LeSS Talks: October 10: Experienced Coaches Share Their Learning Journey & Perspective

The great panel of experienced coaches came together to answer the following questions: What is the most memorable part of your coaching journey? Why did you choose to pursue CEC, CTC in the first place? What was your motivation? To what extent did CTC (or CEC, respectively) process make you challenge your self-perception, as a … Read more

Candid, Unscripted Conversation About SAFe, with Roman Pichler

I (Gene is here) had the pleasure of having a discussion with Roman Pichler, the author of “Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love” (as well as a few other great publications), who recently wrote “Five Product Owner Myths Busted“, making multiple references to SAFe.  In our discussion, particularly, we focused on … Read more

Candid, Unscripted Conversation About SAFe, with Bob Schatz (CST)

Tweet I (Gene here) had the pleasure of having a candid, unscripted conversation with  Bob Schatz – one of the old timers in the arena of Agile and Scrum and early Certified Scrum Trainers (CST), who learned directly from Ken Schwaber (the co-creator of Scrum).  Bob openly shared some of his thinking and sentiments about SAFe – … Read more

Make Your Coaching Organization Into A Role Model For The Rest Of Your Organization

In this post: Introduction Agile Transformation Group (ATG) Purpose/Focus Position Structure Agile Transformation Team (ATT) Purpose/Focus Position Structure Self-Organization Engagement Example Conclusion Introduction: In their journey, to become more adaptive (agile), organizations need guidance and support.  Ideally, organizations should own their own agile transformations: experiments, decisions, successes and failures, with minimal reliance on external help, … Read more

LeSS Talks: May 22: Darwin Theory of Agile Coaching Evolution, with Ron Whitebread

Tweet Learn how one company iterated on their coaching approach – from experimentation to big consulting “transformation” to systems thinking enablement (transitioning from being supported by one of Big 5 consultancy companies, with their “push agile” model,  to a reputable, boutique agile coaching and training company) – to become more effective in achieving desired outcomes, … Read more

Changing Your Coaching Engagement Type

Tweet From Independent Coach – To Coach FTE From Coach FTE – an Independent Coach From Independent Coach  To Coach – FTE Imagine yourself: you – for many years, investing into and developing your own career path, as an independent, professional coach.  You have years of experience behind your back, serving many different companies, many … Read more

01/31 – LeSS Talks: Abusing Metrics for Dummies: How to manipulate data to make us look good?

Today’s  great presentation by Certified LeSS Trainer (CLT) from Israel – Elad Sofer. Please, contact Elad directly for an details. Materials Used Main points: Data driven organizations are prone  to abusing metrics The word agile has outgrown itself The Observer Effect: the act of observing something, changes it Metrics measurement: manipulates behavior “Velocity is productivity … Read more

LeSS Trainer’s Class Experience Report: Product Definition, DoD & Team ‘Blueprint’ Exercise

LeSS Adoption Journey Map | LeSS Product Expansion Worksheet Virtual Events in LeSS | System Modelling Exercises | LeSS “Onion” Feature Team Primer | Agile Contracts Primer This summary, is an experience report from the recently conducted online LeSS class (provisional CLP).  Specifically, this writing is about a few discussion topics, accompanied by in-class exercises … Read more

My CEC and CTC Journey

(Re-posted on LinkedIn | Scrum Alliance) This writing is way past overdue. I have been putting this off for, at least, a few years. But it is better later than never?. Today, I would like to share my (this is Gene) personal journey of becoming a Certified Enterprise (CEC) and Team (CTC) coach. About the … Read more

Agile Poetry In Motion

Lyrics written by: Gene Gendel | Musical/voice performance by: Erin Perry LinkedIn feed -1- It is time to get serious about agility: It is best to be viewed as PMO utility. Scrum and Kanban are agile “methodologies”, Agile Manifesto – is purists’ ideology. -2- Agile KPIs, metrics and RAGs, PMs – proudly wearing “Agile Coach” name … Read more