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What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
I was introduced to the Agile Manifesto and Scrum Framework in January 2012 by my organisation at the time; needless to say, I consider myself to be a newbie in this field. From that moment in 2012, I've believed that business agility can do wonders for any organisation and I've taken ownership to make it happen in every organisation that I worked with. I've never had the title of an Agile Coach in my career, never thought it was needed; the act of being one though has always been around. I've helped my organisations and my clients understand the essence of agility and run hundreds of SLICEd experiments to help people embrace agility with ease. What I've understood over the years is that any shift is possible when presented in the simplest form that's easy to digest; that's what I work towards and so far it has helped. Like SLICE is an example to simplify Scientific Method that people easily understand and use it to perform experiments to confirm their hypothesis. Since the past 3 years, I've identified various venues to coach agility to the masses; I'm an authorised trainer for ICAgile's Agile Coaching Certification and organise the Pune Business Agility Meetup for the Business Agility Institute.

What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference?
I've struggled as a coach, still do, and hopefully others do as well (it's a good thing, makes people think, makes them better). My primary intention is to learn from my peers and present my struggles for which I'm open for suggestions. I'm a generalist when it comes to agility, I do not believe that we have all the answers, and the idea of exploring it together with like-minded individuals is something that I look forward to.

I would also like to understand the current state of agility and coaching; especially in a time when there are sects of people who wish to embrace it and another who exploit it. How does one identify who is coachable (or for whom are you the right coach)? And more so, in an age of agile coach being a self declared LinkedIn title, how does one ensure that it does more benefit than harm to the community and organisations?

The third would be to clarify my doubts around patterns; I've tried it in the past and observed that when people understand patterns, they try to fit every problem within pattern boundaries. When used in the right way it works well; when solving the wrong problems, it leads to over-engineering. Since a long time now, I've strongly attempted to stay away from patterns and it would be great to know what other coaches think of it.

How do you plan to contribute?
My current engagement is with ThoughtWorks since the past one year and it is an expectation from me that I act as an agility coach for my teams and my clients. My earlier organisations have been pretty novice when it came to agile practices and there were tactics that helped me with coaching individuals & teams. ThoughtWorks however, being a very mature organisation with regards to its agile practices, brought in a very different challenge. I would like to share my views around experimentation with a little help from Mr. John Lennon and the mantra that has worked for me with a mature agile organisation; "Don't Hate What You Don't Understand".
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