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What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I got introduced to Scrum in 2004 when I was working as a senior developer for a major product development company who was one of the front runners in adopting agile those days. In 2006, I did scrum master certification and started working as a scrum master for a geographically distributed scrum team. Over the last 13 years, I have eventually graduated as an agile coach and helped my organizations in various agile exercises including agile maturity assessments & recommending improvements, building agile mindset for the leadership, driving transformations from waterfall/mini-waterfall to agile and helping out teams in their transition journey from Scrum to Kanban & eventually to SAFe. Along the way, I had opportunities to share my thoughts and listen to others in several conferences like Project Management Leadership Conference 2012, Project Management Leadership Conference 2013, where my work also got recognised and I had met some finest agile thought leaders who have enriched me with their own experiences and coaching practices.

For last 4 years, while my primary focus has been to oversee the product development as the lead scrum master for the offshore delivery center, I do also have the added responsibility of an agile coach to educate and groom the junior scrum masters to independently handle the delivery & promote the agile way of work for our cross cultural and geographically distributed scrum teams.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference?
Coaching teams remotely- In present operating structure, I am working from a remote location while my teams along with the scrum masters are co-located in a different city. While I have played such remote roles earlier as a scrum master but in a remote role as a coach, I see more severe challenges in terms of loss for osmotic communications or difficulties to build mutual trust with the team specially when the resources are either less matured or there are too much volatility within the team with new people coming into the group very frequently. But this is also true that in the high technology world we live in, globally remote teams are more prevalent now than any time in the history. No matter how or why distributed teams are created, they are a reality and show no sign of going away. Indeed, companies continue to expand geographically and overseas, more employees are working from home and many large corporations now hire the best talent regardless of project location. So, for our agile community, I feel, it is now more relevant than ever that we have some creative ideas and effective instruments to tackle this challenge. While I have tried to innovate certain techniques to handle this but so far, I have got mixed success. I am eager to learn how others are managing this situation in their space and try those options with my teams for better results.

How do you plan to contribute?
Being in the remote coach role for around 4 years, I have gone through the phases of success and failures which I would be happy to share with the group. I would also like to share and validate my techniques I am trying with my teams to succeed with remote coaching. In addition, I am also looking forward to hear and be part of the debate & discussions on other topics as well where I may also add value from my own diversified experience.

Created by Goutam. Last Modification: Wednesday, 06 of February, 2019 18:35:21 UTC by Goutam.