location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 19th 10:30 - 11:15 AM place Grand Ball Room 2 people 79 Interested

Agile Coaching is a relatively new discipline and there is a lot of misunderstanding about why coaching is useful, what skills and competencies an agile coach needs to have, how they engage with individuals, teams and organisations and how to tell good coaches from mediocre ones.

As someone who wants to become a coach, what skills and competencies do you need to build? There are training courses, but they are not enough. Becoming an effective coach requires much more than book knowledge, it needs deliberate practice and experience working with individuals and teams.

As someone who is considering engaging a coach, what should you look out for and how do you establish the relationship to ensure the best possible outcomes. How do you create the environment where we can grow your own coaches inside an organisation, what is the pathway to competency for an aspiring coach?

In this talk Shane explores these topics and relates it to his own journey to becoming a recognized expert coach through a competency-based assessment (ICE-AC).


Outline/Structure of the Talk

This talk has been designed using the TBR 4C's approach

  • 5 mins - start with the participants exploring their own experience of agile coaching and discussing what makes a great coach.
  • 10 mins Coaching is a discipline
    • Agile coaching as a subset of coaching
    • Domains of agile coaching
    • Competencies of an agile coach
    • Shu-ha-ri for coaching
  • 5 mins introduce powerful questions
  • 10 mins Practice using powerful questions
  • 10 mins My experience
  • 5 mins Q&A

Learning Outcome

The participants will be able to:

  • Explain that agile coaching is a specialization of the broader coaching discipline
  • Explain the competencies of agile coaching using the ACI coaching framework
  • Describe a pathway to mastery for an agile coach
  • Use powerful questioning in a practice coaching session
  • Relate an example of following a pathway to professional coach certification

Target Audience

agile coaches; aspiring agile coaches; scrum masters

Prerequisites for Attendees

An interest in or curiosity about agile coaching

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  1 year ago
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    Thanks for your proposal Shane. I agree that quite often, the term "coaching" in context of agile is misunderstood and abused. IT makes sense to calibrate it against some yardstick. One thing we often try to do in Agile India is to stay any specific methodology or framework agnostic. I see that you have referred IC-Agile framework. How can we make sure we are no restricting the audience' thinking to just IC=Agile framework (even if that might be the most comprehensive one) and rather encouraging them to think more broadly and develop a personal problem-solving framework to address newer things that they might encounter at work?

    • Shane Hastie
      By Shane Hastie  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Tathagat

      Thanks for the feedback.   

      I deliberately avoid much discussion of ICAgile in the talk - my personal journey is related the the certification pathway I followed but most of the content is deliberately agnostic.

      The ACI Framework I mention is from Lyssa Adkin's book and she has made it freely available in the creative commons - this is pretty much the standard for all agile coaching today.  http://agilecoachinginstitute.com/agile-coaching-resources/ 

      Hopefully this addresses your concerns - feel free to let me know if there is anything else I can answer.

      All the bes


      • Shibu Chacko
        By Shibu Chacko  ~  1 year ago
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        Shane- Can you provide more details on the certification obtained after single day of Agile coaching

        • Shane Hastie
          By Shane Hastie  ~  1 year ago
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          Hi Shibu

          I'm confused - I am not aware of any coaching certification which can be achieved in a single day.  One of the key messages of my talk is that you can't become a competent coach with just a knowledge-based certification; it requires years of deliberate practice.

          All the best