Retrospective 91 – Agile Coach Salary + Team Science

iDoneThis – Lightweight Updates and Status Reporting for Scrum Teams

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iDoneThis is a tool that promises to bring lightweight status reporting to every company.  Its secret sauce is that it makes the process incredibly simple.  It’s the easiest way that I’ve found to run a stripped down daily standup… maybe even for dispersed teams.

If anyone you know has been too intimidated to try Agile because of what appears to be complicated rules and protocols, just turn them on to iDoneThis.  It attempts to capture the essence of scrum — daily iterative progress and improvement — without much of the overhead.

With iDoneThis, you aren’t going to get a product that’s loaded with features and configurability options.  If you’re looking for a very specific agile product and process, iDoneThis isn’t the tool for you.  iDoneThis’s is mantra is to keep it simple, and you might be surprised how powerful that is.

iDoneThis is so easy to use that after you sign up, you can keep using iDoneThis without ever having to go to their website again.

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Getting Paid as an Agile Coach

An actual check I received for coaching! 🙂

Some questions come at the perfect time. I was asked in an email by an AgileScout reader how much Agile Coaches get paid. The context of the email and content was pretty focused on the potential for lots of $$$ that he could make.

I simply responded:

“If you want to coach because the money is good… look somewhere else. Coaching is an artform. It takes not only personal involvement, but also emotional involvement to do it well. Anyone can ‘consult.’ It takes more out of you to coach, and coach well. For me, I coach because I believe it’s a calling. I coach because I seriously love helping people reach their potential. I love seeing organizations flourish, not because they deliver more product faster (with quality)… but because I see the culture change to a more positive and productive environment.

Coach because you love it. If not. Move on.”

Coaching is a calling. What do you think?

The Inclusion Factor

I now work within an Agile software product development organization.  This isn’t my first position working within software companies, but it is the first time in an Agile environment.

I’ve noticed one special thing – the inclusion factor.

In the other positions marketing was invited late, or we just crashed the party, but not here. Instead, the product marketing manager is part of the team and expected to participate, collaborate, add value and answer these questions:

1) what have I done?

2) what am I doing?

3) what roadblocks do I have?

4) how can we help?

 Way cool!

More to come…

SprintZero Update -Agile Marketing Movement

“Agile Marketing is a Movement”

An intrepid group of marketing professionals organized SprintZero earlier this month to pave a path to Marketing the Agile way. SprintZero participants met to discuss Agile Marketing values and principles. The outcome will be the Agile Marketing Manifesto.

On the highway, speed kills, but in business, it is slowness that kills. – Jim Ewel, AgileMarketing.net

Agile Marketing Moves Forward

Social marketing hasn’t dispatched old marketing practices but put the first fork in it.  Global marketing professionals need to be nimble, confirm business value & bottom-line impact, be spot-on aligned with company strategy and not forget to listen to markets – done with rapidly moving targets and more and more channels. What the C-Suite wants to know about Agile Marketing:

  • Increased flexibility and speed
  • Strategic alignment
  • Customer engagement

It was a great start. #Sprint1 is planned for later this year.  The site to provide feedback on the work-in-progress Agile Marketing Manifesto will go live soon. I’ll keep you posted. We’ll need your advice.

Keep on, keeping on!