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Here’s what agile coaches say about the impact of ACI’s training and coaching.


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Aaron Corcoran July 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm

I had the honor of taking The Agile Facilitator course in a local venue. (Note: I have taken the CAT 2-day course in the past). While the content wasn’t as life changing as the Coaching Agile Teams material, it was something that I could put to immediate use after the course. In fact, the day after the course I started utilizing a lot of the tools and primers that were provided and was able to step back from leading meetings and truly take on the facilitator’s role.

Was it uncomfortable – yes, however, the class provided not only the tools, but the in-person training and in class exercises provided a high level of confidence in order to take these and put them into action.

I left the class feeling empowered to create the container and allow the team to create the content.

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Mariya Breyter April 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm

When I registered for the boot camp, I had specific learning objectives in mind: I wanted to improve my presentation and facilitation skills, and become a better coach by providing meaningful feedback and becoming a better listener. After I attended the boot camp, I understood that comparing with Agile terminology, my learning objectives looked like “I want to master Agile by learning what are the Agile ceremonies, what are the roles of team members, and how to calculate velocity” not addressing values or principles of Agile. Similarly, when going to the boot camp, I was looking for specific knowledge in both facilitation and coaching, but found life experience and new vision instead.

The boot camp was far from a traditional training session where there is a list of topics, which are being “covered”. This was a life experience, transformational in its nature, which made me a better coach and a better person. I learned everything I wanted and more, but the most important part of my experience is that it made me a more confident, more tolerant, more flexible person, and just a better human being. In 5 days, Lyssa, Michael S., Michael H. showed me and others how to look at human interactions from a different perspective; and the encouragement and support from Leslie Stein made me believe that everything is possible.

Since I returned from the boot camp, I use the newly acquired vision daily, and I have noticed that people treat me differently, they listen to me differently, and I listen to them in a new way and understand their needs on a different level now. I feel empowered and energized, and the only difficult part about this boot camp is that I miss my new friends that I met there and I hope we will stay in touch and support each other for many years ahead.

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Leslie Stein April 16, 2014 at 8:27 pm

This testimonial just put a HUGE smile on my face, Mariya!!! You were such a joy to work with and your willingness to learn was amazing!! I feel so honored to know you and be part of your journey & look forward to staying connected to watch you keep discovering that everything indeed IS possible!!! :-)

Go get ‘em White Tiger!!!!!!

Big hugs,
Leslie

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Nitin Khanna February 15, 2014 at 10:43 am

Coaching Agile Teams
I recently took the 3-day “Coaching Agile Teams” with Lysaa and Michael. Not only was it an eye-opener, but also offered me some techniques which could be used immediately. Besides the insights, the tools gave me instant gratification and I could also see a change with some colleagues.

One will also find the students in the class establishing close ties and avail of an opportunity to find peers willing to support each other.

What one may not find —
A complete solution to some of the challenges we all endure. There was also no teaching of Agile practices so familiarity with at least 1 Agile practice is recommended (E.g. Scrum).

While you will find a roadmap established for yourself, the journey will truly be yours. Journey on! I recommend this course for all Agile practitioners.

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Sean Rich February 10, 2014 at 9:05 am

Like I told Lyssa and Michael, the Agile Coaching Bootcamp that I attended in September continues to be the experience that provides me the most value in my role and in my day-to-day life. It’s one of the best designed, best delivered courses I’ve experienced. In reality, it transcends the traditional concept of course and should instead be described as an experience.

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Teresa McCallum February 1, 2014 at 4:30 am

The Agile Facilitator
I found the Agile Facilitator course the most beneficial professional course I have attended. It has influenced my personal relationships as well as professional. My new year resolutions were inspired by the insights I gained on the course and I am continuing to make progress in several areas.

This year I began my new management role and I am using a much better approach with the team equipped with the knowledge I have gained.

Michael and Lyssa provide a stimulating, challenging, and enjoyable environment. I highly recommend this course.

