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As an Agile Coach, I am a champion of change. Everyday, I work with my clients to enable them to move from a position that is either currently not fit for purpose ‘their burning platform’ or is generally still fit for purpose, but someone is starting to notice that ‘the iceberg is melting’. In the...

Anxiety is all around us and very much a part of normal life. In the early days of human evolution, our fight, flight or freeze mechanisms were vital to protect us from the many predators that we shared our lives with. Today's world we are much safer generally, however these mechanisms are still important in terms or understanding the level of danger a situation may present and reacting with the necessary speed when necessary. It is also vital to motivate us into action e.g. studying for exams, preparing for important meetings etc. However the sheer power and strength of this prehistoric safety mechanism can be an overwhelming force in our lives.

Every company is a group - sometimes a very large one - organised by being broken down into smaller groups. As coaches we may work with teams, or with specially created learning groups, in which learning is multiplied as people learn from each other's dilemmas as well as their own. Over time, these experiences can develop flexibility and interpersonal skills to a high degree. In this way groups can make a tangible contribution to business advantage, but equally importantly, influence the intangibles that underlie long term business health and prosperity.

Between an external stimulus (e.g. being criticised) and an emotional response to it (e.g. anger) lie a person's thoughts about this event. Eliciting these thoughts helps the person to understand why they reacted to the evert in the way that they did. This is called 'tapping the internal communications' and states that people can be trained 'to focus on their introspections (examining one's thoughts) in various situations.

None of us is so busy that we can't spare a minute from time to time. Literally, one minute. Just one. When you're waiting for the train in the morning, or waiting for the bus; when you arrive at your desk or you're waiting for your computer to boot...Just one single minute.

Writing this letter to you, I imagine an extraordinary occurrence. Somehow our parallel universes have collided. For one hour only, I am coaching you through the fog towards a goal of your choosing. This letter is a playback of that golden hour.

When we attempt to understand and chronicle any product or service that delivers value, a good place to start is by asking the question “what problem is it trying to solve?”. For example the vacuum solved the problem of collecting dirt from the floor with maximum speed and efficiency. The internet solved the problem of communicating and sharing information at high speed and across the globe. A wrist watch solved the problem of telling the time at anytime by simply raising your wrist to your face. The list goes on! So our question here is to ask “What problem is agile trying to solve?” Let’s try to find out and bear with me, there is a bit of a history lesson included :)

Communication is a vital part of the coaching relationship. According to Cherubini (2019,), “Communication between coach and athlete, as well as among coaches, athletes, sports medicine personnel, parents, and significant others, is essential to enhancing the sporting experience.” (p. 1). I am an Agile Coach. Resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the enforced lockdown, I am currently experiencing my first situation where myself and the coachees are working from a location that is physically isolated. E.g. everyone is working from home and utilising online communication tools like Zoom/Email/Workplace/SharePoint etc

Kanban provides a simple approach to delivering high-quality value to your customers, on time and on budget. If you already have a set of work items to do and a team ready, use this guide to get started right away. Kanban helps you to deliver to your customers faster than Waterfall, Scrum, or just about any other project-management type method. It helps you deliver that value with high quality, on time, and on budget. However in order to be successful, Kanban must have buy in from leadership. Thus for your team to be successful in its adoption of Kanban, you must gain consent from your leadership in order for them to support it, or at least to not obstruct it and not penalise team members for using it.

Digital technologies change how we connect and create value with our customers. We may have grown up in a world in which companies broadcast messages and shipped products to customers. But today the relationship is much more two-way: customers' communications and reviews make them a bigger influencer than advertisements or celebrities, and customers dynamic participation has become a critical driver of business success.