Agile Coaching? Sure thing! What about Life Coaching in Agile Thinking?

schedule Mar 1st 10:30 AM - Jan 1st 12:00 AM place Esquire

I love being around awesome people, who build great products customers desire. 
I love learning from and together with these amazing minds. 
I love creating the right environment for teams to flourish. 
I love change, and learning from new experiences. 
I love working in Agile environments.

How about you? 
I bet there are some elements of this list why you're in Agile, too. And you can probably add even more elements to it.

The Agile Manifesto states amongst others individuals and interactions, customer collaboration and responding to change.

In our everyday life doing Agile we already respect these aspects in many ways. 
But do we practice what we preach as best we can?

I'd like to challenge your current way of thinking about people and processes. 
I'd like to challenge you to focus on you, before you focus on others. 
I'd like to challenge your current way of reflecting. 
I'd like to inspire you to go different ways. 
I'd like to inspire you to inspire others.

In Agile we're already good in improving our processes and creating well performing teams and hence building the right things in the right way. And in the Agile Manifesto's communication and collaboration piece we can even get better.
"You have not yet reached the limit of what you're capable of!" means we can always further improve. And we do follow this idea in our Agile processes, too, through continuous feedback (Retrospectives) and improvement.

And why not take it even further? Why not go "Beyond Agile"?!

Here's where aspects of Life Coaching come in handy: through also understanding and improving ourselves (how do we interact with people due to how we perceive our environment) we will even further improve communication and collaboration.

Life Coaches believe our clients know the answer. And even if Agile Coaching is slightly different than Life Coaching, I see it as very relevant in Agile Coaching, too. If we apply this in Agile, instead of giving our clients (team, colleagues) the answers, asking them powerful questions to help them be more aware of what's happening at the moment, they will find their answer for it and will have a much better commitment to making the change for themselves, their teams and the company. It's not for us to TELL them what to do, but to ASK them what's going on for themselves. Here's where I see a huge chance for improvement.

In my session I give lots of examples on how to link Life Coaching ideas to our Agile work environments. I've given the session at LAST Conference Melbourne and at the Agile Coaching Circles Meetup Melbourne. The audience was engaged and the attendees were very happy about having some new ideas on how to improve their daily work life.

Come along to be inspired by Life Coaching and thus to benefit our Agile Thinking!

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

I'm doing a Presentation Zen style presentation with pictures and quotes to inspire and engage you!

In the end the attendees and I will share some ideas on the question "How can you apply these learnings in your worklife starting tomorrow"?

Learning Outcome

You will learn how to

  • challenge your current way of thinking about people and processes
  • focus on you, before you focus on others
  • challenge your current way of reflecting
  • go different ways
  • inspire others
  • experiment with the learnings in your everyday work and personal life

Target Audience

Everyone will get value from this session: Managers, Coaches, Product Managers, Developers, People new to Agile, ...

schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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  • gnuyoga
    By gnuyoga  ~  4 years ago
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    Woowwww i love the slides Victoria has put together. Definetly a + from myside.  

    • Victoria Schiffer
      By Victoria Schiffer  ~  4 years ago
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      Thanks for the good feedback gnuyoga. Appreciate!

  • pradeep panda
    By pradeep panda  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Victoria,

       I really liked the presentation and slides which you have provided here. And its really Life Coaching on Agile, rather i would define it as an approach to help us becoming more optimistic and pragmatic and thus becoming better.  I would however prefer some more thrust if given on the ceremonies of agile (i.e. planning, daily stand up, review and retrosective) with concrete examples, so that audience can relate more and take away will be maximum.

    Just to add, i like the way you have ended your slides. While listening to presentation, i was really thinking about the need of a strong end to make the slide complete and must say, you did it perfectly.

    Regards

    Pradeep

    • Victoria Schiffer
      By Victoria Schiffer  ~  4 years ago
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      Thanks for your comment Pradeep. Good to hear you liked my presentation and slides.

      "I really liked the presentation and slides which you have provided here. And its really Life Coaching on Agile, rather i would define it as an approach to help us becoming more optimistic and pragmatic and thus becoming better."

      You put it well in saying it is an approach to help us become more optimistic, pragmatic and becoming better!

      I would however prefer some more thrust if given on the ceremonies of agile (i.e. planning, daily stand up, review and retrosective) with concrete examples, so that audience can relate more and take away will be maximum.

