What Industry do I belong to as Agile Coach?
Today I want to write about something that most of you might think it´s strange or might not agree, frustrating time but then again this is a personal blog, right? This is the space where I can write about whatever I want to without asking for permission, and today I am kind of sensitive about a lot of things that are going on around me.
We as an Agile Coachesfrustrated time to time, it´s not an easy job, we need to help teams, scrum masters, middle management and senior management (at least some of us). Sometimes we are not successful in communicating our ideas in the best possible way and we are not taken serious, as an outcome we observe companies´ decisions being made in a very “strange” way and then we need to clean up the mess left behind.
Most of the time this does not motivate us at all because all the mess that must be cleaned could be avoided if people would have listened us. In some cases the problems were so predictable that I´d talk with couple of colleagues and we´d write down the problems that would occur and we´d seal them in an envelope. After few months we would open it just to confirm what we wrote few months ago ;).
VERY IMPORTANT: make sure that you open the envelope after having couple of beers. It´s a great feeling to confirm that you were right, but with few beers that feeling is multiplied by 10x 😀 try it out 🙂
So the whole point is how can we keep ourselves to be motivated to do a great job in our daily life as Agile Coaches?
This question leads me to ask another question:
“In which industry are you working as Agile Coach?” Take a minute and think about this… Are you in software industry or in manufacturing industry? Or ask yourself: “What does an Agile Coach do?” (I get this question frequently)
Few weeks ago I spent Christmas time in Portugal with my family and I had the opportunity to get couple of days off from everything. I thought a lot about my life and my career and I truly asked myself: “What do I do in life” and “How do I keep myself motivated to face the daily job”?
The answer was very simple, but it took me several years to reach this point and be able to understand the meaning of it.
“I am in the business of helping others to become better, to find the small things they are proud of and multiply it by 10X”
I am not in the software industry like many people see themselves. I do this job to help people to become better and this is what makes me to get up in the morning and go to the office.
Our job as Agile Coaches is not to help organisations to become better, our job is not to help organisations to become more effective and efficient, our job is not to help organisations how to become profitable.
WE CANNOT HELP ORGANISATIONS!!!
You can help people, animals, plants, etc. But you cannot help an organisation. Organisations do not breathe, do not eat, do not sleep! They are abstract “things” that not have life so we cannot help them. A profitable organisation is the “outcome” of our work but never our work itself.
Our job is to help people, and we know we did it when you leave jobs and people tell you:
“I will never forget you because of what you taught me and how you helped me to do a great job”
“You changed my life for the better”
“You inspired in pursuing my dreams and ambition”
When you listen to something like this, then you know that you did your job and you know that you have a reason to get up in the morning and go to work!
I am so serious about this idea (helping people) that sometimes you can think of actually talking with your network outside of your work and help people with finding a place where they feel better if they are struggling in the current job (fortunately I work in a company where I try bringing people in and not the other way around).
So what will you say next time people ask you “what do you do for living?” Are you going to say that you work as an Agile Coach and you work in software industry? Or you simply will say that you are in the business of helping people in becoming better persons?
“Help people and they will help you back”
All the best,
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