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This is the Rough Cut version of the printed book.The Provocative and Practical Guide to Coaching Agile Teams
As an agile coach, you can help project teams become outstanding at agile, creating products that make them proud and helping organizations reap the powerful benefits of teams that deliver both innovation and excellence.
More and more frequently, ScrumMasters and project managers are being asked to coach agile teams. But it’s a challenging role. It requires new skills—as well as a subtle understanding of when to step in and when to step back. Migrating from “command and control” to agile coaching requires a whole new mind-set.
In Coaching Agile Teams, Lyssa Adkins gives agile coaches the insights they need to adopt this new mind-set and to guide teams to extraordinary performance in a re-energized work environment. You’ll gain a deep view into the role of the agile coach, discover what works and what doesn’t, and learn how to adapt powerful skills from many allied disciplines, including the fields of professional coaching and mentoring.
Whether you’re an agile coach, leader, trainer, mentor, facilitator, ScrumMaster, project manager, product owner, or team member, this book will help you become skilled at helping others become truly great. What could possibly be more rewarding?
Foreword by Mike Cohn xiii
Foreword by Jim Highsmith xv
About the Author xxv
Part I: It Starts with You 1
Chapter 1: Will I Be a Good Coach? 3
Why Agile Coaching Matters 4
The Agile Coaching Context 5
Let’s Get Our Language Straight 8
Move Toward Agile Coaching 9
An Agile Coach Emerges 15
Native Wiring 16
Make Agile Coaching Your Personal Expression 18
A Refresher 18
Additional Resources 19
Chapter 2: Expect High Performance 21
Set the Expectation 22
Introduce a Metaphor for High Performance 23
The Destination Never Comes 29
A Refresher 30
Additional Resources 30
Chapter 3: Master Yourself 33
Start with Self-Awareness 35
Recover from Command-and-Control-ism 40
Prepare for the Day Ahead 43
Practice in the Moment 46
Be a Model for Them 53
Support Yourself 53
Always Work on Yourself 54
A Refresher 55
Additional Resources 55
Chapter 4: Let Your Style Change 59
Agile Team Stages 60
Agile Coach Styles 64
Feel Free to Let Your Style Change 67
A Refresher 70
Additional Resources 70
Part II: Helping the Team Get More for Themselves 73
Chapter 5: Coach as Coach-Mentor 75
What Is Agile Coaching? 76
What Are We Coaching For? 77
Coaching at Two Levels 78