18 June 2015

A wonderful stop in the midst of my journey - Agile Coach Camp Canada 2015

Agile Coach Camp Canada has turned 6 this year. It was held at two location, in the east and west. With the east one, started one week earlier than the west. The ACCCA east was held in Cornwall Ontario. You can find more information about who attended the ACCCA this year on ACCCA website. The format of the conference was an open space format.

ACCCA15 at Nav Centre
To be filled with lots of agile people
You can see the marketplace for the first day. There were all kinds of games to be played at the unconference.

Lots of games!

17 June 2015

Quick intro to Scaling Agile with focus on SAFe

Several weeks ago I presented an introductory talk on how to scale agile in an organization, with the focus on SAFe and how the framework works. I am sharing the presentation here. I hope this will be a good intro for those interested in SAFe and how it works.

This presentation can be found on Google Slides.

You can learn more about scaling agile looking into other frameworks too. Some of them are as follows:

9 June 2015

Agile is an art and Agile Coach is an artist, be an awesome one!

I was listening to an interview with a well known DJ years ago. The interviewer has asked the DJ what kind of music would he enjoy listening to. The DJ responded that he wouldn't enjoy listening to music anymore. He used to enjoy music before becoming a DJ. Now that he became a DJ, he had to listen to all kind of music and in many genres. He needed to do that to be able to energize the crowd that he was playing music for. He enjoyed the fact that people listening to the music are enjoying it. 

Agile coaches are like DJs. You are trying to bring joy in the team you are coaching. You are doing that by coaching them to be agile and live agile values. Achieving that, you need to know many different techniques and solutions. Not every technique will work for each team. Similar to a good DJ, you have to understand your crowd and find the right music for them, to play for them so that they enjoy it. If you find the right music (i.e. the right technique) for them, not only they will perform in a joyful manner (i.e. in an agile way) but also will enjoy themselves doing that. 
In a similar manner, we can compare chefs and agile coaches.
Please vote this lightning talk for Agile 2015 if you feel it is worth spending three minutes of your time listening to it.