Hello, Boston SPIN Members and Guests!
We hope you're enjoying our Boston SPIN meetings. We've kicked off the 2008/2009 year with a fantastic line up of presentations:
• Nancy Van Schooenderwoert showed us how organizations are successfully
using agile in Safety-critical applications,
• Michael Mah shared productivity comparisons of Agile vs. Waterfall,
• Johanna Rothman coached us on how we can be better coaches,
• Tom Zauli taught us how to tame the SOA beast in our organizations.
And, we're extremely excited to bring back the newsletter! We want to keep you on top of the latest in software process improvement and help connect you
with others in the industry. If you're blogging about our meetings, let us know and we'll link to you in the next
In-the-SPIN so you can share your thoughts and ideas with the community.
Boston SPIN is all about you, our members, so please don't hesitate to
email us what you'd like from your SPIN.
Building Your Coaching Skills
|Boston SPIN Presentations|
November 18, 2008
Sometimes, you're in a position where you feel stumped. You know the problem is solvable, but you don't know how. If so,
you might be looking for a coach.
Sometimes the coaching is for two minutes or less, "How do I tell my boss his fly is open?"
Sometimes, the coaching is for longer, as when you see a pattern of problems in the organization and want to help solve them. But
not every problem you see is a cause. Sometimes, the problems are effects of other problems. In that case, learning how to ask
questions that articulate the problems can be quite helpful.
At the November SPIN meeting, I had an opportunity to speak a little about coaching and then facilitate some practice among the
attendees. People had some great conversations. I wrote up some of those conversations in one of my recent email newsletters,
The Problem Statement is not always the Problem.
Remember coaching is a time-bound collaborative relationship based on trust. You can be a great coach. I practice being a coach by
asking for coaching, and by practicing all the ways, not just teaching, that I can coach.
»View Johanna's Presentation
»Read more of Johanna's articles and blogs
A Strategy That Beats Recessions and Prepares You For the Better Times Ahead
» Curt Van Emon, 02/17
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Common mistakes when implementing Agile and Scrum
» Peter Toudjarski, 02/17