Originally posted on LinkedIn here. I admit it - I am an agile coach. I walk teams through starting up, I work with Product Owners on building backlogs, I work with organizations on agile adoption, I help people and companies get more "awesome." And now I am going to tell you three reasons why you shouldn't hire me, or anyone like me! Now, this doesn't mean every organization should never hire coaches, but over the years I have witnessed scenarios where coaches could not be successful.
This quote by Steve Jobs, "It Just Works," sums up the long winning streak that Apple had from when Jobs came back to Apple until he unfortunately passed away. During that time Steve and teams delivered innovation after innovation and continued with wins like OS X and iOS from a digital media standpoint, not to mention some underrated killer work like Aperture and Final Cut. But do you know what I never heard? What methodology Apple uses. I also never heard how many people are on each of their teams. And I never heard about their team agreements. Matter-of-fact, all I know is that when I get a product, it just worked; it did what I needed it to do, and if there were bugs they got fixed.
This is a repost of a blog I wrote for MATRIX Resources. See more at: http://www.matrixres.com/resources/blogs/ Dear Coach Josh, Last month our CEO sent out a memo stating that our company was now an Agile company. I know what Agile is, but I don’t know what to do now because I am a manager. I have heard that Agile no longer uses managers and I have been reminded of this by some of my employees after attending a training session. Help! Signed, Scared in Scrum
I might be going a bit overboard on Agile this week with blogs, primarily because I'm at Agile2016, one of the largest gathering of us weirdo, hippie agilists - along side some still buttoned up folks - in the United States. Upon walking in I was met by a wonderful group of volunteers; ready and … Continue reading Agile 2016: The First 12 1/2 minutes
Recently, MATRIX partnered with The Food Movement to host a take on their “Team Building with Taste” that we called “Cooking with Agile.” The idea came from the concept that other activities can provide a working analogy of how we should work with Agile. This is a video that talks about the event.