Ever wonder how trainers coach marathon runners to run a distance of 26.2 miles or 42.1 kms?

Chock full of incredible techniques and practical advice, this session will motivate everyone to expand their thinking on coaching agile teams for optimal performance.

You will walk (or run) away with a fresh understanding of how you can inspire and uplift your project teams. As a running coach and SCRUM Master, Samir shares his insights into how you can affect small changes, inspire the right behavior and build trust among your team. You’ll learn how marathon coaches build endurance, stamina, strength and speed and how you can adopt these techniques for your project teams.



Outline/Structure of the Workshop

We set the context to the session by providing an overall understanding of a marathon training program. We start to weave in how these concepts can be applied to your agile teams.  

In the meat of the session we get into the nitty gritty of the coaching techniques. Each technique is elaborated on and explained. We also perform group exercises, give out some surprise prizes and off course do some running to get our juices flowing. Samir shares his real world experiences and provides some great examples of successful project teams. Some of the coaching techniques discussed include - holding up the mirror for your team, positive feedback, the need for consistent practice and the power of listening. Learn how marathon coaches train for endurance, stamina, strength and speed. More importantly understand how these tactics can be applied to your project teams.

Also understand how coaching your team can lead to career growth.

Learning Outcome

  • Learn about the coaching techniques for marathon runners

  • Understand how to apply these techniques in an agile team setting

  • Experience some of the techniques in action to get a feel for them

  • Walk away with practical coaching tactics that you can apply immediately


Target Audience

Agile team members, Scrum Masters, Product Owners

schedule Submitted 7 years ago

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