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Thursday, August 10 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Eating my Own Dogfood: From Enterprise Coach to Team Member (Sean Dunn) Popular

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What happens when you take an agile coach and force them to "eat their own dog food"? This is my personal story about transitioning from an enterprise agile coach to a programmer on a team, and what I learned about agile, coaching, and myself in the process.
After two years of coaching teams and executives around the world, I found myself disillusioned by the concept of "coaching" and back as a developer on a team -- for the first time in 15 years. The experience of returning as a programmer was enlightening; it substantially changed my perspective on coaching and agile. Having worn the shoes of a team member, I acquired a new empathy for their world and perspective.

Lessons Learned from Your Experience:
  • 00:00 - My life as an "Enterprise Agile Coach", how I started as a coach and my approach to it.
  • 00:10 - Disillusionment. My world falling apart, how a I started to become jaded about coaching.
  • 00:15 - Life on a team -- growing pains, learning to fit in
  • 00:20 - new perspectives
  • 00:25 - looking back, what I would do differently
  • There's are three story arcs that I intend to weave together:
  • * How "walking in the shoes" of a team member is important, perhaps necessary, to gain the perspective and empathy to be an effective coach
  • * How I perceived "coaching" from the "other side", i.e. "inflicting help" and very natural reasons why a team would be resistant to agile (I totally get it now!)
  • * Where are the leaders? Frustrations with "side-channel" agile
  • * Agile really does have "too many meetings"* I get it! I loathed the standup. Totally interrupted my dev flow.
  • * The danger of "inflicted help" agile coaches
  • * Process really isn't all that important.
  • * When it comes to coaching, leaders must lead by example
  • * Effective change comes from within a team
  • * Coaching needs to explore multiple directions (including technical)
  • * Lame retrospectives are a waste. There's the elephant in the room, but we don't talk about it for one reason or another, so we waste an hour of retrospective time painting the bike shed.


Thursday August 10, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am EDT
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