Expert vs Novice Agile Consultant/Coach

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Expert: “What problem are they trying to solve?” Novice: “What does Agile say to do?”
“What problem are they trying to solve?” vs “What does Agile say to do?”
Expert: “Unique people with unique interests.” Novice: Stereotypes. “Managers always…” “Developers always…”
Unique people vs stereotypes
Two columns: Motivation, Ability. Three rows: Personal, Social, Structural. Novices tend to focus on personal motivation only. Experts consider all of these.
Six sources of influence vs personal motivation only
Expert: Potential allies, pre-existing resources. Novice: Us vs them. Good vs evil.
Looking for allies vs looking for enemies
Expert: Timing considerations given the problem. Novice: Always big bang changes OR always incremental changes.
Context-specific timing vs context-free timing
Expert: “What else is going on?” Big picture. Novice: Focused only on what’s presented.
“What else is going on?” vs focusing only on what’s presented
Expert: “What could go wrong?” Novice: “The books say this should work.”
“What could go wrong?” vs “The books say this should work”

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Jason Yip

Senior Manager Product Engineering at Grainger. Extreme Programming, Agile, Lean guy. Ex-Spotify, ex-ThoughtWorks, ex-CruiseControl