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  • 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.

  • Power to the People: Unleashing Teams through Liberating Structures

    Liberating Structures are a great way for teams to find their voice. They make this happen by asking us to think creatively about the kinds of invitations we are making, and by subverting the normal power dynamics in a meeting. In this article, Greg Myer shares how he is using Liberating Structures at Capital One.

  • Q&A on the Book Elastic Leadership

    The book Elastic Leadership by Roy Osherove shows how teams have a need for different types of leadership depending on the state that they are in and what can be done to grow teams towards true self-organization. It provides values, techniques, and practices that leaders can use in their daily work.

  • 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.

  • Great Managers Are Like Great Teachers: Q&A with Jessica Ingrassellino

    Differentiated instruction strategies have helped Jessica Ingrassellino find ways for each of her team members to best grow and flourish with the opportunities available. She applies this by adjusting content, process, and outcome, approaching each individual as an individual with respect for their needs.

  • 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.

  • DDD With TLC

    At the 2017 Explore DDD conference, Julie Lerman, a self-described Serial DDD Advocate, spoke about how to approach Domain-Driven Design with Tender Loving Care. InfoQ sat down with Lerman to ask about how she introduces DDD to new clients, and helps them be successful.

  • 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?

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