      In my presentation I gave at the "Agile Coaching Circles" this week on the same topic, I gave plenty of expamples to relate to our Agile environments, the ceremonies and how and where we can apply the ideas. The discussion after the presentation with the attendees is especially valuable, as it helps them to relate to their specific environment and experience and gives others even more of an idea on how to apply the learnings.

      Just to add, i like the way you have ended your slides. While listening to presentation, i was really thinking about the need of a strong end to make the slide complete and must say, you did it perfectly.

      Thank you! Happy to hear I was able to make a strong end!

      Kind regards.
      Victoria

  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Victoria - you address several intereting perspectives in making coaching a much more holistic self-development endeavor than simply learning the mechanics of agile methods and practices. I think that is very interesting and perhaps much needed to generally improve the level of practitioners and coaches in general. However, one thing that I am trying to understand is how can we focus on identifying some really key topics out of it and, more importantly, give real-life examples that help practitioners relate to it in their daily routine. Given that this is a practitioner conference, we expect most attendees to have some level of functional skills, so it will be great if we could share some perspectives that they could relate to. Also, do you want to look at other tracks, e.g. agile lifecycle in case you find a better fit with that track? Of course, with more inputs, we will be in a better position to review it for Beyond Agile track. 

    -TV

    • Victoria Schiffer
      By Victoria Schiffer  ~  4 years ago
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      Hi TV, 

      thank you for your thoughts and questions regarding my session. 

      I appreciate you saying this, as it is the message I want to send: "you address several intereting perspectives in making coaching a much more holistic self-development endeavor than simply learning the mechanics of agile methods and practices. I think that is very interesting and perhaps much needed to generally improve the level of practitioners and coaches in general."

      "However, one thing that I am trying to understand is how can we focus on identifying some really key topics out of it and, more importantly, give real-life examples that help practitioners relate to it in their daily routine. Given that this is a practitioner conference, we expect most attendees to have some level of functional skills, so it will be great if we could share some perspectives that they could relate to."

      The key topics I'm covering is how can we improve our awareness and understanding of ourselves and our team mates and colleagues for a better communication and collaboration (a key part in the Agile Manifesto). In doing so we will further improve building the right product in the right way, as we will have a chance to get more insights in what's really important in a discussion. We don't just stop with statements like "we can't do this". We will approach this with curiosity and not judgement. "What if you could?!" is a very powerful question to ask in a situation like that. Or getting more insights into what "we can't" actually means. E.g. can't at the moment due to lack of skills, people on the team or anything else.

      In my session I give lots of examples on how to link Life Coaching ideas to our Agile work environments. I've given the session at the Agile Coaching Circles Melbourne yesterday and even added two group exercises which helped engage the audience even further. The attendees were very happy about having some new ideas on how to improve their daily work life.

      "Also, do you want to look at other tracks, e.g. agile lifecycle in case you find a better fit with that track? Of course, with more inputs, we will be in a better position to review it for Beyond Agile track."

      I was thinking about either the "Agile Lifecycle" or the "Beyond Agile" track and have decided to go with the latter in the end. The reason for it being in the statement "focusing on taking Agile methods to the next level". This is what I see in "Life Coaching in Agile". It's thinking beyond introducing Agile Practices, it's about further improving on a different level, which feeds into the Agile Process very nicely. If you feel it is better placed in the "Agile Lifecycle" track, I'm happy to discuss :)

      Let me know what you think and if I've covered your questions.

      Victoria

  • Jerry Rajamoney
    By Jerry Rajamoney  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Victoria,

    Thanks for this very different topic you have proposed. I have few queries after looked at the content, ppt and you-tube video.

    1. What is the value add the participant get out of this? What is the problem area you are trying to focus?

    2. I observed your ppts have reference to NLP & Coaching fundamentals (Which is great) but how do you link this links to the "Agile" Domain?

    The whole Coaching practice is based on the underlying belief that "You (the client) knows the answer” (ICF). Don’t you agree Agile coaching is very different from the life coaching?

    So, is your presentation is to help the life coaches to have Agile mindset? OR is it for the Agilest to use the concepts from Life Coaching?

    Could you able to throw some light on the above queries? Thanks for your time.

    Thanks,

    Jerry

    • Victoria Schiffer
      By Victoria Schiffer  ~  4 years ago
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      Hello Jerry,

      thank you for your comment on my session proposal. I'm more than happy to throw some light on your questions.

