Coaching Like “Columbo”: Simple Questions to Start Tough ConversationsDr. Patrick McConnell
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Small compromises in Agile practices can ultimately lead to major impacts on team health and their ability to deliver valuable solutions to users. Unfortunately, between getting lost down in the weeds of technology creation and the natural human tendency to postpone or avoid uncomfortable discussions, it’s easy to lose sight of how a shortcut today may kill a team (or even an entire company) down the road.
Working in teams, participants will explore the links between Agile and Scrum principles, and tangible results that come from sacrifing aspects of those approaches, using the approach of beloved American TV detective, “Columbo:” Ask a simple question, and then tease apart all the justifications and excuses when the answer is less than ideal. The author will first lead the entire room through a discussion of one seven basic questions about Scrum performance, with the goal of identifying healthy and unhealthy responses, and identifying what behaviors and dynamics would support each state. Working in groups, participants will tackle another question in the same manner on their own. The session will conclude with time-boxed presentation and discussion of each group’s findings.