In The Great ScrumMaster Zuzana Šochová explores the ScrumMaster role and provides solutions for dealing with everyday and difficult situations. She describes the #ScrumMasterWay, a concept which defines three levels of operation of ScrumMasters.

  • The CA Crew on Coaching Coaches, Mixing Cultures and Future Product Direction

    At the recent Agile 2016 conference, InfoQ sat down with Ronica Roth, Steve Demchuk and Eric Willeke of the CA (formerly Rally Software). They discussed coaching the coaches, transforming CA to becoming an agile organisation, mixing cultures, the state of the products and future product direction.

  • Q&A and Book Review on Liftoff, Second Edition

    The book Liftoff, Second Edition by Diana Larsen and Ainsley Nies, provides practices and insights for chartering teams by understanding their needs, building trust, and defining how they will interact in the team and align with other parts of the organization. It's a book for Agile coaches, Scrum masters or agile product and project managers to help teams to understand the why behind the work.

  • Test Management Revisited

    The concept of test management sits awkwardly in agile, mostly because it’s a construct derived from the time when testing was a post-development phase, performed by independent testing teams. Agile, with its focus on cross functional teams, has sounded the death knell for many test managers. While test management is largely irrelevant in agile, there is still a desperate need for test leadership.

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