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Everyone should be an agile coach

  • Dec 3, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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"Everyone should be an agile coach"

We'll discuss the benefits of thinking like an agile coach, and how you can make that work.  Why is this good?  

• Everyone trying to think like a coach (for just a few minutes every day) improves team performance.

• Every agile team member should be trying to learn every agile job. 

• We're agile, so that's enough reasons why, let's try it and see how it works.

This will be a discussion-heavy meeting, so come ready to talk.

Facilatated by David Seibert.

Bio: David Seibert is an old-fashioned super-generalist software consultant in the Triangle area who has trouble pigeon-holing his skills well enough to come up with a good business name. He supports his cooking habit by finding useful and profitable ways to use the web, especially ones involving OO software, even if that means he has to put his software on mainframes from time to time.

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  • Michael T.

    Hey, everyone. This was my first meetup with the group and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll definitely be attending more.

    December 5, 2013

  • Tim A.

    Thanks for the ideas last night. Here's are notes to help leverage with our colleagues.
    -Come up w bad examples, on purpose. It compels team to come up with better ideas.
    -Switch team roles around, even if for a short while.
    -Work extra hard to create safe environments.
    -Whole team: skip email and IM for one whole day.
    -Team member: take a team to visit another team, ie "roadtrip"
    -Similar idea, "prisoner exchange" where a lead dev of one team temporarily swapped with another team.
    -Conditions have to be right but switch to kanban and back so team sees new practices.
    -Neutral outsider q&a always helpful.
    -Take a safety check at beginning of retrospectives 1-5 scoring... Proceed only if safe to do so.
    -Retrospective model: Liked, learned, lacked, and longed for.
    -Apply agile practices to other areas, ie paired mgt.
    -Use viscerally driven questions such as "what's that smell?" or "what's that bad sound?". Use it for your journey line and be sure to end on a good note.

    December 4, 2013

  • David S.

    Many thanks to all those "pigs" who shared their thoughts.

    I forgot one of my favorite "completely different" associations - both teams and lists of high-level design considerations should have 3-7 members, and most salads have 3-7 ingredients. Coincidence, or does this say something about how humans work best?

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Ahmad T.

    It was my first ARTp meeting. Very informative!

    December 3, 2013

  • Benjie D.

    Nice discussions tonight. Thanks David! Someone asked me to post the link to the Agile Lunches discussion group: If you're interested in joining us, please RSVP so that I have a good count for each lunch.

    December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first time coming to an ARTp event - anything I should know about parking and where to go in the building? Thanks!

    December 2, 2013

    • Benjie D.

      There is guest parking in front of the building. Go in the main entrance, sign in with the person at the front desk, and then meeting is down the stairs (they'll point you in the right direction).

      December 3, 2013

    • Greg F.

      I'll be there soon in case there are any issues. The security guard is usually very helpful if it is Mike.

      December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend. Please post any presentation or reference material from this session. Thanks.

    December 2, 2013

  • Arjay

    Great topic! Looking forward to it.

    November 1, 2013

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