An Agile Coach Paradigm Shift

An Agile Coach Paradigm Shift

I find my self often observing and reflecting what i am doing as an agile coach, trying to better understand my current role. I didn’t have these kind of “worries” with my previous roles and positions as a research telecom engineer, developer and project coordinator. It was just enough to follow my job/role description meet the expectations and measure the impact of my effort! I wasn’t worried about since all these different role responsibilities where close to my thinking and belief!

Why these kind of “worries” surfaced with my current role, even if there are plenty of resources and books that describe what an agile coach should do and custom made role descriptions, responsibilities and expectations written in many pages? What has changed?

In my journey to self-awareness through the lenses of my current role, i realised that I had to work deeper in my own paradigm shift. I was needing a new belief, a radical change on my thinking from an accepted point of view, established for years with certain habits,  to a new thinking  and a new set of habits.

From trying to be the best at what i was doing and resisting to change,  to start experimenting, fail, expose my inabilities, feeling comfortable to challenge my comfort zone

From an expert and having an advanced knowledge on specific areas, to a more “generalist”, trying to cover a wide area of skills and competencies.

From adherence to specific role requirements, to focus more in  becoming a team player, collaborating and contributing to the whole effort.

From seeing, monitoring and easily measuring results, to feel comfortable with long-term payoffs not necessary measurable.

From getting and keeping control, in becoming a team and trust builder while creating the conditions whereby people could grow, develop, fail, learn, synergize in achieving their higher purpose.

I had to work on my own motive system as well. Power and status, to name a few motives, had to change to match the expectations of my new role. Establishing, maintaining or restoring “healthy” relationships among the team members, understand their needs and commit to help them achieve their goals, is what motivates me now! I use my experience and knowledge to teach, mentor, coach people, help them applying agile practices, and let them grow, shift their own paradigm and enjoy their journey!

Trying to shift to a new paradigm as an agile coach is not happening from day one. Commitment, awareness, continuous observations, reflections, adaptations and effort to develop and grow new habits is needed. It’s a long journey that worth to take it!

inspiring reading

the power of self-dependence 

the reengineering alternative. a plan for making your current culture work

attending to needs is all we need

the professional helper

Nikos Batsios is Scrum Master at Intracom Telecom and organizer at Agile Greece @Thessaloniki

 

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