Abstract/Description

We are Agile Coaches-for-Hire *(“have manifesto, will travel!”)*. We want each of our gigs to be successful for the organisation that employs us and also for ourselves as coaches, so that we can promote the spread of Agile (and make an honest living). We learned from the words of an old gambler (as relayed in song by Kenny Rogers) that *“every hand’s a winner, and every hand’s a loser.”* The Gambler’s secret is knowing how to play the game.
Whether you are an independent contractor or working through an employment agency, this 75 minute workshop will help you uncover better ways to design your next Agile Coaching gig to create that elusive winning hand. For you and the organisation.

As we focus on designing an effective relationship between a contract Agile coach and the hiring organisation, we’ll explore “case study" scenarios from our own assignments that describe ways that Agile practices are introduced into organisations. We will explore Weinberg’s addiction model as one way to better understand organisations that hire contract Agile coaches (and employment agencies if you are working through them) and to understand the role you choose to play.

We will also talk about locating the spark of Agile commitment in the organisation and navigating your “six degrees of separation” from that spark.

Yes, we are talking about politics. You *must* understand the politics and political agendas so that you can ethically cut through that system to coach the people you need to reach. We have all seen that that’s a tricky thing to do!

We will explore which jobs to take, and which jobs to turn down. We will explore guidelines for the “chartering” activities you can undertake to create a winning coaching framework and lay the groundwork to smoothly navigate coaching exit points during the life of the coaching mission.

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About the Speaker(s)

Steve Holyer is an experienced trainer, coach, facilitator and consultant helping organisations unleash value and deliver results. He is also a frequent international speaker on product ownership, Scrum and The Agile Fluency Model. He serves as advocate and mentor for companies, leaders and change agents looking for a better way of working using Agile practices in a productive, fulfilling, and fun way. Steve learned his craft serving as a Scrum Master with multiple teams and organisations, so he knows how to change an organisation from the inside. Since 2000, he has been based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Nancy was among the first to apply Agile methods to embedded systems development, as an engineer, manager, and consultant. She has led Agile change initiatives beyond software development in safety-critical, highly regulated industries, and teaches modern Agile approaches like Mob Programming, Agile Hardware, and Lean development methods. Nancy has worked coaching Agile teams in the USA, UK, and Germany. Her coaching extended to their work with their teams in Japan, India, China and other countries. Nancy provides specialized consulting to medical device companies in partnership with Brian Shoemaker of Shoebar Associates. Together they cover all the latest regulatory developments in the US and EU, plus the Agile practices for documentation and incremental risk assessment that is essential for their industry. Nancy's experience spans embedded software and hardware development for applications in aerospace, factory automation, medical devices, defense systems, and financial services. Her coaching practice spans delivery teams to middle and upper managers. She is a regular presenter at Agile-related conferences since worldwide. She is a founder and past president of Greater Boston’s premier Agile user group, Agile New England.