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Craig Smith December 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
It was a pleasure to finally get Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd down to Australia to run their 2 day Coaching Agile Teams course. Having enjoyed some of their short workshops at Agile 200x conferences, I knew that the course would be an essential addition to my coaching toolkit. What transpired was 2 days of intense learning and thought provokion. It was as much learning new skills and techniques as well as learning from their own style of delivering a course. Anybody who considers themselves an Agile Coach must consider learning from Lyssa and Michael!

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Lisa Wright November 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

Agile Coach Boot Camp
The first thing I want to say is….you MUST take this course if you ever have to “run” a meeting. Because when you do you will never “run” a meeting again. The skills, tools and techniques learned to facilitate a meeting in this course are amazing and readily applicable. All you have to do is remember ‘POWER’ (okay there is a little more to it than that)! I realized there are some skills you need to effectively facilitate a meeting, rather than just have an agenda. Lyssa and Michael are awesome teachers and coaches and they don’t just talk the talk, but they walk the walk and teach by example, the skills they helped us to learn. The Agile Coaching part of the course was just as transformational as it doesn’t just teach skills for the business world, but skills and techniques to your everyday life. You will see and feel a difference in yourself changing throughout the week and by the last day finding yourself a bit sad that it’s all over.

Sometimes it wasn’t easy and well, that’s why it’s called boot camp because it stretched us! If you want easy go take a course that is simply being ‘taught’ in a boring class room setting go somewhere else. They raise the bar on any training course I will ever consider taking again.

Our group had a truly amazing bonding and learning experience like none I’ve ever seen with a large group of people that had never met before. From the hands on exercises and the bonding around the campfire on a chilly fall night and the “Chubby Bunny” and pumpkin painting contests on Halloween. It was an wonderful experience I will never forget and friendships were forged that will be ongoing.

This course is one of a kind in all ways..if you are considering taking it, don’t hesitate and sign up for a class!

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Lisa LaBonte November 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Agile Coach Boot Camp
WOW. I just completed the Agile Bootcamp; 2 days of Agile Facilitator and 3 days for Agile Coach. Hands down the best training I have received in my 20+ years worklife. Incredible content, amazing teachers. I learned so much about my own “stance” and others perceptions. I have already begun to recommend this course to others. Blew me away – you guys are incredible. Thank you!! Lis

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Jim L October 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Agile Coach Boot Camp
I just finished the full 5-day course, which included The Agile Facilitator and Coaching Agile Teams. It was a great experience, going deep into the content for both areas. Besides the incredible number of practical tools and skills, the best aspect for me was the feeling that Lyssa, Michael and Leslie were “pulling back the curtain” to show the real professional strength of these skills. I have already started using them with my teams.

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Beth Miller October 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Agile Coach Boot Camp
I just wanted to thank you all so much for leading the facilitation and coaching training last week for Capital One. I gained a lot of insight into the techniques needed for facilitation as well as coaching. I would love to help co-facilitate with you in the future if you eve need any assistance, so please feel free to reach out if you need any help.

Thanks and hope to see you all in the future!
Beth

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Peter Gfader June 8, 2013 at 7:09 am

The Coaching Stance
I attended the “Coaching Stance in June and it was an amazing 2 day experience.
This course showed me some great skills to improve our profession of software development and some great skills for my life.
Thank you very much!

Starting to practice just now, and looking forward to the 1st “dance with the client”

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Aaron Corcoran March 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
Taking the Agile Coaching course was one of the best investments I could have made. Talk about an amazing ROI! Not only did I feel like I learned some invaluable tools and techniques to immediate put into action in my career, but I also felt like this two day course was a personal coaching session FOR ME! The things taught in this class should not be limited to just Agile teams, but in any environment where you have to lead in any capacity. The class is interactive, fun, and not your typical sage on a stage type environment.

I would highly recommend this course and should you want more information from an unbiased account, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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John M. March 13, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
It’s been just under a month since I took the Coaching Agile Teams course and I wanted to share some thoughts about this great course. I must admit, when I took the course, I had a hard time aligning the Coaching techniques to my very technical software development team and was uncertain as to how the Coaching and Facilitating slice of the Agile Coaching Stance would fit in. However, since attending the course, several opportunities for powerful questions, level 2 (I hope I am at level 2) listening, and even constellations have surfaced. I am appreciative for the perspective the course offered in how to handle these situations and also for the new found ability to recognize circumstances where the previously mentioned techniques are useful.

