From Agile to Cognitive Coaching

For the past year, I have been exploring and practicising Agile and Coaching as a collective application of Scrum principles in several HR teams. 

I had as a reference two books: one is the Essential Scrum by Kenny Rubin, a bed side companion for scrummers at all levels and another book called Coaching Agile Teams by Lisa Adkins. 

These are great books: the first provides a very comprehensive approach to what is scrum from an overview to a very comprehensive approach to deployment. The second one, more about Scrum teams start-ups facilitation and managing the whole Scrum process as a proficient Scrum Master. 

On another note, and looking into collaborative thinking processe I found out that Collaborative Thinking is considered a procedure wherein a group combine their strengths and backgrounds to produce ideas addressing a specific problem. It is clear the driver of this collaboration is a challenge or an opportunity.

And whithim the realm of my endeavor I found a particular paper written by Costa and Garmston that changed my perspective on coaching teams. It deboned the framework of interaction between the facilitator and a group. So cognitive coaching is a path to develop self-directed learning in any individual. It encompasses three major pillars: trust, learning and autonomy. In doing so, cognitive coaches embrace and master self-managing, self-monitoring and self-modifying.

1. Self-Managing means approaching tasks with clarity of outcomes, a strategic plan, and necessary data, and then draw from past experiences, anticipate success indicators, and create alternatives for accomplishment.

2. Self-Monitoring: refers to establishing metacognitive strategies to alert the perceptions for in-the-moment indicators of whether the strategic plan is working and to assist in the decision-making processes of altering the plan if it is not.

3. Self-Modifying: They reflect on, evaluate, analyze, and construct meaning from the experience and apply the learning to future activities, tasks, and challenges.

Why was this important?

Cognitive Coaching was correlated with increased student success as well as impacting teacher thinking, causing teachers to be more reflective and to think in
more complex ways. Teachers were more satisfied with their positions and with their choice of teaching as a profession. School cultures became more professional. Teachers collaborated more improving professionally and personally. 
So can this apply to the corporate world benifiting the business? I believe Agile coaching to be a new artifact assisted form of cognitive coaching. Therefore, from agile to cognitive coaching I found my way through, but the story isn’t finished…

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