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A short while ago I had a conversation with someone about my aspiration to become an agile coach. We talked about agile, about teams, about leading and leadership. We also dug into a couple of concrete examples of what I’d done to help the team I was in improve.

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Emotional intelligence pays

Soft skills are getting recognized more and more as being important in the workplace.

Rainer Starck’s TED talk predicts a crisis with regard to the workforce around 2030. It’s an interesting listen. If you don’t want to listen to the full talk, head over to Boston Consulting Guru Explains How To Prepare For The Workforce Crisis That Is Coming In 2030 for a summary on Business Insider.

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Self-organization doesn’t happen by itself

Have you ever been told: “We are going to be agile. And we’ll follow SCRUM from now on.”? Maybe you have been lucky and had a day’s worth of training on the SCRUM framework. So you know that SCRUM teams are self-organizing and nobody tells them how to do their work,

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“Trust has to be earned” is counterproductive

Last Friday I was at an open space agile conference. Surrounded by Agile Coaches. People doing what I am learning about and practicing for. People responsible for helping agile teams improve.

To help anyone improve means getting them to open up. Not just about anything. About their failures.

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Are you lazy? That may not be a bad thing

I’m sure you have heard it before. “A good programmer is lazy.” I often hear it when discussing DRY, taking it to mean that you should not repeat code. The train of thought is: if you are lazy, you don’t like doing things twice, so a lazy programmer will naturally tend to write DRY code.

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