What is the impact an agile coach creates?
For teams to see an impact in what you do, you need to be able to help them improve their game — the game of building awesome products and/or delivering superior services.
As Atul Gawande says in this TED Talk — Want to get great at something? Get a coach, Coaches are the external eyes and ears providing insights that aren’t as obvious to the person or team being coached.
As a coach , you don’t necessarily need to be better at the craft than the person you are coaching, however, you do need to have a decent enough understanding of the technicalities or domain that you are coaching in.
Going with a sports analogy, when you coach someone in football, you don’t need to be an expert at football, but you do need to understand the technicalities and must have played it at some point in time in whatever capacity.
It will be rare for a cricket or an NBA coach to come and start coaching a team on football.
If you don’t understand football, the best you can do is coach the team on general fitness and motivation, but that won’t be enough to improve their game of football. The coach would not add value and create no visible impact.
In exactly the same way, agile coaches who have no clue how products are built will struggle to help teams build awesome products. The mindset talks and frameworks will help but only up to a certain point.
For them to see an impact in what you do, you need to be able to help them improve their game — the game of building awesome products and/or delivering superior services.
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