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Thursday, August 6 • 15:45 - 17:00
#awkward - Coaching a new team (Luke Lackrone) Popular

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When we have our most successful coaching moments, they often come from a deep groove: where we seem to anticipate the team's needs; know when the breakthroughs are coming; know how to dance between mentoring the team and letting them innovate (or struggle) on their own. But, it rarely starts that way. Coaching new teams can be awkward -- and especially so if you're new to coaching. I will show you some ways of approaching these coaching engagements that can break down the awkwardness, reveal things about the team, and get on a track of improvement and discovery.
I will share some attitudes I think can benefit coaches who find these situations awkward, as well as practical tools and tips you can exercise tomorrow to get teams talking and making progress. We will also engage as small groups, for further practice on these tools and to create space for coaching one-another.
Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Ways of approaching teams you are coaching for the first time, including how to start those first conversations and pitfalls to avoid
  • 2. Practical exercises to help teams align, communicate, and teach you about their dynamics
  • 3. Tools to use for teams who need to re-set their basic agile practices

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Luke Lackrone

Agile Coaching Lead, Booz Allen Hamilton
Luke is the Agile Coaching Lead at Booz Allen Hamilton, in the DC Metro area. Luke has been building software solutions for defense and intelligence customers for over 10 years, leading teams of 3 to 43. Luke has found agile values and coaching techniques to be a powerful frame for... Read More →

Thursday August 6, 2015 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
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