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The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Agile Coaching

In the fast-paced world of Agile, the role of an Agile coach is pivotal. But technical know-how alon…

Emotionally Intelligent Feedback
Emotionally Intelligent Feedback: Improving Performance in Scrum Teams

Sprint after Sprint, Scrum teams around the globe strive to continuously enhance their products, pro…

What is the major difference between executive and team coaching?

What is the major difference between executive and team coaching? An executive coach works with exec…

Agile Top Tip – How do you conduct a Daily Scrum with a large team?

Ideally, the Scrum team will consist of up to 10 people, but larger teams do exist, which can make c…

Agile Top Tip – How do you address impediments in the Daily Scrum?

John McFadyen shares his top tip for addressing impediments in the Daily Scrum. Traditionally, teams…

Agile Top Tip – How do you structure the Daily Scrum?

The Daily Scrum is an opportunity for the developers to realign and ensure they’re on track to…

Agile Top Tip – How do you keep the Daily Scrum within the timebox?

Get your Daily Scrum back on track! In this video, John McFadyen shares his top tip to respectfully …

Agile Top Tip – How to set personal goals that align with organisational goals

The start of the year feels like a natural point to set goals, both personally and at a team or orga…

Agile Top Tip – How to make goals specific

How do you make goals specific? In this video, John McFadyen shares his recommendation for making go…

Agile Top Tip – How to make sure goals are realistic

It can be easy to be over-optimistic when setting goals, leading to targets that aren’t attain…

Agile Top Tip – How to manage (and set) goals in a volatile world

Goals can be great to give us direction and keep us accountable. But in such a volatile world, you m…

Agile Top Tip – What do you do when a goal becomes obsolete?

What do you do when a goal becomes obsolete? The nature of today’s business climate means that…

Agile Top Tip – Conducting a Sprint Review when not all stakeholders can attend

The Sprint Review is an important event in Scrum, a chance for the Scrum Team to gain feedback on th…

Agile Top Tip – How to support your team after receiving negative feedback in a Sprint Review

How do you support your Scrum Team after receiving negative feedback in the Sprint Review? John McFa…

Agile Top Tip – Conducting a Sprint Review when the Product Owner is not present

This week’s top tip is how to conduct a Sprint Review when the Product Owner can’t make …

Agile Top Tip – How to give (and receive) constructive criticism in the Sprint Review

The purpose of the Sprint Review is to gain feedback. Sometimes it’s positive. Other times it&…

Agile Top Tip – How to foster openness from everyone in the Sprint Review

The Agile Top Tips theme for December 2022 is the Sprint Review, so we started by asking John his to…

Agile Top Tip – How to make continuous improvement items actionable

The Sprint Retrospective is often a great source of ideas, but how do you take these ideas and turn …

Agile Top Tip – How to facilitate a virtual Retrospective

This week’s top tip topic is how to facilitate a virtual Retrospective. Post-it notes on a wal…

Agile Top Tip – How to facilitate a Retrospective when the Sprint hasn’t gone to plan

Sprints won’t always go to plan, but how do you facilitate a Sprint Retrospective when this is…

Agile Top Tip – How to prioritise continuous improvement ideas

This week’s top tip topic is how to prioritise continuous improvement items. If, like our team…

Agile Top Tip – How to facilitate a Retrospective when the team lacks psychological safety

We’ll be sharing regular top tips around a different them for each month. The theme for Septem…

Is velocity a good proxy for productivity?

Is velocity a good proxy for productivity? Welcome to part 4 in our scrum master interview questions…

What do you consider to be the most important scrum event and why?

What do you consider to be the most important scrum event and why? Welcome to part 1 of our scrum ma…

What is sprint zero?

What is sprint zero? Welcome to part 17 in our agile coach interview questions series where John McF…

What is ScrumBan and why is it a popular option for agile teams?

What is ScrumBan and why is it a popular option for agile teams? Welcome to part 16 of our agile coa…

How does an Agile coach help create a highly motivated, self-organising team?

How does an Agile coach help create a highly motivated, self-organising team? Welcome to part 15 in …

What are the differences between coaching and mentoring?

What are the differences between coaching and mentoring? Welcome to part 14 of our agile coach inter…

What is Agile coaching?

What is Agile coaching? Welcome to part 13 in our Agile coach interview questions series where John …

Why do organisations and teams need an agile coach?

Why do organisations and teams need an agile coach? Welcome to part 12 of our agile coach interview …

What role does management play during the Agile transition?

What role does management play during the Agile transition? Welcome to part 11 in our agile coach in…

What types of strategies have worked well for Agile transformations?

