Coaching from robotic to sh*t to flow and maybe fun

All of us coach, sometimes formally in the role as “coach or scrum master”, often informally in how we interact with others, and frequently internally in our own heads via self-talk.

Scrum Masters coach to help people and teams to continuously improve and deliver value.  Scrum Alliance outlines the work of a Scrum Master to include:

– Coaching the development team in self-organisation and cross-functionality;

– Coaching the development team in organisational environments in which Scrum is not yet fully adopted and understood.

Sometimes Scrum Masters have “Coaches” working with them.  By taking time to reflect on the coaching role of our work with teams, we can plot a pathway towards being a great coach. This could be done by anyone working as part of the Scrum Team – we all coach.

Ten years ago Lyssa Adkins, in “Coaching Agile Teams”, challenged us with “It’s your journey.  Make it worthwhile. Dare to be a great Agile coach.” All the images in “Coaching Agile Teams” suggest a positive trajectory heading to the nirvana state of being a great Agile coach.  But what happens when coaching journeys travel upwards and then plummet into the “valley of despair” seen in Dunning-Kruger Effect depictions?  How do we use reflection, connection, adaptation and reinvention to grow towards being great coaches who experience flow and fun?

Over the last year, my coaching journey has gone from robotic (super critical), to “I’m a sh*t coach (OMG what do I do now?),  to flow (am I there yet?… probably not!), to taking on the “dare to be a great Agile coach”.  But have I found fun?

In this session, we use our collective wisdom and reflective milestones to explore “Daring to be a great agile coach” while we find flow and have fun.