Author Archives: David Lowe

What is a Servant Leader?

“Scrum Mastery is about servant leadership.” “The best leaders are servant leaders.” We hear statements like this a lot in our agile world. But what does it actually mean? It all started in 1970 with Robert K. Greenleaf’s essay “The Servant as Leader”. What does Servant Leadership mean? Greenleaf says that a great leader is,… Read More »

Agile coaching certification

So you’re an “agile coach” day-to-day, but you want to get some sort of certification. Which one should you get? Here’s a summary of some of the most popular options. Agile Coach (ICP-ACC) ICAgile has a number of tracks, two of them relating to coaching: Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) and Coaching Agile Transitions (ICP-CAT). ICAgile says… Read More »

Contracting

When coaches start a new coaching engagement with an individual, it is usual for them to agree how they will work together. This is referred to as contracting. You will note that this is a verb (as in “to settle or establish by agreement”), rather than a noun (as in “the written form of such… Read More »

SOOP(L)AR framework

There are many frameworks promoted by coaching books and courses: Whitmore’s GROW, Prosci’s ADKAR, Bonham-Carter’s STAR, Full Potential Group’s CIGAR, Hawkins’ CLEAR to name just a few. Although they are all different in their detail and order, most are similar enough that they include: Establishing a goal, based on the client’s current situation Consideration of… Read More »

It’s all kicking off

Starting a new project is exciting. The team is briefly the centre of attention, bringing a new hope to the organisation. Unfortunately, many teams charge into action without laying strong foundations. However, a bit of planning at the start of a project significantly increases the team’s chance of success. This is where a well-planned kick-off… Read More »

Going for gold

“Welcome to the most successful sports club in the world.” Founded in 1818, the Leander Club in Henley on Thames is well-placed to make that claim. 12 athletes from the Leander Club won gold medals in Rio 2016. The club has a tally of 123 golds since 1908 and is the home to heroes such… Read More »