Normalizing Discomfort in Agile Transformations

Photo by Trey Ratcliff

Photo by Trey Ratcliff

When teams start adopting agile practices, managers often feel lost or out of place.  Their role has changed, and it is not clear what they should be doing.  They are told not to talk at daily scrums, don't assign tasks to team members, and don't tell the team how to do the work.  Where does that leave managers?  They have to grown, and they are responsible for creating an environment that fosters growth for teams and individuals.

It leaves them with an incredibly difficult job--normalizing discomfort:

There is a great checklist on Dr. Brene Brown's website for giving engaged feedback.

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.