Our coaching team had a retrospective recently and someone introduced the idea of writing a letter to explain (to a friend or family member) what it is we do as coaches; the focus was “How am I making IX (our company) a better place?”
I failed to write anything as cohesive as a letter, but here are the notes I jotted down, with a few details inserted to make them clearer to people outside our team:
- I dislike that the question is phrased using “I” rather than “we” because I couldn’t be as impactful without my fellow coaches
- Supporting people’s desire to grow & improve
- Encouraging people to learn & try new things
- Creating a safe space for people to discuss concerns & try to fix/reduce them
- Helping teams experiment & find better ways to collaborate
- Making the workplace more engaging
- Helping the recently-formed Product Development Units increase their effectiveness
It was a really interesting exercise and brought up some great discussion points – definitely a format that I’ll use with a (different team) retrospective in future.
p.s. If you’re still unclear about what an Agile coach does, check out “Agile Coaching in a Nutshell – This is what Agile Coaches do“.
Overview: coaching multiple software development teams, product management, and related roles.
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I’ve just updated my LinkedIn profile as I’m actively looking for a new coaching position in Toronto following EventMobi’s decision to make the coach role there redundant. I also completed the Certified Agile Leadership (CAL1) training last week, which was intense and insightful; I’ve added it to my Education page too.
A few people (aside from those I work with) have contacted me recently asking “where do I start?” or “is there an Agile 101?”
The first thing to note is that it’s not as simple as watching a video, reading a book, or attending a course. Yes, those can be useful introductions, but the most important thing to understand about Agile is that it isn’t a series of checklists or processes to follow – it isn’t a silver bullet to solve your organisation’s problems. In fact, some people dislike/distrust Agile because it can shine a light on problems that they’ve happily swept under the carpet for many years; transparency and honesty are not things every organisation values because it can be a threat to the status quo.
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