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.

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