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Below is a video of the session summary by Gil Broza and Linda Cook. Video courtesy of Selena Delesie:
I wasn’t the session originator, but I have the following notes
Session: What Makes a Great Agile Coach and how to you get to be one?
First the group attempted to identify the attributes of a good Agile Coach and the list is long:
Patience, Good/Active Listeners, knowledgeable and passionate, inspiring, facilitation skills, life-long learning, a ‘good bartender’, fearless and honest. Many more leadership qualities so…
Discussion evolved into the question: we should define the difference between Coach and Leader.
Coach – a facilitator of growth and change
Leader – leads teams towards a specific destination, but established that this could be a single person or a group of people.
How to become a great Agile Coach:
Find a mentor: work with other coaches, peer:peer groups. Someone asked : what are the non-software coaches doing? This question was not answered in this session.
Trial and Error: be brave
Learn from other people in different environments: field trips
Become a bartender: coaching dojos, build a toolbox with options to pull out to suit the time/place/dynamic
Recognize what pushes your buttons and learn how to choose not become hooked.
Teach people how to fix their own issues….
Summary delivered by Simon de Boer. Video provided by Selena Delesie
Gary Rubalsky led this session that dealt with helping teams that are new to agile to ’step up’ and move away from titles, pre-defined roles, seniority which could impede team success. In this video he makes the following key points:
- Define the team mission and goal.
- Understand individual career goals and recognize if there is a mismatch.
- Core definition of a cross-functional team
- All core skills are on the same working together
- Leverage ancillary skills from outside the team
- Build a skills matrix plotting team members against skills needed by team
Thanks Selena Delesie for posting the video!
Yvonne Kish and Ian Chamberlain present results of the session “How Do We Reveal and Demonstrate to the Business the Value of Work That is No Longer Done? Video courtesy of Selena Delesie.