Fragile Agile: Coaching A Tired Team – Anna Obukhova – Agile on the Beach Conference 2017

In this session from Agile On The Beach entitled ‘Fragile Agile: Coaching A Tired Team’ Anna Obukhova describes what changes when a team is tired and how to estimate the stage of exhaustion. She discusses what needs to be modified in the coaching and facilitation techniques and in the Agile process so that you as a coach or a scrum master can help your worn out team to transition into a better process and produce steady results.

Virtually all Agile coaching techniques assume that people and teams are in normal physical and mental conditions. And even in such cases introducing the change is difficult and people tend to be resistant to change innovations. And what happens if the team you plan to coach or manage is tired, exhausted or even burned­out? Yes, this might happen because of an ineffective process and you expect that your suggestions will help, but in this state people are not able to hear and follow new ideas. General Agile coaching and facilitation techniques will not work on the tired team or even make things worse. There is a need develop a special set of actions, tailored to work with exhausted people. This includes approaches to project management and people motivation, choosing facilitation techniques that accommodate the level of team overwork.


Anna Obukhova is an Agile Coach working with Agile methodologies since 2004 as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Project/Programme Manager and recently as Agile Portfolio Delivery Manager for a large investment bank in London. Anna is mainly interested in distributed and dispersed projects and effectiveness of team communication in such conditions. Her passion is to collect and share best industry and company practices in Agile management. She helps Agile teams and programmes to improve their processes and implement the transition from Waterfall to Agile in corporate environments (her clients are major banks and very large companies from other industries). She uses her educations in Biology, Psychology and Coaching to connect working tips and recommendations with the natural processes that happen in our bodies (especially in the brain). She believes it can explain a lot and she`s very excited how naturally Agile works. For more than 10 years Anna is interested in burn-out and productivity topics and is currently

Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall UK. Since 2011 Agile on the Beach has been a two day agile conference, set on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between. The conference explores agile software, products, teams, business and practices. With 400 attending, the conference hosts 50 seminars and workshops to provide the ultimate agile learning experience, along with ample opportunities for networking at its 3 evening events.

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