Fan Mail

This is where people who want to say something great about Lyssa’s training and coaching/mentoring come to leave their thoughts.  Feel free to add your comments, should you be so moved.

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Courtney Kauzens March 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Lyssa – I want to thank you again for such a wonderful experience in your Coaching Agile Teams workshop – I found you and Michael to be very inspirational and I not only walked away with SO much information, but I truly believe I have a new attitude and approach that will hopefully allow me and my team to be much more successful with our Scrum implementation!

Giuseppe De Simone March 1, 2011 at 5:36 am

I attended Coaching Agile Teams – Course I a couple of weeks ago and I must say that Lyssa and Michael were simply great, both as coaches and as trainers by handling a very demanding audience with professionalism and openness.
I liked the fact that the course was really interactive, with a lot of chances to share views with others and practice things.
I don’t complain about the fact that there was not so much theory,
since I can read theory on the book anyway: did not need to go to Berlin for being read slides.
I also liked the introspective parts of the course, encouraging for improving ourselves as coaches: I normally like such chances of stop doing the daily work and see things a bit more in perspective.
One key learning I would like to share was one reflection that hit me particularly: coaching is all about coachee’s agenda, Agile coaching is also
about the coach’s agenda in terms of spreading Agile values and contributing to change our organization.
As we all experience, being a coach is hard job: thank you Lyssa and Michael for having inspired me to be a better Agile coach… all the time.

Eva Gysling November 27, 2010 at 6:38 am

Dear Lyssa

First of all I am very excited about all the coaching you do and especially about the book you wrote.

At the moment I am part of a coaching circle which is led by Bachan. Unfortunately, in this case, I am living in Switzerland, Europe, far away from Bachan’s home. So, the Skype sessions take part when it is 3 o’clock or even 4 o’clock in the night here. That’s why I cannot take part in the online sessions. I hope to contribute to the discussed problems by e-mail. But some times it is really very difficult.

Bachan seems to be one of your greatest fans :-)

I am very happy that you come to Europe in February. So for me it is an absolute MUST to take part in your workshop in Berlin (17. – 18.02.2011) :-)

At the moment I am working as a Scrum Master, but I should and would start working as a coach of our SMs and POs who do not have much experience by now. This will be a new task but I am very keen on starting in this direction.

I am looking forward very much to meeting you in February in Berlin :-)

Up to then, I wish you all the best and have great holidays and take care.

Warmest regards
yours Eva

Ted St. Clair November 4, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I just completed the Coaching Agile Teams: Course 1 in San Francisco. I can’t express enough how much I appreciated all the information that was shared. Not only did Lyssa honor her book in the course she also added great examples that brought home the message and techniques even more. I greatly appreciated her ability to correlate her techniques to real world scenarios that provided insight on how to scale across organizations at enterprise level.

The next day after class I participated in my Team’s Retrospective and Planning sessions. Unfortuantely, due to the prior Sprint not going as well the Team would have liked, we addressed a number of challenging subjects. I received feeback that it was one of the best we’ve ever had. The Team attributed our collective success to the energy I brought back from the course and I couldn’t agree more. Great class.

Del Hager October 18, 2010 at 8:50 am

The agile coaches circle has really been helpful to me. Working with Lyssa and other agile coaches has been an encouragement when going through difficult situations in coaching. Having a group of peers to work with has proved helpful in getting another perspective on the issues that are faced in adopting Agile in a large enterprise.

Lyssa does a great job of coaching the team so we can improve our coaching skills. She leads by example which is a very effective ways to coach.

Karen Greaves October 15, 2010 at 2:15 am

I joined one of Lyssa’s coaching circles earlier this year, and we’ve kept it going because the learnings have been so rich.
Agile coaching is hard, and often it is difficult to find peers with the same level of dedication to improvement in your own organisation. Lyssa’s circle has exposed me to a group of peers to share my learnings with and to learn from them. I think that a large amount of the growth I have experienced as a coach this year, has been sparked by this circle.
I am also constantly amazed by Lyssa’s expert facilitation skills, and the safe space she manages to create telephonically. Observing her in action, helps me understand the kind of behaviour I need to model as a coach. I highly recommend her coaching circles to anyone looking to grow as a coach and a person. Another great thing is that you can join from anywhere in the world. I am thrilled to have access to such an awesome coach, all the way down here in South Africa!

