Agile + DevOps East 2019 Concurrent Session : Open Mic: Coaching Up in Your Organization


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Open Mic: Coaching Up in Your Organization

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The term “coaching up” traditionally refers to communication with a supervisor or person above you in the organizational chart. Coaching up strategies can be effective for all levels: Have you ever had a conversation with a boss, product owner, ScrumMaster, or leader that did not go well? Is one of your teammates dropping the ball? Often our instincts tell us to go on the defensive, which may result in the blame game. Instead, when difficult situations happen—or, better yet, when you anticipate them—let superiors know in a polite and helpful manner. They will appreciate your initiative. Jen Wright and Sally Vassalotti will share how to effectively interact with leaders throughout your organization by walking you through real-life scenarios where they have coached up effectively. Try these techniques out in groups and be prepared to share your experiences with us!

GrayHair Software

Jen Wright is an experienced product manager certified in Pragmatic Marketing (PMC-II) and CSPO with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. She has seven years of experience in product management using agile methodologies and has been managing and leading teams for over fifteen years. Jen is skilled in agile testing, technology needs analysis, agile methodologies, project estimation, and customer relationship management. Connect with Jen on LinekdIn.

Sally Vassalotti
GrayHair Software

Sally Vassalotti is a proven leader, results-oriented project manager, and business analyst with over twenty years of experience directing both agile and waterfall project to successful completion. She has strong conceptual thinking, problem-solving, and technical skills, along with the ability to manage multiple teams and projects. Sally is a Certified ScrumMaster in kanban and agile (ICAgile Certified Professional). Connect with Sally on Linkedin.