What is coaching?
“It is helping to identify the skills and capabilities that are within the person, and enabling them to use them to the best of their ability” — wikipedia
Individuals and Interactions over Process and Tools.
The above is one of the 4 values espoused in the manifesto but yet it is common to see many agile coaches engage with teams and organisations advocating more and more processes. This is a common sight with new teams and also with teams on the path of agile transition from few months to few years irrespective of the competency, skills and maturity of the teams. Agile Fluency model created by Diana Larse and James Shore highlights the focus on value over compliance and practices at any given level
“ Team fluency depends on more than just the capability of the individuals on the team. It also depends on management structures, relationships, organizational culture, and more. Don’t make the mistake of blaming individuals for low team fluency, or assuming that one highly-skilled individual will guarantee high team fluency ”
An agile coach responsible for building high performing teams will need right set of powerful tools and techniques to leverage while working with teams and also to set the right expectations to both management and teams. This talk will draw from experience using few such powerful tools mentioned below while coaching teams attain fluency.
1) Using Agile Fluency @ High Level to Set Expectations
2) Setting Team Norms & Working Agreements
3) Deliberate Practice
4) Creating Enablers for a Learning Organisation
5) Simple Measures