What types of strategies have worked well for an Agile transformation? Welcome to part 10 of our Agi…

What are the top 3 challenges when transitioning to Agile?

What are the top 3 challenges when transitioning to Agile? Welcome to part 9 of our agile coach inte…

Why should an organization adopt an agile way of working?

Why should an organization adopt an agile way of working? Welcome to part 8 of our agile coach inter…

How would you, as an Agile coach, manage overlapping iterations?

How would you, as an Agile coach, manage overlapping iterations? Welcome to part 7 in our agile coac…

How would you deal with a team that resist the Agile methodology?

How would you deal with a team that resist the Agile methodology? Welcome to part 5 in our agile coa…

What is the hardest part of managing an Agile transformation?

What is the hardest part of managing an Agile transformation? Welcome to part 4 of our agile coach i…

What do you do if your scrum team hate retrospectives and devolve into blaming one another?

What do you do if your scrum team hate retrospectives and devolve into blaming one another? Welcome …

Which agile processes have you used in the past and which ones do you find most effective?

Which agile processes have you used in the past and which ones do you find most effective? This is a…

How does an Agile coach go about choosing the length of a sprint?

How does an Agile coach go about choosing the length of a sprint? They don’t. It isn’t their job. Th…

What exercise do you recommend scrum teams to run in a sprint review?

What exercise do you recommend scrum teams to run in a sprint review? I don’t recommend that they ru…

How much of a role should an Agile coach play in a sprint review?

How much of a role should an Agile coach play in a sprint review? It depends. I would start by first…

What are the common mistakes you see in sprint reviews?

What are the common mistakes you see in sprint reviews? The sprint review is a great opportunity for…

How do you help your team improve their sprint review presentation?

How do you help your team improve their sprint review presentation? In my opinion, you should get ri…

What do you do when your sprint review has negative feedback from stakeholders?

What do you do when your sprint review has negative feedback from stakeholders? What do you mean by …

How does an Agile coach approach sprint review planning?

How does an Agile coach approach sprint review planning? Does the Agile coach need to be there? I wo…

What is your biggest regret as an agile coach?

What is your biggest regret as an agile coach? I’m not somebody that believes in regret. Professiona…

How do you earn trust from a new team when you are a contract agile coach?

How do you earn trust from a new team when you are a contract agile coach? So, the contract element …

What is the ‘go to’ exercise for a sprint retrospective?

What is the ‘go to’ exercise for a sprint retrospective? It used to be ‘Mad | Sad | Glad’. Many moon…

What are the 3 things that trip you up as an Agile coach?

What are the 3 things that generally trip you up as an Agile coach? This is an interesting one. Ther…

How do you sell a concept to a team and a client as an Agile coach?

How do you sell a concept to a team and a client as an Agile coach? Your first step is to stop think…

What is the one thing you must do before starting any engagement as an agile coach?

What is the one thing you must do before starting any engagement as an agile coach? It’s contract. I…

One thing I know now, as an Agile coach, that I wish I knew when I started out.

One thing I know now, as an Agile coach, that I wish I knew when I started out. That is a tricky one…

Agile coaching myth 5: You need an Agile coach.

Agile coaching myth 5: You need an Agile coach. I used to think this was true. Maybe that was my ego…

Agile coaching myth 4: It takes a long time to see results from agile coaching

Agile coaching myth 4: It takes a long time to see results from agile coaching This is an interestin…

Agile coaching myth 3: All teams are coachable.

Agile coaching myth 3: All teams are coachable. This is an interesting one. It’s something that I ha…

Agile Coaching myth 2: The Agile Coach needs to be an expert in all agile frameworks

Agile Coaching myth 2: The Agile Coach needs to be an expert in all agile frameworks This is one of …

The Definitive Guide to Scrum Training

Why take Scrum training? Scrum may appear simple at first, but it is deceptively difficult to do wel…

Agile Coaching Myth 1: Coaching is only for teams that have problems.

Agile Coaching Myth 1: Coaching is only for teams that have problems. All teams have problems and op…

What would an Agile coach consider as important metrics to measure?

What would an Agile coach consider as important metrics to measure? I’m going to put my consultant h…

How does an Agile coach gain buy in for a pilot project from leaders within the organization?
How does an Agile coach gain buy in for a pilot project from leaders within the organization?

How does an Agile coach gain buy in for a pilot project from leaders within the organization? I’m go…

How does an agile coach facilitate sprint planning?

How does an agile coach facilitate sprint planning? This answer may be a bit different to how a scru…

What is one of the most important traits of an Agile coach
What is one of the most important traits of an agile coach?