Kathy Aragon August 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

I just completed a coaching circle with Lyssa and 5 others. We started in May and had six (I think!) hour and 1/2 telephone discussions regarding agile coaching. It was very helpful to me as a newbie SM and coach; there were rich insights, observations, and suggestions. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

Ryan Fullmer August 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I recently completed the Coaching Agile Teams class in Boston. Lyssa did a excellent job presenting the material, facilitating the exercises, and creating a supportive and fun environment to learn and grow. Lyssa helped us tackle real-world problems and build our personal backlogs for continued learning after the class. I found the two-days very rewarding and have already applied techniques learned in the class with my team. I plan on taking the second part to this training. I highly recommend this class to Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches!

Richard Marks August 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I had the privilege of participating in a 1.5 hour coaching circle that Lyssa led, followed by her book signing and presentation to a large group. Lyssa models a much needed synthesis of practical, nuts and bolts experience with Agile teams, bolstered by her wisdom and huge heart. Her contributions to the fields of Agile and Scrum are much needed, given the importance of the human aspects of technology teams. I heartily recommend Lyssa’s work and her books to all Agile coaches and teams.

Karen Turner July 30, 2010 at 10:35 am

Lyssa did a great job teaching an agile coaching class on Boston this week. She aligned the material to the class needs. She was able to address many real work issues presented by the class in her examples. Many of the techniques were demonstrated using interactive exercises that kept the class fun. I highly encourage SCRUM masters and coaches to take this class to learn/hone skills. I look forward to part 2!

William Fraker June 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Congratulations on your new book; information on Coaching Agile Teams was passed around last evening at Agile Richmond.

Cliff Depreytere June 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Recently took the Certified ScrumMaster class by Lyssa Adkins.
It was a great experience being a student in her class, the atmosphere, the vibe, the class itself and the course material were stunning!
Her sessions are something special, it’s nothing near a dull theoretical display of knowledge but it’s a nicely paced course full of interaction and pro activitity.
Everyone thinking of learning about Scrum, Lyssa should definitely be the source to go to.
The practical excercises Lyssa puts the class through are a must do for everyone who wants to work and learn more about Scrum.

Valerie Morris, Agile Coach June 8, 2010 at 12:17 am

Your book is amazing! I have been anxiously awaiting it’s arrival.  I was in a couple of your sessions at Agile 2008.  Your “human” approach to agile is amazing.  Thank you for the gift of your insight and wisdom.

Gerry Kirk, Agile Coach March 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Lyssa has been my personal mentor and now life coach for the past year. I chose Lyssa initially for her depth of knowledge and her people skills. We started with practical learning, then moved on to major life transformations, and I am so grateful for it. I see in her incredible humility, compassion and ability to tackle the human dynamics of people trying to work together, a rare gem. It excites me that through her book more light is being cast on this treasure within the Agile community.

Lisa Morgan March 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Congratulations on your book, Lyssa! I get my technical books through Safari Books Online, but I am so going to get this one in print just so I can get your autograph! I am so happy to see you sharing your success in coaching Agile teams with the rest of the world. Good luck!

Allison Weiss March 8, 2010 at 11:35 am

I have learned so much with all my interactions with Lyssa, from my first view of her youtube videos, through Agile Conference sessions and finally in our own little coaching circle. All I can say is I hope to continue learning from her for the duration! She is truly a harbinger of the radical.

David Chilcott February 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Lyssa ROCKED my world! I’m hard pressed to describe how useful and important my coaching work with her has been. Challenging, heartfelt, effective, an invitation to depth, to clarity and with companionship in the inquiry. I particularly appreciate her skill at being present and transparent about her own process while staying focused on being of service. In case it’s not completely obvious this is a HEARTY recommendation!

Chris Adams February 15, 2010 at 9:59 am

Lyssa is an excellent teacher. Having just taken the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) class with her I can honestly say I learned more in 2 days than I have in any 5 day technology class I’ve attended in my long career. She is highly knowledgeable, engaging, and ‘present’ in a way that is hard to describe but most satisfying to experience. Even if you need to travel to take a class with her, do it!

Bachan Anand January 26, 2010 at 9:02 am

Lyssa is great coach and a mentor and her passion for agile and specifically how coaching and training in agile is a joy to be part of and watch. Her knowledge and belief is agile principles is very deep and I would recommend and it would recommend her scrum master training if you get a chance. Hey “Navigating Conflict/The AWE Factor” keynote at the 2009 ADP conference in Orlando was inspiration and gives a very fresh perspective on how to navigate conflict in any organization. I would recommend Lyssa’s coaching and mentoring services for leaders in any organization that is adopting agile and embracing organizational changes.

