“No matter what the problem is,
it’s always a people problem“
(Gerald M. Weinberg)
“No matter what the problem is, it’s always a people problem”
(Gerald M. Weinberg)
Passionate catalysts of business agility and winning teams
What is an Agile Coach?
For organisations, teams, managers and leaders who seek to create a productive, empowered, high performing and adaptable culture, the Agile Coach is a catalyst, change agent and servant leader who provides professional coaching, facilitation, teaching and mentoring to help organisations realise their goals and achieve excellent results.
The Agile Coach lives by, and works through Agile values, principles and practices. They aim to reduce client dependency. Agile Coaches drive results by focusing on developing the capabilities of the people and teams over optimising for immediate, short-term results.
What do you need to be outstanding?
The Coach is a neutral partner supporting teams in their journey to nurture more intentional relationships both internally and with key stakeholders. He or she helps them clarify and achieve their mission, fosters continuous improvement by challenging the team to reflect and adapt their processes and practices as they become more mature.
The Agile Coach works with senior leaders to create alignment, increase awareness of impediments to teams’ improved performance, and eliminate internal barriers to enable more effective communication and collaboration across departments and functions.
An excellent Agile Coach is able to offer the right balance between challenge and support, and switch appropriately between coaching, facilitation, teaching and mentoring, depending on the situation and maturity of the team.
A Coach brings clarity and creates awareness on:
- what needs to be achieved, clarifying values, mission, business goals;
- how will we know we achieved it, helping identify success criteria;
- how we need to collaborate to achieve it, creating opportunities for creativity and collaborative effort;
- what is standing in the way to achieve it, uncovering patterns or impediments towards an improved performance;
- how we minimise the impact of obstacles that cannot be removed, helping teams find alternative ways around what cannot be changed and is hindering success;
- what we have learned so far that needs to change and improve, introducing a regular habit of experimenting, inspecting and adapting.
What is the journey of an Agile Coach and why should you start yours?
In order to excel as an Agile Coach, you need to be able to master the four stances of teacher, mentor, facilitator and professional coach. This mission is not easy if you are not equipped with a heavy toolbox of techniques that can come handy in the multiple scenarios you will have to handle. We can help you shape your own style by learning and practising, listening to real life examples, sharing your experience with your peers to get new insights.
Many Agile Coaches are unaware of the impact they can make by acquiring or strengthening professional coaching skills. They tend to be teachers or mentors, sometimes facilitators, and do not create sustainable change for the teams and organisations they work with. Professional Coaching is key to boost your career as an Agile Coach and maximise the impact you can make.
Are you already an excellent Agile Coach? Whynot get certified with Scrum Alliance? We can support you in your journey to become a Certified Team Coach and a Certified Enterprise Coach.
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Not an Agile Coach yet and wanting to get the most out of your Scrum Teams? Here is what you need to be outstanding!
The Scrum Master is an essential role in a Scrum Team because he or she is the guardian of the Scrum process. A Scrum Master lives and breathes Agile values and principles with a mission to create a winning team that understands its purpose and what stakeholders demand. S/he works creatively and collaborates effectively to achieve the product vision and continuously inspects and adapts processes, so they are more and more functional to the team itself.
In order to be outstanding, you need to be able to distinguish content vs process and support your team(s) to achieve the desired outcomes in every Scrum Event. You understand and are able to switch between facilitating, mentoring, teaching and coaching and choose the right stance when you are in action.
You will be focused on people: you will understand the complex dynamics that influence the life of a Scrum Team and will be able to positively influence them, in order to make them more effective in creating a safe and collaborative environment.
What is the journey of a Scrum Master and why should you start yours?
The Scrum Alliance certification path is a structured approach to elevate your knowledge and skills as a Scrum Master. You will gain the skills required to navigate and orient an Agile Transformation in your organisation. You will learn how to be a catalyst of effective and sustainable change, and grow your teams towards high value delivery. It will bring you closer to being a multi-team coach and advance your career towards the Agile Coach role.