Thu, 13 Nov 2003
Christian Sepulveda on coaching
Christian Sepulveda writes what I want to call a
statement for agile coaching, except that "mission statement"
is too often a synonym for "vacuous", which this is not.
My father compares parenting to bumper bowling; a parent's job is
to keep the ball out of the gutter. But, if their child is not
approaching the edge, the parent should let the child find his own
Similarly, a good coach provides guidance but allows (and
hopefully encourages) a team to find their own identity. It's
critical for a team to take ownership of its own process if they
are to maintain and adopt it.
Were I starting as a coach, I'd hand Christian's essay out to the
team and say, "Here. Tell me when I don't live up to this."
Christian follows the mission statement with
practical guidelines. He talks about identifying and
understanding stakeholders. At
PLoP, Jeff Patton
walked us through a two-hour example of doing just that, using a variant
usage-centered design. Shameless plug: Jeff has written an article
on that topic for
STQE magazine. It'll be
out in the January issue.
## Posted at 11:02 in category /agile