      "1. What is the value add the participant get out of this? What is the problem area you are trying to focus?
      2. I observed your ppts have reference to NLP & Coaching fundamentals (Which is great) but how do you link this links to the "Agile" Domain?"

      In Agile we're already good in improving our processes and creating well performing teams and hence building the right things in the right way. And in the Agile Manifesto's communication and collaboration piece we can even get better. 

      "You have not yet reached the limit of what you're capable of!" means we can always further improve. And we do follow this idea in our Agile processes, too, through continuous feedback (Retrospectives) and improvement. 

      And why not take it even further? Why not go "Beyond Agile"?!

      Here's where aspects of Life Coaching come in handy: through also understanding and improving ourselves (how do we interact with people due to how we perceive our environment) we will even further improve communication and collaboration.

      In my session I give lots of examples on how to link Life Coaching ideas to our Agile work environments. I've given the session at the Agile Coaching Circles Melbourne yesterday and even added two group exercises which helped engage the audience even further. The attendees were very happy about having some new ideas on how to improve their daily work life.

      Jerry you said "The whole Coaching practice is based on the underlying belief that "You (the client) knows the answer” (ICF). Don’t you agree Agile coaching is very different from the life coaching?" - Exactly, we as Coaches believe our clients know the answer. And even if Agile Coaching is slightly different than Life Coaching, I see it as very relevant in Agile Coaching, too. If we apply this in Agile, instead of giving our clients the answers, asking them powerful questions to help them be more aware of what's happening at the moment, they will find their answer for it and will have a much better commitment to making the change for themselves, their teams and the company. It's not for us to TELL them what to do, but to ASK them what's going on for themselves. Here's where I see a huge chance for improvement.

      In regards to your question: "So, is your presentation is to help the life coaches to have Agile mindset? OR is it for the Agilest to use the concepts from Life Coaching?" - Even thought the Life Coaching area can surely also learn from Agile, I won't cover this, as this is not relevant for the audience. It is for the Agilists to use the concepts from Life Coaching!

      I hope this throws some more light on the open questions. If not, please let me know and I'm happy to provide some more insights.

      Victoria

  • Victoria Schiffer
    By Victoria Schiffer  ~  4 years ago
    reply Reply

    Happy about feedback, also if you're looking for specific ideas that I can cover in my session.


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    Lynne Cazaly is a communications specialist and master facilitator. Lynne provides clarity to project complexity through workshops, training and visual strategy. Lynne trains, facilitates, speaks and coaches on visual facilitation, visual thinking and other engaging tools for project people, to help boost buy-in, collaboration and engagement.

    Lynne Cazaly is the author of the book 'Visual Mojo - how to capture thinking, convey information and collaborate using visuals'. 

    http://www.lynnecazaly.com.au/visual-mojo-the-book-lynne-caz/

    Included in this session is 30 icons to use straight away which Lynne calls 'Quick Pics'.

    Lynne recently ran the session again in New Zealand at an Agile Wellington Meetup - read their comments here

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    Ellen Grove - Build Your Dreams: User Requirements Gathering with LEGO Serious Play

    90 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Let your hands be the search engine for your brain! LEGO® Serious Play® is a powerful thinking, communicating and problem solving technique that can help you and your team do serious work through structured play activities using a popular and playful 3D modeling toy. Through a facilitated process of building models that, storytelling and reflection, every person at the table is engaged and actively participating in the discussion, whether the topic is individual aspirations, team relationships, developing a new product or solving a wicked organizational problem. Everyone builds and everyone tells their story – all participants have equal opportunity to put their own points of view on the table, unlocking new perspectives and exposing the answers that are already in the room.  LEGO Serious Play has been used successfully for team-building and problem solving in a variety of organizations, from NASA to RBC to academic settings and public utilities.  

    This presentation provides a hands-on introduction to LEGO Serious Play, so that you can experience firsthand how using LEGO to do real work unleashes creativity and enables meaningful conversations in a very short time. We will explore how to use this playful technique to collaboratively elicit information about user requirements and strategic design issues using the open source User Requirements with Lego methodology developed by a team at the University of Lugano, Switzerland.  This approach is particularly suited to Agile teams that want to get team members and stakeholders sharing their different perspectives on common goals in an open and light-weight manner.