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!