New Book on Agile Coaching
Agile42 have just launched a new book for those looking to understand the role of agile coach and the mindset behind the process of ‘agile coaching’. For me this is a good thing because as you probably know, I am a big fan of the spirit of agile as opposed to the mechanics of agile. What I mean by that is a ScrumMaster who is truly a servant-leader rather than a project manager with a new job title. I like product owners who look to collaborate and engage rather than command and control. I like leaders who espouse the values of inspection and adaptation, transparency and safety, sustainability and learning rather than using an agile approach as an opportunity to manage their team on a daily basis and hold them to a sprint commitment.
This book is important because it is one of (still) a few that focus very much on the agile coach as enabler of a team and a role-model of agile values throughout the organisation…helping a company adopt agile in an agile way. It’s impressive (but not surprising) that this is a collaborative effort with many if not all of the coaches at Agile42 contributing. Amazingly that hasn’t led to a mish-mash of writing styles but instead is a testament to the agiel principle of “the best architectures, requirements and designs emerge from self-organizing teams”.
The first review on Amazon sums it up well:
As somebody who fundamentally believes that agile coaches should role-model the values of what they do, I think it is great to see a resource such as this focusing on the importance of systemic coaching for those in the agile world. The book gives you theory without being patronising, concrete things you can try and also some psychological insights to consider. For a book that was written by many people, it hangs together very well and it is also nicely illustrated.
Well done guys…I knew you wouldn’t panic!