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Agile Notes (No. 29)
As promised last time, I have re-visited the EXCELLENT Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins. I want to BE her. :) After getting laid off, I committed to becoming a full-time Scrum Master with the goal of becoming an Agile Coach. The first thing I did was re-read CAT (Coaching Agile Teams). Let’s take it a chapter at a time. Chapter 1: Will I Be a Good Coach?
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Scrum Master and Agile Coach are teaching roles. We should model Agile at all times. On pages 17-18, Adkins lays out Ten Abilities and Mind-Sets Prevalent In People Who Have The Native Wiring for Coaching:
They can read a room. They can feel the emotion in the air - positive or negative.
They care about PEOPLE more than products.
They cultivate curiosity. (I love this!) They know what they don’t know.
We meet people where they are and help them take the steps to grow.
They know plans fall apart. They stay present with the team and let go of hoping for a different outcome.
They have a thirst for learning.
They believe excellence is a goal worth pursuing.
They have a low tolerance for institutional reasons that hold people back from excellence, the one that ‘just are because they have always been.’ It drives them crazy when someone says, ‘Yeah, I know it’s a waste of time, but that’s the way we do it here. [See the picture above.]
Chaos and destruction are the building blocks for something better.
They risk being wrong and they own it when it happens.
Yeah - this was an excellent place to start. In the beginning of this chapter, she says that Agile Coaches rely on skills from work/life coaching to help each person become the best agilist they can become.
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