Are you a coach? Or are you a referee?

This week’s Weekly Inspection looks at the value of an Agile Coach.

A referee has expert command of the rules of the game.
A coach understands how and when to apply those rules to win the game.

A referee penalizes players for violating the rules of the game.
A coach recognizes when violating the rules is more valuable than following the rules.

Referees are objective adjudicators. The win or loss is irrelevant.
Coaches have a stake in the game. Team success is paramount.

The Agile community is rich with members who call themselves coaches.
I fear too many of them are playing the role of referee.

Do you have a question for the Weekly Inspection? Let me know @johnkrewson.

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