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Jen Bennett February 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
It has been almost 6 weeks and I continue to leverage many of the concepts from the course. I have enjoyed sharing some of the learning experiences with my colleagues and have seen a fundamental shift for many in our organization. I continue to learn as I utilize many of the techniques of coaching and have even had people say things like “this is the first time in my career that someone has taken me through such an exploration”. Kudos to Lyssa and Michael for putting together a great course and engaging the audience like no other instructors I have experienced. I truly enjoyed the training and am enjoying using it in my coaching within the team. Many thanks once again to Lyssa and Michael! This is the first course that I actually felt like emailing the instructors several weeks after the course had completed. It has truly impacted me in a way an email can probably only begin to express!

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Kevin Callahan January 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

The Coaching Stance
It has been almost two months since I participated in The Coaching Stance. Since then my approach as scrum master and agile coach has shifted subtly, though changes have been substantial. Prior to the course, I often got caught in solving problems for the teams and individuals I work with. By focusing on the people instead, not only are the solutions driven by those closest to them and thus a better fit, my internal pace is far more sustainable. To get chemical: rather than being a reactive agent that is changed, I have become simply the catalyst. As a result difficult conversations become more approachable and collectively we are able to gain positive traction in areas that have historically blocked us and I am able to accomplish more with the same effort.

I cannot speak highly enough of the instruction, fellow students, format, and perhaps most importantly, the presence Michael and Cynthia embodied. For this work is not something outside of ourselves; to fully benefit we must engage with our entire being, which is well-modeled by the instructors. It is here that the work quickly spills out of the professional sphere to change us deeply and positively impact every relationship and interaction. It is not an overstatement to suggest this is a life-changing experience if we allow it to be.

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Johan Stenmark November 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
Lyssa and Michael really opened up a new world to me in this class. They gave me the tools that I didn’t know I was lacking, and most of all the tools that I really needed.

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Sue Shreve November 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Leading from the Next Level
Lyssa and Michael’s course “Leading from the Next Level” is outstanding! This course is a natural progression in the series they offer. Coaching is not about training louder (thank you Michael for that quote) nor is it about using Command-and-Control to stamp out Command-and-Control. This course teaches Agile leadership through the lens of the system. I highly recommend it. Also, it was a joy being in the company of the level of Coaches that Lyssa and Michael’s classes attract.

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Joel Bancroft-Connors April 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

The Coaching Stance
In a world where everything seems to be a rush to the finish line, Michael and David stood out in their mantra to slow down. The value of learning (being reminded) that the true help occurs not in getting to the destination but in how one gets there was invaluable.

Thank you for the help to find the path under my feet and not to worry about the path on the other side of the mountain ahead.

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John Nicol March 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

The Coaching Stance
I’ve been in the Agile space and coaching for the past 11 years and like many coaches out there my training has been on-the-job. I’ve taken several “Lean-Agile” practitioner classes, read many books and blogs, participated in and spoken at Agile conferences over the years, but I HAVE NOT taken any professional coach training courses until The Coaching Stance class. Lyssa, Michael, and Cynthia have put together an excellent class that all coaches should attend. The class is fun, thought provoking, and full of hands on coaching. They incorporate fundamentals from the co-active coaching model and systems coaching into the Agile space that provide attendees real world experience and tools they can take back to their companies and apply immediately. Whether you’re an experienced Agile coach or just getting started, you will walk away from this class with new tools, new ideas, and most importantly new friends and colleagues you can collaborate with on your journey.

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Haley March 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

The Coaching Stance
The Coaching Stance has had an unimaginable impact on my life. I view people in a different way. This experience has changed how I coach, communicate, and collaborate with every person I come in contact with. I absolutely recommend this course. I have taken both the Coaching Agile Teams and the Coaching Stances courses. The Coaching Stance is a deeper dive into coaching and you gain a lot of actual coaching experience. I encourage anyone considering taking the course to go for it!!!

