Agile Coaching Dashboard, Iteration 3

Photo by A.Q. Mckenzie

Photo by A.Q. Mckenzie

After facilitating agile assessments for all 20 teams, I realized that my job was to coach an organization and teach 20 Scrum Masters to coach their own teams.  I needed to work on growing the skills of the Scrum Masters themselves, so I needed to reflect that on my coaching dashboard.  I wasn’t comfortable displaying their real names in my cubicle, so I gave them superhero nicknames.

For the y-axis of the grid, I thought about what skills a great Scrum Master demonstrated and grouped them into 5 categories (5 is a magic number because of the size of the cards and height of my cubicle).  In the matrix, I wrote notes about each Scrum Master.  A note in green meant a Scrum Master excelled at something, orange meant some help was needed, pink meant a trouble area, and purple meant I wasn’t sure and needed to spend more time with the Scrum Master.

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With this dashboard, I was able to recognize what areas were weak across the group [e.g. conflict facilitation].  More importantly, I could see opportunities for the Scrum Masters to pair and teach one another based on their strengths.

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.