What is one of the most important traits of an agile coach? Patience. Without a doubt, patience is o…

When did you realise that you had transitioned from scrum master to agile coach?

When did you realise that you had transitioned from scrum master to agile coach? I will be honest, I…

What is the most common mistake made by newbie Agile coaches?

What is the most common mistake made by newbie Agile coaches? I would be hard pressed to pick a sing…

How does an Agile coach learn to work at the executive level?

How does an Agile coach learn to work at the executive level? There are many ways that agile coaches…

What is the one book you would recommend to aspiring Agile coaches?

What is the one book you would recommend to aspiring Agile coaches? That gets tricky. I’ll be honest…

How do you prioritise team coaching over individual coaching as an agile coach?

How do you prioritise team coaching over individual coaching as an agile coach? I would question whe…

What is one of the toughest lessons you learned as an agile coach?

What is one of the toughest lessons you learned as an agile coach? The toughest lesson, without a do…

Does the Agile Coach Academy help me to achieve coaching certifications?

It’s important to distinguish between what you mean by coaching certifications. Let’s start with Agi…

How is the Agile Coach Academy going to help me in my career?

Although career development is an important part of a scrum master’s journey, I would urge you to fo…

Does the Agile Coach Academy actively coach and mentor me?

Yes, it does. The idea for the Agile Coach Academy was born out of conversations that Karim and I ha…

What do I need to sign up for the Agile Coach Academy?

You need experience. You need actual working experience and practice as a Scrum Master in a working …

What is the Agile Coach Academy?

The Agile Coach Academy was an idea me and Karim explored when we first started Agile Centre. We had…

Will I be a more effective coach after doing the CSP-SM course?

You will certainly have the tools, techniques, and theory to help you become a great deal more effec…

Is the CSP-SM course an Agile coaching course?

Yes, it is. In many ways, a scrum master acts as an Agile coach for the scrum team, the product owne…

How long is the CSP-SM course and how is it structured?

The Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master course is a total of sixteen (16) hours. We deliver th…

How much of a difference will the CSP-SM course have on my career?

It could have a significant impact on your career if you embed the knowledge, skills, tools, and tec…

What will I learn on the CSP-SM course?

The Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM) course was designed by the Scrum Alliance to …

Is the ACSM a steppingstone to the CSP-SM course?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) course was designed to act as a bridge between the Certi…

How difficult is the ACSM course?

It depends on your current skills, experience and mindset. If you find that you have mastered the ba…

Does the ACSM course translate into a better salary?

Curious about the impact an Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course will have on your earning …

Could I coach new scrum masters after doing an ACSM course?

Curious about whether you will be able to coach new scrum masters after doing the ACSM course? John …

How actionable is the ACSM course content?

It is very actionable. The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course is designed to help you mak…

What will I be able to do after the ACSM course?

Curious about how the ACSM course will impact your #scrum career journey? John McFadyen walks us thr…

How well recognised and respected is the A-CSM course?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) certification from the Scrum Alliance is fairly young co…

Will an ACSM course earmark me for promotion at work?

Curious about what promotion opportunities advanced training will offer you? John McFadyen explains …

What are my next steps after the ACSM course?

The Scrum Alliance designed the Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) course to be the bridge betw…

Can I attend the CSP-SM course without doing an ACSM course first?

You are more than welcome to attend a Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM) course with…

What is the difference between a CSM and an ACSM course?

They are chalk and cheese. The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course is designed as an entry level cer…

Does the ACSM course teach me or simply validate my skills?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course is designed to both teach you new skills as well a…

Powerful Questions in Coaching
Powerful Questions in Coaching

A powerful question is a question that evokes or draws out a reaction, an insight, a fact, or an opp…

Benefits of Coaching to the Coachee
Benefits of Coaching to the Coachee

As the world becomes more complex, many managers and leaders are turning to certified coaches to hel…

Avoiding Assumptions in Coaching

Assumption is defined as ‘a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof &#…

What do I need to know before signing up for the ACSM course?

 The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course was designed to be a natural evolution for C…

Is the ACSM course theoretical or practical?

It’s a blend of both. The ACSM course features necessary theoretical knowledge and concepts that wil…

How does the ACSM course prepare you to be a better Scrum Master?

The ACSM course was created by the Scrum Alliance to be a bridge between the Certified Scrum Master …

Why do I need a year’s experience as a CSM before I can attend the ACSM course?

Technically, you could join the Advanced Certified Scrum Master course a day after completing the Ce…

Does the ACSM course prepare me to be an Agile coach?

In theory, a Scrum Master is already performing the role of an Agile coach within the Scrum Team and…

How long is the ACSM course and how is it structured?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master course is presented over a total of 16 hours. We have two differ…