Ask Me Anything: Coaching


(Heather) #1

Tonight we had the wonderful Toby Sinclair for an Ask Me Anything about Coaching.

We have some posts on the Club already about Coaching:

I often think of questions after an event once I’ve mulled things over. Do you have any questions about coaching that you didn’t get to ask tonight?


Ask Me Anything: Quality Engineering
Reading or books about mentoring / coaching?
(Heather) #2

Some great resources mentioned in the AMA:

Sketch notes from Dan Barrow


(Philip) #3

I’m really happy Toby made it clear that you shouldn’t be the ultimate tester and constantly exploring new techniques, tools, etc … unless you want to be a great mentor. A tennis coach is not a better tennis player than his coachee.
I’m convinced that the world of coaching is another world. Helping a developer create something great by navigating him to the goal requires technical skills and techniques and great insight in how computers work. Helping a tester/developer achieve a personal goal (e.g overcome the fear to speak in public) requires a different set of skills and great insight in how the human mind works. For me becoming a coach, feels as if I’m going from controlling and steering logical things, such as computers and software, to a much bigger challenge in trying to do that with much less logical “things” such as people and their personal development. I still have lots of exploring to do in that world and this AMA boosted my enthusiasm.


(Heather) #4

The video is now live on the Dojo :slight_smile: