Succeeding with Agile - Mike Cohn's Blog

Impostor Syndrome: Why Some ScrumMasters Feel Like They’re Faking It

Geoff Watts is one of the leading Scrum thinkers in the world, and one of the few to hold both the Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach designation. In addition to his book, "Scrum Mastery: From, From Good To Great Servant-Leadership" Geoff has written a new book, "The Coach's Casebook". His new book is not specifically about Scrum or agile, but since a great deal of a ScrumMaster's job is indeed coaching a team to better performance, I think you'll find the book applicable to your work. In the following guest post, Geoff shares with a story about a feeling I think we can all relate to. I know I've felt the way he describes many times. --Mike Cohn

"One of these days, I'm going to be found out. They will realise I have no idea what I'm talking about and I'll be fired."

Valuing Your Work as an Agile Coach

How should we value our work as agile coaches and consultants? The way I do it is to ask myself if I will have had a positive long-term impact on a team or organization. I’m not particularly interested in short-term impacts. In fact, many coaching engagements could have a negative impact in the short term if I’ve done or suggested anything disruptive.

It would be nice if these changes were always easily and directly...

Mile High Agile Keynote

I'm going to be giving the conference keynote this spring at Mile High Agile  in Denver on April 3, 2015.


I’ll be talking about the importance of being able to let go of some of our firmly held beliefs in order to move on. Here’s the official session title and description. I hope you can join me at this event!...