I recently attended Lyssa Adkins’s workshop on coaching agile teams at the YOW conference, and I would like to share some of the lessons I learned. The workshop began with a presentation defining the different characteristics of an agile coach, including being a bulldozer of blockers,a servant leader, and a guardian of quality and performance.
One needs to understand the skills and mastery needed to succeed as an agile coach. The agile coaching competency framework provides the guidelines, criteria, and pathways for an aspirant. Knowledge is one part of it, but listening skills are even more important. Coaches need to be aware of their own listening skill level and strive to reach level three.
Change could be brought, not by listening but by asking powerful questions (PQ). Even though there are several resources about PQ available on the Internet, I would highly recommend reading Co-Active Coaching.
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