Growing as a Coach: 5 Ways of Thinking to Expand Your Agile Mindset

Many agile practitioners extoll the value of being over doing or mindset over behaviors, but what does that actually mean?

To answer that question, let’s look at guiding principles that have been around for centuries: Japanese budo. There are five states of mind associated with traditional Japanese martial arts: Soshin, Zanshin, Mushin, Fudoshin, and Senshin. Each is associated with a stage of development for Japanese martial arts students and practitioners. These five mindsets show how finding new ways of thinking can result in new ways of behaving.

In this interactive talk, we will discuss the five mindsets, their associated agile practices, and how knowing when to utilize each one can provide insight into what being agile truly means instead of just doing agile. Embracing these mindsets can accelerate learning and positive outcomes for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Agile Coaches, and other agile leaders.

Explore the meaning behind each of the five mindsets so that attendees will have a better contextual understanding of the power of mindsets and how they can be used to grow their skills as a coach

Compare when to inhabit and move between each of the five mindsets to make their coaching more effective and impactful. Attendees will understand that one size does not fit all and be able to move between the mindsets as required by their context

Define agile actions, practices, and principles associated with each mindset that participants can take with them and further improve their agile ways of working. Attendees will be able to access the appropriate agile behaviors depending upon which mindset is required