Positive Psychology for Agile Coaching
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Positive Psychology for Agile Coaching

10 Neuro-Linguistic Programming presuppositions applied for Agile Coaching

About the Book

Agile is about individuals and interactions. Coaching agile teams is much more about the human side of agile software development than tools and technologies. For agile coaching, a very important skill is to understand how the human behaviour works, having a positive vision of each person, each team and the culture of the organisation. Positive Psychology is a science of optimum human functioning. Neuro-Linguistic Programming brings a mindset and a structure to enable Positive Psychology.

Since I started working with agile coaching in 2013, I realised the importance to learn coaching. I attended a training of life and business coaching, where I realised the importance of NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, to coach people. So I did the NLP Practitioner training as well. Since this course, I am connecting the ideas of coaching and NLP with agile coaching. I will share few ideas here on the 10 main NLP presuppositions for agile coaching, which are related to Positive Psychology.

The presuppositions are beliefs and assumptions that build the core of NLP. NLP presuppositions can help the agile coach or who else is doing agile coaching to have a better and positive perspective on individuals and teams. Following these 10 presuppositions, the agile coach can have more chances to succeed in the agile transformation in an organization.

About the Editor

Dionatan Moura
Dionatan Moura

Dionatan Moura is a pilgrim, book writer, agile coach, software craftsworker, and coordinator of agile communities. Working since 2006 in software development, started on agile methods in 2009. Since then, agile and software craftsmanship is at his heart. He signed the Agile Manifesto in July of 2009 and the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship in 2014. In his journey on mindfulness, coaching, neuro-linguistic programming, spirituality, Zen and Taoism, he discovered the most important thing in agile coaching is to believe that every person has the potential to achieve everything they wish in life.

Conheça meus livros publicados em português:

O Mantra da Produtividade - O Mantra da Produtividade Aprimore sua produtividade com técnicas de foco e organização pessoal. Editora Casa do Código, 2016. https://www.casadocodigo.com.br/products/livro-mantra-produtividade

eXtreme Programming - Práticas para o dia a dia no desenvolvimento ágil de software. Editora Casa do Código, 2015. https://www.casadocodigo.com.br/products/livro-xp-extreme-programming

Table of Contents

  • Author Bio
  • Introduction
  • 1 The Map is not the Territory
    • Non-Judgment
  • 2 People work perfectly
    • Empathy and trust
  • 3 People make the best choice available at any given time
    • Culture of experimentation and knowledge sharing
  • 4 People have all the resources they need
    • Active listening and making questions
    • Understanding the team knowledge
    • Step back, seeing beauty in chaos
  • 5 The meaning of communication is the response you get
    • Non-verbal language
    • Communicate in-person
    • Speak metaphors, analogies and examples
  • 6 There is no failure, only feedback
    • Establish a continuous improvement mechanism
  • 7 If you want to understand, experience it
    • Go to the Gemba
    • Let the teams prepared to fail and improve
  • 8 Every behaviour has a positive intention
    • Show respect
    • Increase positive intent
    • Talk about solutions, not problems
  • 9 Possible in the world, possible for me
    • Setting team goals
    • Planting agile seeds
  • 10 The person or element with the most flexibility in a system will have the most influence
    • The path of less resistance

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