February 13, 2023

What I wish I’d known when I started agile coaching

when i started agile coaching blog post

We asked the Agile Coaching community What is the ONE thing you wish you had known when you started agile coaching? Their answers are surprising and varied… For example, would you have guessed that our CEO and founder, Simon Powers told us “I’m not sure I would have started if I had known how hard…

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August 10, 2020

Can Agile improve productivity?

Can Agile improve productivity

  Increasing productivity Increased productivity is often the key priority for project managers and there are a few ways in which team productivity can be improved: Adopting new technologies New approaches Improving current methods and skills. A key focus is the Agile methodology. This can help achieve productivity through increased collaboration and responsiveness to customer/client…

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December 4, 2019

How to Get Ready to Help your Company Prepare for the Challenges of Today & Tomorrow

The real shift in an organisation’s ability to respond to market demands in an agile way starts with its leaders. However the type of leadership that is needed today is very different to what was needed in the past. The main difference being that the traditional approach to leadership development is outdated and isn’t sufficient…

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May 14, 2019

An Interview with Rafael Ribeiro

Earlier this month I had the chance to catch up with our friend and AWA Coach Trainer, Rafa Ribeiro who is based in Lisbon, Portugal. We got chatting about all things agile and coaching and why Rafa chose the professional coaching path after working as a Software Developer for over a decade. Hi Rafa –…

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April 10, 2019

What I Learned From Attending Our Agile Team Coach Course

After attending our most recent Agile Team Coach course, James, our Marketing Coordinator, writes up a report on his experience.

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March 1, 2019

Evolvagility – Leadership in the Age of Agile

this article was written by Lisa Boyer Cooney, an agile coach based in Virigina. How many times have you left a meeting where all present have a clear idea in mind of what to do next, and a few weeks later it turns out that there was a hidden diversity of thought, and the effort…

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February 6, 2019

Mind the Gap

Don’t miss out on our February Agile Team Coach course as you’ll have to wait till April for the next one!

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January 15, 2019

The Aginext Conference is back in March 2019

The Aginext Conference is back 21st – 22nd March 2019! In what will be its third year, Aginext dedicates two jam-packed days to the future of Agile, Lean, CICD and DevOps transformations.

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November 8, 2018

Using agile principles to develop company culture. Part 4: Working Software over comprehensive documentation

In this fourth post about applying agile principles at FutureLearn, Tessa Cooper, Director of People and Culture, talks about living your values, developing your people and focussing on feedback over comprehensive documentation. Before you read this you might want to read the first couple of posts: Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Individuals and interactions over processes and…

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October 2, 2018

New Course Announced! Agile Team Facilitator (ICP-ATF)

We’re thrilled to announce a brand-new course is all finished and has just entered our training schedule. AWA founder, Simon Powers and the rest of the AWA team have been hard at work pulling together fantastic content for this new ICAgile Certified Agile Team Facilitator course. We’re especially excited for this course as it focuses…

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September 20, 2018

Introduction to Systemic Coaching and Large-Scale Facilitation #AWALSF

We’re excited to kick off a new series of community events strengthening the worldwide community of facilitators and coaches. This first event on 17th October, in association with International Facilitation Week, will be facilitated by Simon Powers and Nairy McMahon to share why, how and what we will be doing as a community to promote…

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September 19, 2018

CSM – from a Psychology Graduate’s Perspective

To quickly introduce myself; Hi, I’m James! I began working with AWA at the beginning of September after graduating with a degree in Psychology this past Summer. Having no background in Agile or Scrum, I was given the opportunity to attend one of our Certified Scrum Master courses with Tobias Mayer last week. The aim was…

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September 18, 2018

Enterprise Agile Coach Bootcamp – The Early Bird gets the Worm

“Absolutely recommended for coaches acting on an enterprise level.” With just a few days left to grab a Super Early Bird discount for our Enterprise Agile Coach Bootcamp in either London or Chicago, now is the time to bag yourself a spot on this fantastic training opportunity. The Bootcamp combines the ICAgile Certified Enterprise Agility…

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September 14, 2018

Transform your Meetings from Pointless to Productive

“Meetings are pointless” … “We have too many meetings” … “Meetings get in the way of real work!” Sound familiar? These were common responses to a survey about meetings given to teams, Scrum Masters and Agile coaches. The quotes are symptoms of a typical problem that teams can easily fall into; going through the motions…

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December 25, 2017

My Predictions for Agile for 2018

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Not being a gambling man I usually don’t go in for predictions and the such like, however as a consultancy and community founder it is part of my role to listen to clients and the industry (most of whom are my friends!). So I thought I would share what trends I see and how I…

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August 10, 2016

What is Agile?

Agile onion

What is Agile? Over the last few years, the word Agile (or agile with a small a) has taken on different meanings and been used in multiple contexts. This is a short post to give my perspective on what Agile is. I’m not going to bore you with the 2001 meeting, agile manifesto, or an intro…

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June 10, 2016

Ball Runner: An Agile Game

Ball Runner: An Agile Game The Ball Runner game originated from the #play14 unconference in London in September 2015. I was toying with the idea of a game around work in progress (WIP), which can be incredibly stressful for teams, and for individuals on these teams. I imagined a team playing a game in which one individual…

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April 8, 2016

4 reasons why you need to understand Agile from first principles

4 reasons why you need to understand Agile from first principles According to the Version One survey, which must be by now the most quoted Agile survey of all time, the top 4 reasons for an Agile adoption failure are: Company philosophy or culture at odds with core Agile values Lack of experience with Agile methods…

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April 1, 2016

Agile is Dead. Long Live Waterfall

Agile is dead. Long live the waterfall The Agile cult has been maligning waterfall for nearly a decade and a half. They would want you to believe that no software project was successful before 17 middle-aged white guys met in a ski lodge in 2001. Alas, that is not the case. We went to the…

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October 28, 2015

Backlog refinement techniques

It never ceases to amaze me that teams can come up with more and more inventive ways of improvement. Just yesterday, I was in a backlog refinement meeting where we resized / refined the entire backlog in 15 minutes. The technique starts with a free jira plugin called Cards, which allows you to format the…

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