Using a value journal to land an agile coaching job

When I was hired on a contract basis to fulfill the brand new role as Agile Coach, I realized that my “coaching” would be difficult to quantify for my manager. Having just read “Coaching Agile Teams,” I decided to follow’s Lyssa’s suggestion of keeping an Accomplishment Log (aka Value Journal).

When my contract was up and my boss and I were discussing my future at the company, he said that although he was very pleased with me, I hadn’t yet “delivered” any real value. I wasn’t daunted. I was able to pull out my log and say to him, “But do you really think we’d be at this good spot in Project X, if I hadn’t had this conversation on this day, resulting in that major change? And the tremendous amount of data we gathered in the 90 minute Retrospective that I designed and ran last week, aren’t we beginning to use that information to accomplish the goals you told me you wanted? And, by the way, didn’t you predict that Retrospectives are usually very short and unproductive?”

I handed him my Accomplishment Log and we discussed how we would measure me, based on my suggestions. We both walked away very satisfied, and I with an extended contract at a better rate, as well as a promise of full time employee status next quarter.

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To learn more about the coach’s value journal start on page 282 of the Coaching Agile Teams book.