I’m a monster sports fan (except for hockey) so when I think of the term “coach”, I usually associate it with sports. There have been legendary coaches in sports history, Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, Scotty Bowman (as I said, I don’t like hockey but I thought I’d throw this in for John), just to name a few, BUT… are you aware of any AGILE COACHES?!
Yes, Agile coaches do exist and they teach development teams how to implement agile practices and how to avoid the common pitfalls development teams can fall into. You may be asking, “How does one become an agile coach?” Well, in addition to adopting an agile methodology, agile coaches learn from other agile coaches, in a similar way that assistant coaches on sports teams learn from head coaches. However, unlike sports teams, there is no locker room to discuss Agile team practices or watch team video. There is no team huddle to discuss Agile team strategy. The place where Agile coaches come together to network and develop ideas and practices for enhancing software development is at AGILE COACH CAMPS!
Agile Coach Camps have been held around the world since 2008, and DiscountASP.NET is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Agile Coach Camp USA event being held in Columbus, Ohio, at Columbus State Community College, from September 23 – September 25. Agile Coach Camp US 2011 is an open-space, self-organizing, highly participative conference for Agile leaders and aspiring Agile leaders to network and learn from each other.
This year’s Agile Coach Camp is split into two parts. The weekend long event begins with the Agile Games Day. The Games Day is rather unique in that coaches are allowed to share, and play, the games they have found useful in teaching agile practices with other coaches. The Games Day is only one day and concludes at the end of Friday at 5pm, just before the coach camp registration begins. The actual Agile Coach Camp then runs for the rest of the weekend. On Friday evening there will be lightning talks with hors d’oeuvres and possibly wine/beer. Saturday and Sunday will have all the 50 minute sessions. If you are interested in enhancing your Agile coaching skills or even if you have no clue what Agile coaching involves and want to get a better understanding of what it is, then you should check out this event but hurry, its close to selling out!