Anna Obukhova

Agile Coach

Agile Teams (B) 2017
Agile Teams (B)
Thursday 10:30 - 11:14

Session type: Lecture
Session level: Intermediate


Virtually all Agile coaching techniques assume that people and teams are in normal physical and mental conditions. And even in such cases introducing the change is difficult and people tend to be resistant to change innovations. And what happens if the team you plan to coach or manage is tired, exhausted or even burned­out? Yes, this might happen because of an ineffective process and you expect that your suggestions will help, but in this state people are not able to hear and follow new ideas. General Agile coaching and facilitation techniques will not work on the tired team or even make things worse. There is a need develop a special set of actions, tailored to work with exhausted people. This includes approaches to project management and people motivation, choosing facilitation techniques that accommodate the level of team overwork. In this talk I will describe what changes when the team is tired, how to estimate the stage of exhaustion. We will discuss what needs to be modified in the coaching and facilitation techniques and in the Agile process that you as a coach or a scrum master can help your worn out team to transition into a better process and produce steady results.



Anna is an Agile Coach working with Agile methodologies since 2004 as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Project/Programme Manager and recently as Agile Portfolio Delivery Manager for a large investment bank in London. Anna is mainly interested in distributed and dispersed projects and effectiveness of team communication in such conditions. Her passion is to collect and share best industry and company practices in Agile management. She helps Agile teams and programmes to improve their processes and implement the transition from Waterfall to Agile in corporate environments (her clients are major banks and very large companies from other industries).

Additionally, Anna Obukhova is using neuroscience and biology to explain Agile productivity and enhance Agile coaching techniques. This perspective of Neuroscience and Agile was agreed to be novel and worth sharing by many conferences, to name a few: ALE Bucharest, Agile Days Moscow, Global Scrum Gathering Paris, Agile Cambridge, Agile Tour London, Agile on the Beach 2017, 2018 (UK), Agile 2017 (Orlando, USA) Agile 2018 (San Diego), Agile Business Conference 2017, 2018 (Moscow), Global Scrum Gathering Dublin, Manage Agile (Berlin), Scrum Gathering Rio.

She uses her educations in Biology, Psychology and Coaching to connect working tips and recommendations with the natural processes that happen in our bodies (especially in the brain). She believes it can explain a lot and she`s very excited how naturally Agile works.


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