Are you playing Football by the Rules?

I have to admit that I’m quite the American Football fan. Growing up in Pennsylvania, my team was the Philadelphia Eagles. If you know anything about them, you know that they have a relatively “vigorous and unrelentingly positive” fanbase. https://www.facebook.com/UKGridiron/videos/snowballing-santa_15-december/743806219452545/But then years ago, I moved to the New York tri-state area and became a fan of the NY Giants. I root for those two teams during the season unless they’re playing each other, then I root for the Eagles.But let’s move it along a bit…While there is heated play on the…

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Agile Coaching CoP Partnership Program

Agile Coaching in the world of Business Agility can be a uniquely challenging space. One of those challenge areas is with your Agile Coaching Communities of Practice. A group encompassing your Agile Coach and Scrum Master teams that encourages their ongoing collaboration, learning, and growth. It can be a centerpiece of your overall impact and value proposition or another boring group meeting. Bob Galen is the author of Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching. He’s an accomplished coach with a long history of coaching from the team to the boardroom. His personal…

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How We Built a Global Bad-Ass Coaching Community

My colleague and friend Julee Everett is an incredible agile leader and coach. I met her quite a few years ago, and we’ve continued to stay in touch, influencing one another.Recently, she wrote an article entitled— How We Built a Global Bad-Ass Coaching Community: 5 C’s to Drive Powerful Coaching Outcomes and Scale a Coach Community on Medium.I just read it, and I think it’s a great case study into some of the critical steps in setting up an Agile Coaching Community of Practice, not in a theoretical or academic…

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How We Built a Global Bad-Ass Coaching Community

My colleague and friend Julee Everett is an incredible agile leader and coach. I met her quite a few years ago, and we’ve continued to stay in touch, influencing one another.Recently, she wrote an article entitled— How We Built a Global Bad-Ass Coaching Community: 5 C’s to Drive Powerful Coaching Outcomes and Scale a Coach Community on Medium.I just read it, and I think it’s a great case study into some of the critical steps in setting up an Agile Coaching Community of Practice, not in a theoretical or academic…

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Thoughtful Dialogue on Agile Market Dynamics

I saw this dialogue on LinkedIn recently and thought I’d share a part of it—From David O’ConnorI have been looking for a job as an Agile coach or even as a Scrum Master for a while now with little success. It appears that companies want Technical program managers or Delivery managers or Project managers instead. Sometimes they prefix the word "Agile" to these titles. My sense is that the change agent or coach aspect of Scrum Masters and Agile coaches is no longer desirable by most businesses. What do you…

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Our Value Isn’t Arithmetical

I saw a post the other day on LinkedIn where someone made the case on how to show value as Agile coaches, consultants, trainers, and leaders. The article was very math-focused, basically boiling everything down to the following—Value = (The benefits a client/customer/leader receives – Total cost of ownership)Then, they provided some value ROI calculations for various roles. All in all, it was a nice, tight argument. The numbers were precise, and the conclusions were compelling.We’ve all heard this argument or position when folks are speaking about organizational leaders and how…

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Agile Coaching PI Assessment, V2

I published my Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching book in January 2022, and its impact on the agile coaching community has been profound. One of my co-authors was Mark Summers. I’ve known Mark for quite a few years. He’s one of the most highly skilled agile coaches I know. He’s also incredibly humble and has tirelessly led the evolution of the Agile Coaching Growth Wheel as an Agile coaching community-driven effort.As I closed on publishing the book, I approached Jorgen Hesselberg at Comparative Agility with an interest in designing an agile coaching…

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Stay agile my friends

I’ve used this tagline for quite a while. I’m thinking for over 10 years now. I don’t think I ever explained the backstory for it and will do so now. I was influenced by the old Corona beer commercial where the actor closed each commercial with the line—Stay thirsty my friendsAnd it made sense to me to end each post with a similar bit of encouragement from an agile perspective. I’m writing this because it seems like our current global context for agility has never been more challenging. Yet, the notion…

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ACGW—The Importance of Self Mastery

I’ll get right down to it. I think the Agile Coaching Growth Wheel figure needs to be updated. Not in a drastic way, but more to emphasize the importance of Self Mastery in all aspects of an Agile Coaches daily journey in skills and competency development. This post is inspired by one that Joel Bancroft-Connors wrote about the Agile Coaching Growth Wheel on LinkedIn and several replies from Huy Nguyen. Here’s the first—As I've said before, the self-mastery thing in the middle can sometimes dwarf the rest. There's a lot more…

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Mindset of the Agile Coach as…

Self-Mastery is the hub of the Agile Coaching Growth Wheel. As such, it serves as a central connection to all of the competencies with the Wheel. In other words, each competency has self-mastery as a foundational layer when operating within that competency. That being said, when I think of Self-Mastery within the context of the ACGW, I also think about the unique mindset that each competency requires. It’s not one mindset across all competencies but unique aspects that emerge for each competency.Below, I wanted to explore what I think of as…

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