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  • The Value and Purpose of a Test Coach

    Introducing business-oriented automated testing can involve a huge cultural change. For this we really need a Test Coach role, just like we have agile coaches and scrum masters. In this article we hear from someone living this new role, using Domain Oriented Testing on a daily basis to ensure acceptance tests have full story coverage, and unit tests verify business behavior, not implementation.

  • Engaging and Being Engaged as a Professional Coach – Candid Advice for Coaches & Clients

    As a coach, what do you need to know to have more success, getting your foot in the door of a client company? What obstacles will you have to overcome? As a company, what do you need to know about a coaching profession, not to brush off an experienced and qualified coach, while opening flood gates for charlatans, cheer-leaders, and 'best-practices" experts - and by doing so, hurting yourself

  • Leading through Experimentation in a Distributed Agile Organization

    Change is our work as agile coaches and leaders. When your teams and organizations are distributed, experimentation becomes the primary tool to aid our change navigation. As online collaboration technologies improve and we begin to understand how flexibility and choice become critical in distributed work, modeling and teaching experimentation are important for agile coaches and all leaders.

  • Agile Coaching Around Conflict Management

    Conflicts are not bad, it is the way we handle them that makes a difference. In a healthy team environment conflict can be a catalyst for creativity and innovation . A coach is not responsible for resolving conflict, the help the team keep conflict healthy and provide guidance and tools which enable positive outcomes

  • Q&A on the Book Helping People Change

    The book Helping People Change by Richard Boyatzis, Melvin Smith, and Ellen Van Oosten describes how you can coach people with compassion for sustained learning and change. It explains how connecting to people's vision and dreams and using the energy that that brings can help people grow in a meaningful way.

  • Q&A on the Book Empathy at Work

    The book Empathy at Work by Sharon Steed explores the role empathy plays in team communication and interaction, and provides tools to help people become better empaths in difficult situations. It describes the steps we can take in order to show empathy daily and contribute to a healthy, collaborative, positive work culture.

  • A Simple Mindset Shift Turns Ineffective Teams into Productive Organizations

    To help teams become more effective: #1 Develop and Use a Coaching Mindset #2 Respect Your Team As Experts #3 Allow People Doing The Work To Make The Decisions. To make rapid progress on developing a coaching mindset, learn about the Path to Coaching Program which has five modules: professional coaching, systems coaching, scaling, sustainability, and coaching leaders.

  • Success or Burnout? Q&A on How Personal Agility Can Help

    How can you find out if you’re being successful or heading for a burnout? The only person who can really answer that question is you. A Q&A with Peter Stevens and Maria Matarelli who spoke about success or burnout and personal agility at eXperience Agile 2018.

  • 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.


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