4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A much needed book about a very important practice,
This review is from: Agile Coaching (Paperback)
Coaching. How hard can it be? To the uninitiated a great coach hardly seems to do a thing: a small comment here, a gentle prod there. The result, the subjects magically improve.
Of course the truth is that there's no such thing as magic, and that coaching is a skill (maybe an art) that takes years to perfect. As others have said here, Agile has internalised the vital role that coaches can play, and as it grows in popularity there are going to be more and more people trying to coach, without knowing where to start.
This book is perfect for them. It's packed full of tips, snippets, pauses for thoughts, techniques, and most importantly stories. It can get a nascent coach started on the right road.
Vitally, it talks not just about practical application, but more importantly about the frame of mind a coach needs to have. Given a bad coach is perhaps more damaging than a good coach is helpful, helping them focus on the way they act is a fundamentally important part of the book's message.
Finally, more experienced coaches will get plenty from this book, too (I know I did); Whether in the form of revisiting known techniques, discovering new ones, or apropos reminders of the aforementioned mindset.
I don't know of any other book aimed at Agile coaching. Great stuff, and much needed.