As an Agile Coach myself, I found a recent article that I read quite interesting. Recently I’ve been writing and reviewing some articles about being an Agile Coach and the laughable article by Derek Huether on Zombies. It seems like there is never a shortage of introspection with regard to personnel in the workplace, even introspection on yourself as a contributor or consultant.
So what, again, does it mean to be an Agile Coach? Does it mean that we need to be hard headed and look down from our ivory tower and dictate the changes that need to happen? Or do we need to be more like a graceful follower who becomes ineffective because they have lost their consultant angle to the client?
Lyssa Adkins reminds us that to be an Agile Coach we have to be willing to:
…help people face unpleasant things about themselves and their circumstances.
And to make sure that we’re not doing anything too loving.
Her final question to the readers made me think:
Are you hard enough to be an agile coach?
A little introspection here is good for the mind. An Agile Coach should wonder whether they are “coaching” enough or coddling too much. There is a fine line between coaching and just being a good friend. Assuming you’re getting paid to do an Agile transformation or helping mentor a new Agile team, one would think that a tougher approach would be of more value than just letting the chaos continue.
Read Lyssa’s full blog post here.