To Pair, or Not to Pair
Most Agile teams learn the ceremonies and other Agile jargons sooner than we could imagine.They add few meetings to their project execution and talk in a fancy language that would make us believe in Agile utopia. Everything seems fine and happy, until one day their happy bubble bursts and they realize that they are just 'doing' Agile and not 'being' Agile. One primary culprit here is that the teams often neglect their core technical practices and don't challenge their status quo. Which means they don't change anything about the way they design, code or test but just modify their management processes and await a miracle. There are three primary reason why we observe this Agile smell in most teams. It is believed that there are no immediate results in modifying these practices, its is hard to change the existing practice because of umpteen man-made reasons and finally no one knows where to begin their journey.
Here in this talk I would like to address the third challenge and explain how a (non-technical) coach could pair with the team members on their day-to-day activities and help them initiate this journey. The focus of this presentation is on the do's and don'ts while pairing with the team members. It will also explain the benefits of this exercise.
Outline/Structure of the Experience Report
- Introduction (2 min)
- (Non-technical) Coach Pairing (5 min)
- Pairing Strategies (5 min)
- Benefits (3 min)
- Q/A (5 min)
- Gives insights about how a non-technical coach could pair and initiate tech practices
- Few effective pairing strategies
Agile Coach, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Team Members