Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition (Google eBook)

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Addison-Wesley Professional, May 18, 2010 - Computers - 352 pages
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The Provocative and Practical Guide to Coaching Agile Teams

 

As an agile coach, you can help project teams become outstanding at agile, creating products that make them proud and helping organizations reap the powerful benefits of teams that deliver both innovation and excellence.

 

More and more frequently, ScrumMasters and project managers are being asked to coach agile teams. But it’s a challenging role. It requires new skills—as well as a subtle understanding of when to step in and when to step back. Migrating from “command and control” to agile coaching requires a whole new mind-set.

 

In Coaching Agile Teams, Lyssa Adkins gives agile coaches the insights they need to adopt this new mind-set and to guide teams to extraordinary performance in a re-energized work environment. You’ll gain a deep view into the role of the agile coach, discover what works and what doesn’t, and learn how to adapt powerful skills from many allied disciplines, including the fields of professional coaching and mentoring.

 

Coverage includes

  • Understanding what it takes to be a great agile coach
  • Mastering all of the agile coach’s roles: teacher, mentor, problem solver, conflict navigator, and performance coach
  • Creating an environment where self-organized, high-performance teams can emerge
  • Coaching teams past cooperation and into full collaboration
  • Evolving your leadership style as your team grows and changes
  • Staying actively engaged without dominating your team and stunting its growth
  • Recognizing failure, recovery, and success modes in your coaching
  • Getting the most out of your own personal agile coaching journey

Whether you’re an agile coach, leader, trainer, mentor, facilitator, ScrumMaster, project manager, product owner, or team member, this book will help you become skilled at helping others become truly great. What could possibly be more rewarding?

  

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Review: Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition

User Review  - Karl Metivier - Goodreads

A must read for any Agile Coach and ScrumMaster. Although not an easy read, because mostly it's packed with many information, it give you an new insight into the coach role on agile projects. After ... Read full review

Review: Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition

User Review  - Renato Willi - Goodreads

Excelent for those who want to be agile coaches, for those who already are and for those that think they already are... There's always space for improvement. Some explanations about the work, what to do, great ideas of dynamics, concepts, guidelines for acting and ways to evaluate the job. Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Mike Cohn
Foreword by Jim Highsmith
Acknowledgments
Introduction
About the Author
It Starts with You
Chapter 1 Will I Be a Good Coach?
Chapter 2 Expect High Performance
Chapter 6 Coach as Facilitator
Chapter 7 Coach as Teacher
Chapter 8 Coach as Problem Solver
Chapter 9 Coach as Conflict Navigator
Chapter 10 Coach as Collaboration Conductor
Getting More for Yourself
Chapter 11 Agile Coach Failure Recovery and Success Modes
Chapter 12 When Will I Get There?

Chapter 3 Master Yourself
Chapter 4 Let Your Style Change
Helping the Team Get More for Themselves
Chapter 5 Coach as CoachMentor
Chapter 13 Its Your Journey
Index
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About the author (2010)

Lyssa Adkins has taught Scrum to hundreds of students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to many apprentice coaches since 2004. Coaching coaches one-on-one and in small groups, she enjoys a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams they coach. Prior to agile, Adkins had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers in large and small consulting firms, commercial software companies, and the Fortune 500, yet nothing prepared her for the power of agile done simply and well. She teaches the “Coaching Agile Teams” training course, which allows agile coaches to learn, practice, and deepen the skills and mind-sets offered in the book.

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