It’s been 20 years of Agile Manifesto; still, organizations are struggling in Agile transformation. It’s not only because many people don’t understand Agile, but also because different people have different Agile understandings. Moreover, some of them are heavily based on a waterfall mindset with Scrum/Kanban practices.
I have been experiencing a trend of working with people who claim to know Agile, but actually, they have some wrong impression of it — for example, running sprints under fixed budget, scope and timeline projects.
The most useful learning isn’t usually a strict addition of new knowledge, but first unlearning something false or…
Are you trying to become a better person professionally or personally?
Are you looking for techniques for personal growth?
Are you trying to become a great leader?
There are many techniques and models that you can use to understand yourself. One of my favourites is “Empathy Map.”
Empathy Map is one of the techniques used in human-centred design to understand the customer. It helps you know your user’s needs while developing a deeper understanding of the user as a person.
I have been using this for quite some time. As users are people, so I thought one day, why don’t…
Are you trying too hard to be present with your client during coaching conversation? Are you the one who struggles with your mind’s thoughts popping up while you are trying to listen and understand your client?
It used to happen to me, and I was curious to find the secret of being present. I tried multiple techniques, and finally, I found what helped me being present. It can only come by practice. Well, I must say not only practice but with the mindful practice.
Before I share my experience, let me clarify the definition of coaching presence. Coaching presence is…
At the beginning of my agile coaching engagements, I met a few CSCs (Certified Scrum Coach, which converted into CEC and CTC later). I got fascinated with their approach and knowledge. That’s how I decided to pursue this journey. The other reasons were to become a better coach and improve my agile experience. This journey gave me all the opportunities and direction to grow.
I did a lot of research to understand the Scrum Alliance’s expectations from a guide level coach. I can categorize them into three big buckets:
I recently watched an interview with psychologist Gabriele Oettingen who developed a strategy for mental contrasting called WOOP. This technique helps turn wishful thinking into reality. WOOP is named for each step in the process:
W: Identifying your Wish,
O: Imagining the Outcome,
O: Anticipating the Obstacle,
P: Developing a specific Plan.
She explained this technique in her book: “Rethinking Positive Thinking.”
How can this technique help Agile Coaches into their day to day coaching? I can foresee some applications as:
1) Individual Coaching:
This technique can be used in one-on-one coaching sessions to discuss conflicts, relationships with team members…
Have you ever heard from any scrum master or agile coach saying these words:
“I am fighting for my team.”
“These people are insane. They don’t understand.”
There are many versions of these kinds of statements. What people try to do to fight for their teams? They just mean, I read scrum guide, and it’s written ‘a…b…c.’ I am complaining leaders, they should follow this, but they don’t. When they don’t follow, these agile champions get frustrated or try to leave.
Do we simply forget what we teach teams about the agile manifesto? …
Active listening is a communication technique used in coaching, counselling, and mentoring. It can be developed and excelled with practice over the period of time. The underlined principle of active listening is to fully concentrate, understand, and ensure that you hear the other person, and that the other person knows you are listening what they say.
Difference Between Hearing and Listening
Though many people think that hearing and listening are the same, but it is not true. Listening goes far beyond one’s natural hearing process.
On the one hand hearing is just a passive occurrence that requires no effort. Listening…