Chapter 1. Will I Be a Good Coach?

Even though I had about 15 years of managing projects by the time I encountered agile, nothing prepared me for the power and simplicity of agile done well. I didn’t see it that way at first, however. When I was introduced to agile, I didn’t believe it would work. My mental model of projects was that of a set of big machines that worked separately but in lockstep, each part producing a raw product to be ingested by another part of the machine and eventually spitting out a complete and finished product. In my world, project management was essential, serious business because project managers orchestrated the workings of the whole machine. Everything about getting projects done was complicated and big, and I was ...

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