Book Notes #10: Agile Coaching by Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley

Agile Coaching is a practical guide to creating strong agile teams and demystifies agile practices, to discover how to use agile coaching skills and coach your teams to become more Agile.

Title: Agile Coaching
Author: Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley
Year: 2009
Pages: 221

Agile Coaching by Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley is an essential guide for professionals who want to learn the skills and techniques necessary to effectively coach agile teams. 

To lead change, you need to expand your toolkit, and this book gives you the tools you need to make the transition from agile practitioner to agile coach.

Agile Coaching is all about working with people to create great agile teams. You’ll learn how to build a team that produces great software and has fun doing it. In the process, you’ll grow a team that’s self-sufficient and skilful.

As a result, I gave this book a rating of 8.0/10.

For me, a book with a note 10 is one I consider reading again every year. Among the books I rank with 10, for example, is Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Overview of Agile Coaching

Agile Coaching provides you with a deeper knowledge of how agile practices work and how to inspire your team to improve. 

Discover how to coach your team through the agile lifecycle, from planning to writing software, and learn the secrets of running effective agile meetings and how to get your team to follow a consistent approach to creating software. 

Find out what works and what to avoid when introducing agile practices to your team. 

Featuring easy-to-follow steps, the book provides readers with the tools and strategies needed to successfully coach and mentor team members, foster collaboration, and increase productivity.

The authors draw on their extensive experience to provide readers with actionable advice and real-world examples that are essential for successful coaching.

Some key insights and learnings from Agile Coaching include:

– Become an effective agile coach and mentor.

– Identify and address team dysfunctions.

– Foster collaboration and trust between teams.

– Encourage continual learning and improvement.

– Use effective facilitation techniques to ensure successful meetings.

– Utilize agile principles to increase team engagement.

The authors cover many situations that can occur with teams new to agile and some ways to get them past obstacles.

Throughout the book, the authors share their personal coaching stories from experience with real teams, giving you insights into what works and what to avoid. Each chapter also covers hurdles that you and your team may face and what to do to clear them.

My Book Highlights & Quotes

“… During stand-up meeting, make sure each team member is reporting to the team and not to one individual in particular. This is not a status reporting meeting, but an opportunity for the team members to coordinate their day’s work. At Insidr, we have the scrum master take notes during the meeting, and it can very easily devolve into each member reporting status to the scrum master, each in turn, while nobody else pays attention. This is the opposite of what the stand-up meeting is meant to be…”

“… Have the stand-up meeting at the task board, or bring the task board to the stand-up meeting. The meeting is more meaningful if the tasks being discussed are right in front of everybody…”

“… Approach reading a book like building a jigsaw puzzle: peruse all the pieces, find the edges, work out the easy parts of the interior, and keep the most difficult pieces for last. When dealing with a book, scan all the headings and illustrations to get the overall message, then read the parts that provide the overall structure, skipping hard passages to focus on breadth over depth, then coming back to parts of interest…”

In conclusion, Agile Coaching is a must-read for professionals who want to learn the skills and techniques necessary to become an effective agile coach. 

With its comprehensive approach, Agile Coaching offers valuable insights into agile methodology and provides readers with the tools they need to become successful coaches and mentors. 

By leveraging facilitation techniques and encouraging continuous learning and improvement, readers can foster.

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