Agile Coaching and Project Team Leading — What's the difference?
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Agile Coaches focuse on agile practices and orient themself at the Agile Manifesto:
According to Kent Beck,
...an agile coach “watches the process as a whole and calls the team’s attention to impending problems or opportunities for improvement.”
Kent Beck: Extreme Programming explained. Embrace change, Addison-Wesley Longman, Amsterdam,1999.
"an agile coach helps teams grow strong in applying Agile practice to their work."
Rachel Davies, co-author of the book “Coaching Agile Teams”.
The role of an agile coach is different to being a scrum master or agile project manager since it's a transitory role not tied into project duration.
Whereas team leads and project managers take care and report the progress of the project deliveries and the project status, a coach helps a team to implement changes and to work more collaboratively.
For sure, each ambitious project manager knows the importancen of good team collaboration. However, her primary focus are project deliveries.
A coach in contrast wants to boost the team performance and proficiency (in agile software development).
This can be a slow process because most people don’t like to change how they work. For this a coach must understand how to influence people and manage organisational change.
Thus, agile coaching is strongly related to Agile Leadership — and this closes the gap to Management 3.0.