Rashmirani Rathaur - "ACE" Key to sustain in agile environment

What is the background situation/context for your probe?

In my day-to-day life, when it comes to implement an agile framework or to sustain with agile in VUCA world ACE helped me in all the ways. At the team level, enterprise level, project delivery and at program level alignment, communication and engagement are the keys of success.

What is (or has been) your hypothesis?

Being a mentor, coach and change agent, I am dealing with the process and people. As an agile practitioner always believes in four values of agile and would like to see people around me follow it religiously. These three keys Alignment, Communication and Engagement help them to be focused towards their successful achievement of goal in VUCA world.  

Alignment in agile enterprises is not limited to people and skills, but we can see it at each level from all the aspects:

  • Alignment at product level
  • Alignment at process level
  • Alignment at technical level

Agile encourages a casual and direct form of quality communication that provide environment to the client and development team to work more closely together and always be in sync and on the same page.  Frequent communication helps agile teams in better performance, which results into a satisfied customer and a much better final product.

Agile influences improvement in team members Engagement through values and ceremonies. Agile Team members know better:

  • What they have to work upon?
  • They know what skills and equipment required to deliver work better.
  • Clear vision towards set goal
  • Their opinion matters and can share failure/success as a team.
  • They have the opportunity to learn and grow
What is the experiment you would like to run (or you have run) and how can this experiment validate or invalidate your hypothesis?

Whatever I am sharing here is not an experiment but an experience.

Alignment helps enabling autonomy, agile teams need to be self-organized to be efficient whereas, enterprise needs to be efficient by maintaining alignment among across teams.

Agile is based on openness and feedback. Effective communication helps in building a better culture within the enterprise whereas frequent feedback/communication in agile team’s results in better performance of the teams what helps them deliver better product.

The Engagement approach empowers people across enterprise seek feedback in such a ways that helps on a shift in the cultural mindset. It improves collaboration among teams, business and customer easier and more focused.

Is there a specific skill/technique you would like to learn/explore at this coach camp?

This will be my first experience with the coach camp, looking forward to exploring new techniques of coaching and agile way of working with knowledge sharing with the agile practitioners.

Call for Papers CLOSED
Ended on Jan 25 '20 05:29 AM IST

Interested in attending the Agile Coach Camp on Oct 11th in Bengaluru? Read on...

It's been 12 Years and almost 110 viral Agile Coach Camps since our very first coach camp experiment. This year, Coach Camp co-creator Naresh Jain along with Jutta Eckstein and John Buck will lead participants in this Coach Camp in Bangalore, organized as part of the Agile India 2020 Conference.

Coach Camp Theme

As a coach, you're often the one who needs to drive and sustain change. Yet, how do you do this? What has helped and hindered you doing so and how can you best pass your experience on to other coaches or how can you best learn from other coaches?

This is the theme for this year's coach camp. To tackle this challenge, we invite you to try something new:

  • Currently, we face the following situation: Constantly driving change is getting more and more important for companies to survive in this VUCA world. At the same time, it is (or should be) the core skill of every coach – no matter if you coach individuals, teams, or organisations. However, sometimes it seems every coach has to come up with her own experience on how to drive change successfully.
  • Our hypothesis is that for driving change, every coach uses so-called probes, that are defined by small, safe-to-fail experiments based on hypotheses derived from reflection on the current situation as well as on theory. So, probing allows discovering (based on the hypothesis) what's working and what is not through one or several experiments. This allows to make sense of both the current situation but even more important of the situation we are aiming for. And if we create a knowledge base of our collective wisdom on probes we used (or intend to use) we can learn from each other.
  • Therefore, as an experiment we want to invite this year's coach camp participants to jointly discover, share, create, improve, and finally publish probes that help(ed) driving and sustaining change. As in a typical coach camp, we will use the Open Space format to explore different topics for driving change and we invite you to use probes to focus the discussions on these different topics. We anticipate as a result that the discovered and created probes will provide a foundation for such a knowledge base.

Registering for the Coach Camp

The coach camp is free of charge (financially) yet, for registration we ask you for the following:

  • Please click on the Add Paper button and submit your position paper. In your position paper, you will be asked to share an idea for a probe, consisting of a background situation (context), a hypothesis, and an experiment. This can be a probe you've implemented before, one you've discovered/heard of others implementing it, or you intend to implement. The probe should focus on the coach camp's theme: Driving Change.
  • The discussed probes provide a basis for a free and publicly accessible knowledge base.

Final Note

Please note, we want to invite you to use probes for the discussion and recording of the Open Space sessions. This is by no means an enforcement. We are well aware that there might be situations where probes are not the right means for discussing or/and recording a particular topic - and that is of course fine. After all, using probes for this coach camp is a probe in itself (and we are open to possibly invalidate our hypothesis.)