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So you want to hire an agile coach? by Sally Sloley

So you want to hire an agile coach? by Sally Sloley

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People decide to go agile and then take on the task of hiring a coach. But if they don’t know anything about agile, how do they know what a good coach looks like? Here I take a look at what coaches should value over the many of the things that consultant coaches value.

People decide to go agile and then take on the task of hiring a coach. But if they don’t know anything about agile, how do they know what a good coach looks like? Here I take a look at what coaches should value over the many of the things that consultant coaches value.

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So you want to hire an agile coach? by Sally Sloley

  1. 1. So, you want to get hired as an agile coach… Sally A Sloley Twitter @sallysloley Email sally@sallysloley.com Linkedin www.linkedin.com/li/sallysloley
  2. 2. Being an agile coach… To be a great coach you need to understand what a coach values…
  3. 3. Agile Assessments We value getting to know our clients, their current way of working, their vision and goals
  4. 4. Co-creation of a plan We value providing clients with just-in-time information that’s built with them based on what challenges they are trying to solve
  5. 5. Discovering which frameworks might fit We value making suggestions about frameworks that the client might want to try based on what we see them needing help with
  6. 6. Common terminology to bring clarity We value industry standard roles and terminology
  7. 7. A Culture of Learning We value teaching the client and teaching them how to teach each other
  8. 8. Alignment We value alignment of values
  9. 9. Doing “Agile” doesn’t make you agile We value an agile mindset
  10. 10. Just-in-time growth We value helping you grow organically as you need it
  11. 11. Bottlenecks We value breaking up dependencies and eliminating bottlenecks
  12. 12. Necessary documentation We value documenting only what’s necessary and having it be as lo-fidelity as possible
  13. 13. Just-in-time training We value determining what frameworks you might want to use and understanding whether you are ready to invest in them
  14. 14. Continuous Improvement There is no end state in agility. You should constantly be looking at ways to help your clients streamline, break up bottlenecks, eliminate dependencies, cross-skill their employees, and experiment. You shouldn’t need to coach forever, but it takes a long time to build the foundation that clients feel safe to work in, and occasionally fail in. Lead with values and take each small win for what it is.
  15. 15. Questions???

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