The Next Iteration of the Coaching Dashboard

Photo by Natalie Litz

Photo by Natalie Litz

Sometime after I developed my first coaching dashboard, I went from coaching 8 teams to about 20 teams, and I found it difficult to fill in the matrix for such a large number of teams.  The dashboard no longer helped me focus on what I needed to do next because it was more time-consuming to read.  I determined that I needed to facilitate the agile assessment with all of the teams, and I started to replace the note cards with the team’s maturity level for each focus area.  I could see which teams had gone through the assessment and which remained to be done easily, and I would tag teams that had an assessment scheduled with a sticky note.  I indicated the focus areas that teams chose to improve with sticker dots.  

As the maturity cards were filled in, I could again see similarities and differences across teams at a higher level.  It became clear that the teams were relatively close in their maturities—they seemed to move together in their agile adoption.  Suddenly coaching 20 different teams didn’t seem like the goal.  The goal was to coach the organization as a whole and teach 20 Scrum Masters to coach their individual teams!

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.