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Topic From November 2008:
Date: Tuesday - November 18, 2008
Topic: Building Your Coaching Skills
Speaker: Johanna Rothman


Building Your Coaching Skills

Coaching is one of the most important—and most difficult—responsibilities of technical people. And the more management responsibilities you have, or the more Agile a team you work with, the more you need to coach. Too often, people struggle and fail when it comes to coaching others to excellence. Sometimes, managers make the mistake of trying to coach someone into performing work in a way that doesn’t fit for that person. Other times, the coaching isn’t explicit about how to perform work in a new and different way.

In this presentation, we will explore four practical steps to help you assess your team members’ skills and recognize when coaching is appropriate. If we’re lucky, you’ll have a chance to try coaching in one way. Bring your most challenging coaching situation and come prepared to practice!

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About the Speaker


Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman helps managers and leaders solve problems and seize opportunities.

She consults, speaks, and writes on managing high-technology product development. She enables managers, teams, and organizations to become more effective by applying her pragmatic approaches to the issues of project management, risk management, and people management.

Johanna publishes The Pragmatic Manager, a monthly email newsletter and podcast, and writes two blogs: Managing Product Development and Hiring Technical People. She is the author of several books:
- 2008 Jolt Productivity award winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management
- Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management (with Esther Derby)
- Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People
- Corrective Action for the Software Industry (with Denise Robitaille).
Her book on project portfolio management will be available in early 2009.

Johanna is also a host and session leader at the Amplifying Your Effectiveness Conference. Find more of Johanna's articles and her blogs at

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