Investing in the Agile Community

In October of 2018 I realized that I wanted to make a larger impact on the Agile Community. Working with a coach of my own, I determined that I could make a more powerful contribution to agility by shifting my focus away from the full time work I was doing with my clients. Instead, I believed that if I were … Read More

STORMMES Coaching Agreement – A Coaching Tool for You

A great way to get a start with a new client or new coaching objective is to create a coaching agreement. STORMMES is a sample model you can use to gain greater clarity on the client’s goal and how you will work together for success. STORMMES Coaching Agreement S – Subject What do you want to work on with me? What … Read More

Manager as Coach (Part 1)

In order to understand the role of manager as coach, it is first vital to understand the difference between coaching and … well, everything else. I often find that people confuse coaching with other things such as dictating, micro-managing, performance managing, mentoring, teaching, and other things that I can’t quite name. The interesting thing is that coaching is completely different … Read More

Gut Check Information Radiator

Information radiators are a great way for you to communicate information to a team that they just are not seeing for themselves. It also helps you to not have to nag the team with information they aren’t ready to hear about things they are doing that self-sabotaging. I created this radiator when I was working with a team that had … Read More

Sprint Health Information Radiator

Information Radiators are a great way to make things transparent for a team or organization. The radiator pictured above I a sprint health radiator. It can be used however you choose to implement and using whatever colors you select. I just happened to be using a white board and green, blue, and red dry erase markers when I created the one … Read More

The Power of Interlocking Roles

  So, now you know two things about me. I write in my books and I can’t draw. I snapped a shot of this image from the Coaching Agile Teams book – Chapter 7, (Lyssa Adkins) because it is an amazing way to portray how the role of the scrum master, product owner, and agile manager work together. Too often … Read More

Using Information Radiators to Make Risk Transparent

    I love to walk around team spaces and identify cool things that people are doing so I can share them with the organization.  Last week while doing a Gemba Walk in one of my offices I found this! On his metal scrum board he created “What’s at Risk” information radiator magnets in the design of a traffic light.  Red indicates … Read More

What Does Sustainable Pace Really Mean?

Agile values and principles are the core foundation by which Agile organizations operate and make decisions. Everything we do is based in these.  With that being said, viewing every principle through a holistic perspective is absolutely necessary.  Every word in the principles we live by has value and impact.  So, when we reduce a principle to a three word summary, … Read More

Is More Really Better?

One of my favorite things about being and Agile coach is connecting with the Agile community through conferences, meet-ups, and other networks.  Because of these connections I get to interact with  Agilists all over the world.  Over the past few months I’ve noticed a concerning trend coming from the Scrum Master community.  They are telling me with excitement, “I’ve finally … Read More

Using Information Radiators to Improve Delivery

Information radiators (IR) are used to help teams see information transparently so they can make fact based decisions about how they want to change.  But how do you know which information radiators to use with a team?  How do you know how many are needed and what to display? The best way to use information radiators is in response to something you … Read More