Coaching Teams Tips from the Trenches

Earlier this week I met with a group of coaches of various experience levels from different backgrounds to talk about coaching teams.  We discussed together our successes and failures in attempts to learn from one another.  What follows is a list of the results of what we discovered together. Create an environment where it is safe for people to fail … Read More

Servant Leadership in Action

Earlier this week I attended a retrospective with team I am coaching and watched as a growing scrum master stood up and started the retrospective saying, “Ok guys, I’m going to step completely out of my comfort zone again today.   You didn’t like the activity that we started the retrospective with last time so I’m not going to make … Read More

This Shouldn’t Be a Status Meeting … Improving the Daily Scrum

How can I keep the daily scrum from becoming a daily status meeting? But if we are all answering three questions then who is supposed to be asking the questions?  If we are gathering to give our updates on these three questions every day on what we are doing then that sounds like a status meeting to me – what … Read More

Appreciation in the Workplace – The Language of Value

In my last post, The Language of Appreciation in the Workplace, I introduced the appreciation languages.  Understanding these has been very valuable to me as a consultant, a leader, and a coach because they give me insight into not only what motivates people but it helps me to understand how they tell others that they are committed and giving their … Read More

The Language of Appreciation in the Workplace

I’m a consultant.  Working with one of my current clients as an enterprise agile coach I’ve been thinking a lot about the impact that appreciation has on an organization’s success.  As an enterprise coach I am responsible for, on average, 40 teams.  (Read my last post on “Scaling the Agile Coach” to find out how I’ve been able to successfully … Read More

Scaling the Agile Coach

I hear companies who have adopted scrum and realized how powerful the framework is soon have conversations around, “How do we scale scrum so that we can use it across the enterprise?”  These questions are fair and valid and each company must determine the right answers that will bring success — probably through a series of learning experiments where they … Read More

Team Values Statement

As an agile coach, one of the first things I do when launching new teams is help them to create a Team Values Statement. Traditional working agreements are a declarative agreement by a team regarding how they will work together to bring cohesion and enable collaboration.  They set the ground rules, so to speak, so that everyone knows what field they are playing on.  … Read More

Agile Manifesto — What it means to me

The Agile Manifesto talks about uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.  It goes on to state that through this work and helping others, four consist values have developed.  To me, these values go far beyond software development and set a platform for making decisions and forming thought processes.  For me, these values … Read More