5 + 1 Questions to... Oana Juncu

Oana Juncu is an agile Business Facilitator and Systemic Constellant. Her experience in Software Development and System Management made her choose Agile as the most effective approach for 21st-century leading organizations focused on quality product creation that matter.

Oana facilitates Agile Business like a DJ: Propose whatever approach from Agile Design Thinking and Lean Startup to neuroscience and storytelling, that will make teams proud of their outcomes and delight their customers.

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Together with Yves Hanoulle (one of our previous guests), Oana created “Coach Retreat”. A Coach Retreat is a day-long event, during which participants choose a kata, a coaching situation, and practice it in small groups multiple times during the day in various techniques. It’s derived from combining two ideas Code Retreat and Coaching Dojo.

Since 2018, Oana works on the topic of collective fears and the importance to name them. Anyone involved in a transformation will know the fear of the unknown. Naming the fear and deal with it is truly needed to reach the desired outcome of the transformation. Check her webinar: “Fear and Leadership : Transform our collective fears to transform business” to find out more about dealing with fear.

She spoke on various international events like AgileIndia, Agile Manchester, Agile Tour and is very active in the Agile community.

1. What is Agile or the Agile Mindset for you?

Agile is for me a systemic approach that allows us to reach desired outcomes in a reality, recognized to be uncertain and complex. Agile Mindset is mainly the growth mindset, as defined by Carol Dweck, a learner mindset. Its main characteristics are open curiosity, continuous learning, lack of judgment and nurturing psychological safety. 

2. What’s your favorite tool or method you use during your coaching?

I don’t have any favorite tools, I like to call myself an Agile DJ, mixing various practices. I think people need to be proud of their outcomes, and customer delight is a source of this pride. Therefore I support all tools around UX and Design Thinking form a product development perspective. From a coaching perspective, I like positive thinking approaches like Appreciative Inquiry and Solution-Focused, and systemic coaching based on Collective intelligence like the Art of Hosting, Sociocracy, Open Space Technology… I think any debate on what technology to use is irrelevant.

3. What book or website would you recommend?

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This question is too generic for me to give a quality answer. I think I could recommend 100+ books, it really depends on what for, and to whom are these books to be recommended. For beginners in Agile, I always recommend Henrik Kniberg, “Scrum and XP from the trenches”. Jeff Patton, Peter Senge, Peter Lencioni, Brenée Brown, Carol Dweck, Andy Hut, Gojko Adjzic are some of the many valuable authors. 

4. What is essential for you during an Agile transformation?

The commitment of anyone involved in personal transformation, despite the uncomfortable journey that maybe, along with the creation of space for “radical” collaboration, ie inclusion of a diversity of opinions. 

5. What is 1 Aspect of coaching Agile teams you like the most?

See people grow and discover new perspectives of both their own potential and of the huge richness of Agile team dynamics. 

+1. How do you use the Innovation Games in your coaching and training?

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