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ACE (@AgileEx) How to stay fresh in a long haul coaching journey -Rachel Davies

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How to Stay Fresh on a Long Haul Coaching Journey?

The wonderful thing about coaching teams over a long period is getting time to work through a wider range of challenges and seeing them work through all the highs and lows. After the excitement of the "Agile honeymoon", weeks roll into months and months into years. You may find maintaining momentum on learning and growth can be tough -- especially when you're there all the time. Once the initial novelty wears off and you risk become part of the furniture, it's easy for a team to defer making changes and for a coach to lose their freshness and zest. I've found the secret lies in shifting to more one-on-one coaching and taking a backseat in team discussions. Come to this session to hear ideas for keeping your coaching approach fresh!

About Rachel

Rachel Davies is an internationally recognised expert in coaching teams on the effective use of Agile approaches. She is author of the first book on Agile Coaching ( and an invited speaker at industry conferences around the world.

Rachel has over 20 years experience in software development in a variety of roles from software developer to manager. She has been an agile practitioner since 2000 and utilises a range of agile methods including XP, SCRUM, Lean/Kanban, and DSDM Atern. She has extensive experience facilitating agile meetings and workshops.

Rachel has supported 50+ agile transitions over the last 9 years working with many well-known companies including Agresso, BBC, Egg, Nokia, Screwfix, and uSwitch. Her work regularly involves working with business stakeholders and senior management to understand driving concerns and collaboratively design a custom Agile lifecycle that fits the company culture.

Rachel has a demonstrated track record of strong management and leadership skills. She directed Agile2008 conference in Toronto, the largest ever agile conference with 1500 attendees. Rachel also served on the board of directors of non-profit US based Agile Alliance for 7 years alongside industry thoughtleaders, such as Mike Cohn, Mary Poppendieck, and Ken Schwaber.