Agile Coaching and Trust - Jack Harding of Signal Cafe talks in this episode to Allison Pollard about the components of successful agile coaching, including the importance of trust, coaching to your strengths, and getting back to the basics of agile.

Signal Cafe podcast

Key takeaways from Jack and Allison’s conversation:

  1. Trust changes everything.

  2. Coach to your Strengths. There are so many different skills that help agile leaders add value. Scrum Masters and coaches should play to their own strengths (rather than emulating others) in order to maximize their impact and value.

  3. Input – not just feedback. Make sure to get input from stakeholders before (not just feedback after) implementing new practices and capabilities.


Allison Pollard and Noreen Emanuel sat down for a chat with Chris Murman about their mentor-mentee relationship as part of the Agile Amped podcast. As an external Agile Coach, Allison was able to act as a “super coach,” and through this symbiotic relationship Noreen has now become a coach herself at her place of work.

Noreen Emanuel, Chris Murman, and Allison Pollard at Agile 2018

Noreen Emanuel, Chris Murman, and Allison Pollard at Agile 2018

Listen to find out how their relationship functions as a partnership. In Allison’s words: “For me it’s like I have a new colleague. I have a new person that has different ideas, their brain works differently, and they have all these great skills, so how do we tap into that together?” Hear concrete examples of how these two found common ground and recommendations for how coaches themselves can hone their skills.

Allison Pollard (@allison_pollard) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss professional agile coaching.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What professional coaching mean

  • How to start the coaching journey

  • The power of self-organizing teams

  • How to avoid inhibiting self-organization when coaching others

Allison Pollard (@allison_pollard) and Barry Forrest (@bforrest30) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss co-presenting at agile conference and advanced team dynamics.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How modes of communication impact team dynamics

  • The importance of co-presenting and the lessons it can bring

  • Why learning communication preferences breeds a stronger culture

In this live episode, recorded on location at the Agile and Beyond conference in 2017, the Agile Uprising podcast tackles the topic of Imposter Syndrome:

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud". The term was coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes. Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. Some studies suggest that impostor syndrome is particularly common among high-achieving women.

~ source: wikipedia

Allison Pollard, Pradeepa Narayanaswamy, Billie Schuttpelz, and Chris Murman have a very honest and vulnerable discussion about the reality of imposter syndrome and how it effects them. Also, how they view imposter syndrome negatively effecting the agile community at large.


Allison Pollard, Leon Sabarsky and Chris Shinkle answer some questions from Keep Austin Agile 2017 attendees. Answers include advice for product owners, how to deal with hecklers at session talks, Agile implementation nightmares, why go to Keep Austin Agile and more!

Howard Sublett hosts this Agile Amped In-Depth audio-only podcast at Keep Austin Agile 2017 in Austin, Texas.

The Be Verdant podcast focuses on stories and lessons of change and transformation as shared by everyday people and business leaders, as well as tools for managing change from practitioners. We provide relatable stories with pragmatic and simple approaches for addressing leadership, organizational and personal change.

In this podcast, Allison shared her story about becoming a Scrum Master and discussed how the tenets of Agile can apply in broader contexts.

People often take it for granted that developers are paying attention to their craft. "Everyone assumes quality is in there," says Mike Rieser, Director of Software Development at Fenway Group. But, as he put it off camera, "technical excellence isn't something you just sprinkle on." Instead, technical excellence is foundational, not something you just add on in the end like some kind of condiment. Allison Pollard, Principal Consultant at Improving, adds that often people think they'll make "improvements" and clean up the code later. "The data becomes apparent... How many defects are escaping with every release? How many defects are getting resolved with every release?" Mike accentuates that, with Agile software development, zero-defect code is a possibility and, often, the general case.

SolutionsIQ's Howard Sublett hosts at Keep Austin Agile 2016.

The Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast is a daily podcast for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches. Host Vasco Duarte asks guests about real-world successes, failures, and learning.