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Chris Martin March 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm

The Coaching Stance
The Coaching Stance was a very eye opening experience. The co-active coaching model has changed my approach to coaching. Thank you to Michael and Cynthia for such a great experience.

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David Sabine February 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
Michael Spayd helped me to develop and confirm a vision towards excellence in my role as Product Owner.

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David Hainish February 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
This course is … A natural progression to becoming Agile.

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Chris Leslie February 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
I highly recommend the agile coach training course. If you are a leader, or looking to take any leadership position on an agile team this course is a must-have followup to any base agile training.

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Sean Glover February 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
The Agile Coaching course facilitated by Lyssa and Michael opened my eyes to the huge scope of what it means to be an Agile coach. I will be processing the material for a while, but I hope to launch into implementation of these concepts ASAP.

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Shanly Suepaul February 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

Coaching Agile Teams
Lyssa and Michael exposed us to a great toolset and provided a roadmap to develop further.

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Ivan Jensen December 13, 2011 at 2:43 am

Coaching Agile Teams
I had previously read the Coaching Agile Teams book cover-to-cover and jumped at the chance to attend the course in Boulder. It was everything I hoped for and more; incredibly fun and intense. Lyssa and Michael’s pair-teaching style was great to experience, they compliment each other exceptionally as they keep the learning experiences coming one after another. I returned to work with and arsenal of actionable advice, invaluable real-world hands-on experience and a set of tools to start applying straight away. The icing on the cake for me were the other attendees. Everyone was fully engaged and looking to learn as much as possible, they helped make it a light-hearted, fun and rewarding experience.
If you have the slightest desire to help grow capacity in your colleagues this course is the best start you can get.

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Stefan Haas November 7, 2011 at 6:53 am

Lyra Mentor Group
One of this year’s biggest challenges for me was an agile team-startup with 20+ people including managers, product owners and development team members. The coaching skills I have acquired during two meeting cycles in the Lyra Mentor Group and the great direct support on all levels from my group where key for me to master the startup workshop and finally made it a full success. The meeting agenda and activities where based on the group needs model which I have learned about practically and theoretically in my group. This conceptional framework proved to be an essential cornerstone to navigate thru this startup-phase.

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Joseph Flahiff October 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
After the first day I did not want to come back to class for the second day… I wanted to go apply what I had learned with my coaching clients!

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Ted Young September 15, 2011 at 9:31 am

The Coaching Stance
This was THE most powerful learning experience, giving me the tools I need to achieve my goal of transforming my work. I now have the tools that will make me a better coach and and more effective employee.

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Latha Swamy September 15, 2011 at 9:30 am

The Coaching Stance
Coaching Stance training has deeply impacted my ability to listen, get related to my client through alliance, and ask powerful questions, while keeping only the client’s interest/agenda in mind. This is a powerful skill that can be applied to every area of my life. Thank you for making us “agents of transformation.”

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Dennis Britton September 15, 2011 at 9:26 am

The Coaching Stance
I received the power of not being myself through self-management.
I was inspired by the other coaches’ caring, dedication, honesty, and intelligence.
Got great tools for handling complaints and resistance, which will empower me to transform.
Great opportunity to practice real coaching in a safe but frank space.

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Aaron Suedmeyer September 15, 2011 at 9:25 am

The Coaching Stance
The coaching stance is an indispensable piece of knowledge for an Agile Coach.
A profound shift in who I am as an agile coach.
A new world of agile coaching come into view.
A profound understanding of the heart of being an Agile Coach.

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John Lowe September 15, 2011 at 9:24 am

The Coaching Stance
The Coaching Stance made a profound impact on my power to make the difference in many, many realms. As a strategist, I am now empowered to cause partnership with management teams and boards. With what I got from this, as a leader, I will be able to create spaces for agile approaches to work in corporations where the agile approach is currently being resisted by the corporate anti-bodies.

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Bachan Anand September 15, 2011 at 9:23 am

The Coaching Stance
Opening to possibilities of how Agile Stance can be taken to all aspects of life and work. How beingness can be created by seeing the connection between coaching stance and coaching practices.

