A conflict of interests

It starts in the usual way: You’re having a discussion with somebody from your current client and he/she tells you that agile practice X is bogus/useless/… and that that person is not going to use it/apply it/promote it to others. Now… what do you do? Before you realise it, you are having a conflict of … Read more…

There is no resistance in coaching

One of the concepts I hear many colleague agile coaches talking about is the concept of „resistance“ of the client. Typical sentences are „he is resisting the agile transition“ or „I talked to her about X and she resisted the proposals I made“. Now here’s one thing that is important to consider: there is no … Read more…

The best way to coach a team is…

…to coach its individuals one-to-one! Contradiction? Well, some time ago I thought so as well, but… Over the last years I had a few clients where, because of some constraints in the setting I was working with, I needed to „speed up“ with the coaching program and „deliver“ a high-performance team faster than I usually … Read more…

The Six Conditions for Change

So you’re out in the field trying to change companies by „coaching them to agile“, do you? Are you sure this is possible at all? If yes, then this article is not for you yet: please come back when you are doubting. The assumption this article is based on is that we’re not sure whether … Read more…

Solution Focused FAQ

As you have probably noticed – in case you did not fall asleep while reading these pages – I am a strong believer in the solution focused approach and I wrote already several articles about it (see this and this and this). The approach generated interest in many of my peers, so over time I … Read more…

Warning: Fear might twist your perception

I attended recently a meeting of project managers where „agile methods“ was the subject of the evening. In fact, the whole evening was about Scrum, with three presentations trying to frame Scrum as a project management method. On one side it was good to see Scrum getting visibile to an audience that normally reasons in … Read more…

Who’s Chunking Up Your Project?

I was at a conference recently, following a project manager’s presentation about the project he was leading. The show was very professional, though skewed to provide a good image of both the presenter and the company he is working for. After just a few minutes into it, I felt lost in his words. I went … Read more…