Scrum Gathering Munich – Being a scrum coach

Some stuff I wrote down during the panel discussion of ‘Being a Scrum coach’ at the Scrum Gathering in Munich.

The panel consisted of:

Christoph Mathis (moderator)
Rachel Davies
Siegfried Kaltenecker
Peter Hundermark
Bent Myllerup

Q) How can you help a team that is underperforming?
A) Rachel: By using retrospectives to continuously improve. By talking to individuals, but also to the team. By trying to understand.

Q) When is it better to stop coaching?
A) Rachel: When a team is under high pressure and the really don’t have any time to learn the new stuff you’re coaching. When there is a time of tension, in which layoffs are happening. People will be careful when asked to try out new stuff.

Q) What‘s the difference between a Scrum Master and a Scrum Coach?
A) Peter: A coach starts from day one making himself obsolete. For instance by coaching other coaches.
Rachel: Even scrum master can be a transient role, the team should take it on them over time.
Bent: A coach is usually the coach of the scrum masters

Q) Do you need specific skills as a coach?
A) Rachel: You need a supporting network as back up. A coach always needs more skills and should keep on learning. A good formula is pair coaching. A good coach also dares to admit he doesn’t know everything.

Some other comments during the panel discussion

Peter: You need to be able to set a clear goal, and get out of the way.

Siegfried: Create space & time to solve problems

Rachel: Step back and reflect, it is a good counterbalance for pressure


About Nick Oostvogels

Hi, I'm an independent management consultant. My biggest strengths are located in the fields of teamwork, motivation, leadership and continuous improvement. In the IT industry you find a lot of these values in the agile movement, in which I often act as a project leader, product owner or coach. My interests go a lot further, into other industries where we find these values in lean production. Besides that, I try to broaden my horizon as much as possible, always looking for better ways of doing business.

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