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#105 - Coaching for Technical Leaders - Bob Galen Tech Lead Journal

    • Technology

“If you want to become a better and more effective leader, then one of your core skills should be coaching skills."

Bob Galen is the President & Principal Agile Coach at RGCG and a prolific writer, blogger, and podcaster. In this episode, Bob and I discussed coaching and leadership from his latest book “Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching”. Bob started by explaining the concepts of agile leadership and agile coaching. He shared about the different coaching stances and why he suggests that coaching is an essential core leadership skill. Bob then went into details to describe the skills to become a good coach, such as asking powerful questions and becoming powerful listeners. Towards the end, Bob shared some tips for coaching up and coaching the middle managers, i.e. coaching the coaches.

Listen out for:


Career Journey - [00:06:39]
Agile Leader - [00:09:17]
Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching - [00:12:35]
Definition of Coaching - [00:15:31]
Coaching as a Leadership Skill - [00:19:44]
Skills to Become a Good Coach - [00:24:00]
Powerful Questions - [00:27:59]
Powerful Listening - [00:33:37]
When to Give Solutions - [00:38:54]
Coaching Up - [00:43:30]
Coaching Middle Managers - [00:48:06]
3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:51:47]

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Bob Galen’s Bio
Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other Agile methods and practices. He is currently President & Principal Consultant at RGCG, LLC.

Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances.

He’s published 3 agile related books: Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching, Scrum Product Ownership, and Agile Reflections. He’s also a prolific writer, blogger, and podcaster.

Follow Bob:


LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobgalen
Twitter – @bobgalen
Personal Website – www.rgalen.com
Website – www.agile-moose.com
Meta-Cast Podcast – www.meta-cast.com



Our Sponsors

The iSAQB® Software Architecture Gathering is the international conference highlight for all those working on solution structures in IT projects: primarily software architects, developers and professionals in quality assurance, but also system analysts who want to communicate better with their developers. A selection of well-known international experts will share their practical knowledge on the most important topics in state-of-the-art software architecture. The conference takes place online from November 14 to 17, 2022, and we have a 15% discount code for you: TLJ_MP_15.


DevTernity 2022 (devternity.com) is the top international software development conference with an emphasis on coding, architecture, and tech leadership skills. The lineup is truly stellar and features many legends of software development like Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin, Kent Beck, Scott Hanselman, Venkat Subramaniam, Kevlin Henney, and many others! The conference takes place online, and we have the 10% discount code for you: AWSM_TLJ.




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“If you want to become a better and more effective leader, then one of your core skills should be coaching skills."

Bob Galen is the President & Principal Agile Coach at RGCG and a prolific writer, blogger, and podcaster. In this episode, Bob and I discussed coaching and leadership from his latest book “Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching”. Bob started by explaining the concepts of agile leadership and agile coaching. He shared about the different coaching stances and why he suggests that coaching is an essential core leadership skill. Bob then went into details to describe the skills to become a good coach, such as asking powerful questions and becoming powerful listeners. Towards the end, Bob shared some tips for coaching up and coaching the middle managers, i.e. coaching the coaches.

Listen out for:


Career Journey - [00:06:39]
Agile Leader - [00:09:17]
Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching - [00:12:35]
Definition of Coaching - [00:15:31]
Coaching as a Leadership Skill - [00:19:44]
Skills to Become a Good Coach - [00:24:00]
Powerful Questions - [00:27:59]
Powerful Listening - [00:33:37]
When to Give Solutions - [00:38:54]
Coaching Up - [00:43:30]
Coaching Middle Managers - [00:48:06]
3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:51:47]

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Bob Galen’s Bio
Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other Agile methods and practices. He is currently President & Principal Consultant at RGCG, LLC.

Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances.

He’s published 3 agile related books: Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching, Scrum Product Ownership, and Agile Reflections. He’s also a prolific writer, blogger, and podcaster.

Follow Bob:


LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobgalen
Twitter – @bobgalen
Personal Website – www.rgalen.com
Website – www.agile-moose.com
Meta-Cast Podcast – www.meta-cast.com



Our Sponsors

The iSAQB® Software Architecture Gathering is the international conference highlight for all those working on solution structures in IT projects: primarily software architects, developers and professionals in quality assurance, but also system analysts who want to communicate better with their developers. A selection of well-known international experts will share their practical knowledge on the most important topics in state-of-the-art software architecture. The conference takes place online from November 14 to 17, 2022, and we have a 15% discount code for you: TLJ_MP_15.


DevTernity 2022 (devternity.com) is the top international software development conference with an emphasis on coding, architecture, and tech leadership skills. The lineup is truly stellar and features many legends of software development like Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin, Kent Beck, Scott Hanselman, Venkat Subramaniam, Kevlin Henney, and many others! The conference takes place online, and we have the 10% discount code for you: AWSM_TLJ.




Like this episode?
Subscribe on your podcast app.
Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
Pledge your support by becoming a patron.
For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/105.

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