Craig Jones January 21, 2010 at 10:46 am

I’m ecstatic over how much I got out of Lyssa’s 2-day course. Lyssa’s approach inspired numerous Aha! moments, particularly in the coaching aspects of being a ScrumMaster. I was already practicing XP/Agile, but I was self-taught. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to take the official training as I’m certain it will up my game two-fold, at least. The fact that Lyssa was able to add her unique insights from the coaching angle added that much more.

Donald Lynskey, IT Consultant September 15, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Lyssa was one of two instructors at a two-day class focused on the role of the Product Owner in Agile with Scrum for employees at AAA Northern CA, NV, UT [formerly CSAA]. The company and I are both new to Agile and Scrum and Lyssa’s in-depth knowledge of the subject matter was helpful in bridging the gap between old and new ways of approaching software software development. Lyssa’s years of working projects using waterfall or Agile methods helped me begin to map the similarities and differences between the two approaches. I also found Lyssa to be one of those rare people who have excellent depth and breadth of knowledge in a subject matter area and are able to teach it well. The training, a combination of teaching the concepts then modeling how they are applied, was among the best I have had. I’m still learning and enhancing my knowledge of the subject matter by following up on links to various sources provided by Lyssa including her own Cricketwing Consulting web site, where her passion for the subject shows and is a useful addition to my Agile with Scrum references. I’d recommend Lyssa to anyone who wants to effectively learn to apply Agile with Scrum methods.

Vani Yadla, Senior Business Manager August 28, 2008 at 9:45 am

I was the product owner for a website development project for which Lyssa was the team’s agile coach. She also coached an apprentice agile coach for the team. This agile team was formed for the first time when the web development got kicked off. Lyssa has done a great job at laying out a strong foundation to practice agile principles in the team. She had set a great example for the team by being truly open to ideas, pushing the team on creative problem solving and by being transparent. She definitely had put me in the driver’s seat on that project to decide the scope of work handled by the team at any given time. She played a critical role in building this team and in launching the first version of the website. Without her being on the team, it would have been extremely difficult to make it to that first launch on time. In summary Lyssa is a great agile coach. I highly recommend her as the agile coach or coach of agile coaches.

Robyn Young, PMP August 26, 2008 at 3:15 pm

I recently attended Lyssa’s Introduction to Scrum class. Lyssa’s presentation style was dynamic, interactive, and creative. Lyssa’s ability to use her varied and real-life experiences truly brought the material she presented to life. The exercises she utilized expanded on and reinforced the concepts Lyssa covered. After participating in Lyssa’s class, I feel that I have an excellent foundation upon which to build and am excited to incorporate Agile tenets into my projects and to initiate our first Scrum effort.

Ellen Braun, Director November 28, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Lyssa was successful in the role of ‘coach of coaches’ for her recent engagement. Through her guidance of a coach on my team and her advise to me, Lyssa was able to help develop a highly effective SCRUM coach. As a consequence, our coarch was able to guide an already successful process/project team through a step change to high performance team. I’ve seen Lyssa function in a variety of roles during this engagement and a prior engagement … Working with a leadership team in Recoveries that was open to learnings from Agile methods, Lyssa was successful on three levels: (1) coaching a team delivering on a particularly difficult and time-bound IT/ business process redesigning project, (2) guiding customers and stakeholders of the effort to set the team up for success, and (3) influencing leadership to absorb and act on insights that Agile methods exposed during the project outside the boundaries of the team. Overall, the project was a terrific success, delivering critical capabilities more than 50% earlier than projected best case based on detailed phased planning. And, team members, customers, stakeholders and department leadership gained valuable experience; many were converted into Agile advocates by their experience on the project.

April Johnson, Sr Project Manager October 31, 2007 at 3:50 pm

Lyssa guided the Compliance organization through our implementation of Scrum, and mentored me as I learned to coach Agile teams. Her sensitivity to people’s needs combined with her ability to quickly comprehend the business environment were vital to the success of the team we stood up together. Lyssa’s clear, simple, value-oriented explanations also helped the teams she worked with to understand and own their own work. Beyond these great tangible results, though, Lyssa has been an agent for positive human change. Her insight has shaped me, and the members of my team, into better, more aware people.

Beverly Johnson, Sr. Project Manager October 26, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Lyssa was my mentor coach (extraordinaire) for Agile coach certification… She did a particularly good job at helping me through the transition from a traditional project management mindset to an Agile one, not only the paradigm shift that occurred in my own behaviors and expectations, but also that of the organization around me. She helped set me on a track to make the changes needed in our organization that would enable Agile, and me, to succeed.

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