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Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition (Rough Cuts)

Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition (Rough Cuts)

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  • Copyright 2010
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 352
  • Edition: 1st
  • Rough Cuts
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-66039-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-66039-8

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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.

Coverage includes

  • Understanding what it takes to be a great agile coach
  • Mastering all of the agile coach’s roles: teacher, mentor, problem solver, conflict navigator, and performance coach
  • Creating an environment where self-organized, high-performance teams can emerge
  • Coaching teams past cooperation and into full collaboration
  • Evolving your leadership style as your team grows and changes
  • Staying actively engaged without dominating your team and stunting its growth
  • Recognizing failure, recovery, and success modes in your coaching
  • Getting the most out of your own personal agile coaching journey

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?

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mike Cohn          xiii

Foreword by Jim Highsmith          xv

Acknowledgments           xvii

Introduction          xix

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

References   31

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

References   56

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

References   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

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