I attended the Agile Coaches Gathering last weekend at Bletchley Park. All in all, it was a great day andI learned a lot.
Bletchley Park was home to thousands of people intent on breaking military codes during the Second World War. It is in danger of falling into disrepair. This wasn’t helped with the announcement from the House of Lords rejecting calls for more funding. The IEEE plaque sums up why Bletchley Park is so important; “on this site during the 1939-45 World War, 12,000 men and women broke the German Lorenz and Enigma ciphers, as well as the Japanese and Italian codes and ciphers. They used innovative mathematical analysis and were assisted by two computing machines deleveloped here by teams led by Alan Turing: the electro-mechanical Bombe developed with Gordon Welchman, and the electronic Colossus designed by Tommy Flowers. These acievements greatly shortened the war, thereby saving countless lives.”
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I facilitated two sessions at the gathering. The first session was on the theme of “Does smaller and more often have a limit?”. We discussed whether the trend from larger, longer pieces of work to smaller pieces of work delivered more often had a limit and where we are currently with regard to this.
The second session I ran was titled “Why do we coach?”. We explored what motivates people to coach by repeatedly asking why? I captured a mindmap below. Sorry for the quality, hopefully somebody will post a better quality image on the ACG website. Thanks to Xavier Quesada Allue for the images.