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Robert Hu September 15, 2011 at 9:20 am

The Coaching Stance
I found it very useful and relevant for transformation of our Scrum teams. I have the necessary tools and awareness to really be an effective program manager.

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Margaret Motamed September 15, 2011 at 9:17 am

The Coaching Stance
Now I am ready to move into practice on coaching. Coming into the class I was hoping to practice some co-active style coaching. Leaving the class, I am prepared, equipped and ready to actually coach — to move into practice without training wheels! Of course, I will be letting people know I am still a beginner!

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Courtney Kauzens March 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
I want to thank you again for such a wonderful experience in your Coaching Agile Teams workshop – I found you and Michael to be very inspirational and I not only walked away with SO much information, but I truly believe I have a new attitude and approach that will hopefully allow me and my team to be much more successful with our Scrum implementation!

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Ted St.Clair November 4, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
I just completed the Coaching Agile Teams Course in San Francisco. I can’t express enough how much I appreciated all the information that was shared. Not only did Lyssa honor her book in the course she also added great examples that brought home the message and techniques even more. I greatly appreciated her ability to correlate her techniques to real world scenarios that provided insight on how to scale across organizations at enterprise level.
The next day after class I participated in my Team’s Retrospective and Planning sessions. Unfortuantely, due to the prior Sprint not going as well the Team would have liked, we addressed a number of challenging subjects. I received feedback that it was one of the best we’ve ever had. The Team attributed our collective success to the energy I brought back from the course and I couldn’t agree more. Great class.

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Del Hagar October 18, 2010 at 8:50 am

Coaching Circles
The agile coaches circle has really been helpful to me. Working with Lyssa and other agile coaches has been an encouragement when going through difficult situations in coaching. Having a group of peers to work with has proven helpful in getting another perspective on the issues that are faced in adopting Agile in a large enterprise.

Lyssa does a great job of coaching the team so we can improve our coaching skills. She leads by example which is a very effective way to coach.

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Karen Greaves October 15, 2010 at 2:15 am

Coaching Circles
I joined one of Lyssa’s coaching circles earlier this year, and we’ve kept it going because the learnings have been so rich.
Agile coaching is hard, and often it is difficult to find peers with the same level of dedication to improvement in your own organisation. Lyssa’s circle has exposed me to a group of peers to share my learnings with and to learn from them. I think that a large amount of the growth I have experienced as a coach this year, has been sparked by this circle.
I am also constantly amazed by Lyssa’s expert facilitation skills, and the safe space she manages to create telephonically. Observing her in action, helps me understand the kind of behaviour I need to model as a coach. I highly recommend her coaching circles to anyone looking to grow as a coach and a person. Another great thing is that you can join from anywhere in the world. I am thrilled to have access to such an awesome coach, all the way down here in South Africa!

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Kathy Aragon August 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

Coaching Circles
I just completed a coaching circle with Lyssa and 5 others. We started in May and had six (I think!) hour and a half telephone discussions regarding agile coaching. It was very helpful to me as a newbie SM and coach; there were rich insights, observations, and suggestions. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

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Ryan Fullmer August 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Coaching Agile Teams
I recently completed the Coaching Agile Teams class in Boston. Lyssa did an excellent job presenting the material, facilitating the exercises, and creating a supportive and fun environment to learn and grow. Lyssa helped us tackle real-world problems and build our personal backlogs for continued learning after the class. I found the two-days very rewarding and have already applied techniques learned in the class with my team. I plan on taking the second part of this training. I highly recommend this class to Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches!

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Richard Marks August 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Coaching Circles
I had the privilege of participating in a 1.5 hour coaching circle that Lyssa led, followed by her book signing and presentation to a large group. Lyssa models a much needed synthesis of practical, nuts and bolts experience with Agile teams, bolstered by her wisdom and huge heart. Her contributions to the fields of Agile and Scrum are much needed, given the importance of the human aspects of technology teams. I heartily recommend Lyssa’s work and her books to all Agile coaches and teams.

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