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

ICF Professional Coach Training Available

Many of you have shown interest in joining the ICF professional coach training announced last month. We are now ready to start accepting registrations. We have scheduled a morning and evening class in Central US Time to make it more convenient for people in multiple time zones across the world to attend. If you do not see an offering time … Read More

Agile Amped – Coaching Skills Interview

    Cherie Silas to ScrumMasters: “Add Coaching Skills to Your Agile Toolkit” at KAA2016 AGILE AMPED | 05.26.2016 ScrumMasters have an important role in Agile: they help delivery teams achieve high-performance by removing impediments and taking care of the workflow process so that other team members can focus on producing excellent value quickly. Too often, however, ScrumMastery devolves into … 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