The Agile Coaching DNA
The Agile Coaching DNA
About the Book
This book will be an evolutionary work to share ideas and experiences about practices and techniques to catalyse improvements, promote awareness, boost ownership, develop competencies, and facilitate barrier removal during the journey of agile adoption.
This material will grow iteratively and incrementally. I will highlight the new "features" of the book in the next release notes. Your feedback will be the fuel to improve this material, and your comments and ideas will drive the evolution of this book.
Version 7.0 (latest)
I proudly introduce the release 7.0 of the Agile Coaching DNA Book. Now, all five objectives/elements of the model are covered and detailed. It's a special moment for the Agile Coaching DNA community.
In this release, we're digging into the subject of facilitating barrier removal. It's a hot topic for many companies. For this reason, we're exploring different concepts and tools to assist Agile Coaches in creating effective ways to facilitate this process.
Following the tradition, I invited a few special guests to enrich and expand the options to overcome obstacles. Hugo Azevedo, Nafees Butt, Gustavo Irisa, Lara Rejane, Samuel Crescêncio, Johnny Ordóñez, Eduardo Brandão, and Vitor Queiroz are sharing narratives about approaches to deal with the most frequent type of barriers in the organisations.
Additionally, we're exploring the following topics:
- How to deal with the AntiValue, AntiFlow and AntiEvolution.
- Typical levers to remove barriers
- How to use the Agile Coaching DNA recursively
- How to make systemic interventions in the organisation
- How to use The Improvement Mapping to facilitate the barrier removal
I'm sure, you're going to enjoy this version.
* Notes for release 7.1
In this version, we added a bibliography section at the end of the book.
- Version 7.1 (latest)
- Version 7.0
- Version 6.1
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- Version 5.0
- Version 4.2
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- Version 1.0
- Typical challenges during a change journey
Who are the clients of Agile Coaching
- Who is the client in Agile contexts?
- Coaching Agile teams requires an integral approach
- Why do we need Agile Coaches?
- You may not need Agile Coaches
- How to avoid fluffy approaches.
- Identifying a reasonable level of coachability
- Non-judgemental approach increases coachability
- The origin of this DNA
Introducing the DNA for Agile Coaching
- Catalyse Improvements
- Promote Awareness
- Boost Ownership
- Facilitate Barrier Removal
- Develop Competencies
- How to evolve with this DNA
- Examples of Agile Coaching activities based on this DNA
Practices to catalyse improvements
- Agile Coach as Change Facilitator
Strategies for change facilitation
- Reduce the friction in organisational changes
- GROWing improvements
Ingredients to catalyse organisational improvement
- Change management vs change facilitation
- What are the most important ingredients for change?
Extracting a metamodel of ingredients to change
- Clarity and responsibility about why change is necessary
- Desire to collaborate on the change journey
- Low organisational friction and high safety to explore new things
- A continuous review cycle covering all the listed ingredients
- A brief story about this ingredient metamodel
- Takeaway from the ingredients to catalyse improvements
Practices to promote awareness
- Key enablers for awareness
Driving people’s attention to actionable areas
A few more ideas to increase awareness
- Identity the sources of dissatisfaction using STATIK
- Be aware of interruptions
- Several things I think that help promote awareness
- Visual Thinking
- System thinking to promote awareness
- Takeaway regarding the practices to promote awareness
Agile Coaching supported by a data-informed culture
- Why are metrics important?
- Gathering data to feed good retrospectives
A few examples of actionable metrics
- Lead Time
- Flow Efficiency
- Health Checks
- Measure outcomes, not a particular practice or technique
- Team Agility Health Check
- Organisational Agility Health Check
- Business Measurements - Focus on the direction, not only on the speed
- Experiments based on data
- Wrapping the learnings
Practices to boost ownership
- Psychological Ownership
- The Dude’s law - The key to unlocking ownership
- Fix the system, not the individuals
- Create an organisational exoskeleton to boost the sense of ownership
- Why decentralise the decision-making process?
- A few more ingredients
Delegation board: A tool to foster engagement
- Key decision areas
- Factors to weigh
- The seven levels
- The board
- Another brief example of a delegation board
- The main takeaway regarding how to boost ownership
Practices to develop competencies
- It’s not only about providing training
The KAFE of competencies
- A simple real example
- Designing new competencies
- The boundaries and overlaps between coaching and mentoring
- The everyday learning
- Agile Coach as a Learning Facilitator
- Ingredients to develop competencies
Collaborative and emergent learning as a critical element to developing competencies
- Learning 1.0
- Learning 2.0
- Learning 3.0
- The essence of Learning 3.0
- Learning Canvas - A tool to promote collaborative learning
- How to use Learning 3.0 in Agile Teams?
- Cross-pollination of ideas and experiences
- The homework regarding the development of competencies
Practices to facilitate barrier removal
The most typical barriers
- The AntiValue
- The AntiFlow
- The AntiEvolution
- A few narratives to deal with obstacles
Synthesising the typical levers
- Recursive use of the Agile Coaching DNA
- System thinking as the key ingredient
- Improvement Mapping - An example of a tool
- Takeaways about facilitation of barrier removal
- The most typical barriers
Agile Coaching as an activity, not as a role
- A full-time role?
- Is there any solution for this situation?
- Avoiding the kiss of death
- Democratising the Activity of Agile Coaching
- The Great Takeaway
- The general takeaway
- Collaborate to the next versions of this book
- About the author
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