Practicing What I Preached: Confessions of a Reformed Enterprise Agile Coach

Agile coaching is a booming industry -- but what do companies hope to get out of coaching, and what tangible impact does coaching actually have on a team? What happens when you take an agile coach and force them to "eat their own dog food"? This is what happened to me. Join me in my personal journey of transitioning from an enterprise agile coach to a programmer on a team, and what I learned about agile, coaching, and myself in the process. 

 
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Based on a personal story, with woven-in lessons I've learned along the way. 

- How I became an agile coach

- How I became disillusioned with coaching

- What I learned about Agile and coaching by being a team member

- What I would recommend to organizations investing in coaching 

Learning Outcome

- Patterns and Anti-Patterns for organizational approach to coaching. Should companies hire coaches? Entire coaching organizations? How should they employ them? 

- Patterns and anti-patterns for coaches. What is the best way to engage in teams? What coaching behaviour is counter-productive? What kind of experience do coaches need to be effective? 

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Agile team members, coaches, managers

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