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Mar 19, 2009

Self Organize ....... NOW.

No really, we think it is important to create an environment that allows your teams to flourish. This seems like a "Black Art" but with enough space and encouragement it can not be stopped.



tibia gold
almost fifteen years ago

For this matter, once I discussed with one of my friends, not only about the content you
talked about, but also to how to improve and develop, but no results. So I am deeply moved by
what you said today.

Brian Shannon
over fifteen years ago

Hey Bob,

I enjoyed the podcast on my way to work this morning. But I do have a question. It was mentioned that as Agile coaches we want to guide the team through questions, etc. rather than being prescriptive about how to do Agile. It was also mentioned that \'best practices\' is sort of not what we want to impose on the team.

However, I couldn\'t help but feel a little confused. Agile does have a set of practices (although not necessarily \'best\' for any one team) that reflect our values. You mentioned one of them as the Retrospective. So, we do in fact have a set of practices that we need to communicate to a new team effectively so they can know what tools they have in the toolbox. How do we best do this w/o seemingly prescribing the process that we think might work best?

My thoughts on this are that we:

- Communicate to the team, like you said, that nothing is set in stone and that we can experiment to see what works for us
- Lead the team down the path that we think might work best through questions and \'guiding\', but still keep all the options open
- Describe all the practices to the team at a somewhat high level and connect them to the values that they have as a team

I guess it comes down to: How do you balance the need to communicate what Agile is and yet guide the team to their own \'best\' implementation of Agile w/o being too prescriptive?