Virtually all Agile coaching techniques assume that people and teams are in normal physical and mental conditions. And even in such cases introducing the change is difficult and people tend to be resistant to change innovations.
And what happens if the team you plan to coach or manage is tired, exhausted or even burned-out? Yes, this might happen because of ineffective process and you expect that your suggestions will help, but in this this state people are not able to hear and follow new ideas. General Agile coaching and facilitation techniques will not work on the tired team or even make things worse. There is a need for an additional phase – coaching for Agile Energy, when a coach removes the lack of energy impediment from the team.
Agile Energy coaching includes special knowledge including neuroscience and burnout therapy techniques, set of requirements to the coach’s physical and mental conditions and selection of facilitation techniques that accommodate the level of team overwork.
In this talk I will describe what changes when the team is tired, how to estimate the stage of exhaustion. We will discuss what needs to be modified in the coaching and facilitation techniques and in the Agile process that you as a coach or a scrum master can help your worn out team to transition into a better process and produce steady results.
6:30 – 7:00 - Networking
7:00 - 8:00 Anna's Talk
8:00 - 8:15 Q&A
8:15 - 8:45 Networking
Anna Obukhova is a global agile portfolio-delivery manager for a large investment bank in London. She’s worked with agile methodologies since 2004 as a ScrumMaster, project/program/portfolio manager and agile coach, and is mainly interested in distributed and dispersed projects and effectiveness of team communication in such conditions.
Her passion is to collect and share the best industry and company practices in agile management. She helps agile teams and programmers to improve their processes and transition from waterfall to agile in corporate environments.
She uses her education in biology to connect working tips and recommendations with the natural processes that happen in our bodies (especially in the brain). She believes it can explain a lot and she’s very excited about how naturally agile works.