A dōjō (道場) is a hall or space for immersive learning or meditation. This is traditionally in the field of martial arts, but has been seen increasingly in other fields, such as meditation and software development (and now also Agile Coaching!).

It will be a space for the immersive practice of coaching. Imagine a place where you can come and try out new coaching techniques, get feedback, give feedback and learn from your successes and failures? This is what coaching dōjō is about!

Coaching is one of the four main skills of every Agile Coach (along mentoring, teaching and facilitating) and for many of us coaching is the hardest skill to master. Way too often we go back to the mentoring mode, giving pieces of advice and sharing our points of view. Guess what, asking questions and giving space to reflect and come up with actions is hard, it's extremely hard! That's why we want to create a space for deliberate practice of coaching.

The coaching dōjō will be very to the Code Katas exercises knows from the software development world. We will come together, work in groups of 3s, one person will be a coach, one will be a coachee and one will be an observer. We will run 3 rounds of 10-15 minutes coaching so everyone will get a chance to be a coach. At the end of the round, the coach will hear feedback from the coachee and from the observer. In every session (this will be the 1st one) we will work with different challenges and/or different coaching techniques.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Below is the proposed structure of the workshop:

00:00 - 00:05 Welcome, introduction and purpose of the workshop

00:05 - 00:10 Guiding principles for the workshop. The success of this workshop depends a lot on the feedback we give and receive and on the willingness to make mistakes and learn. We will spend few minutes to make sure that everyone understands the guiding principles for this session.

00:10 - 00:15 Why Coaching dojo and the time for deliberate practice is important? We will look at the examples of professional sportsmen and musicians who spend a lot of time on practice so that they can use the proficiency of their skills, the muscle memory and confidence when they perform. This will help us understand why time dedicated for deliberate practice, outside of the work pressure, is important.

00:15 - 00:25 Explanation of the main roles (seeker/client, coach, observer) and the structure of the dojo.

00:25 - 00:30 Introduction of the challenge and an example

00:30 - 1:20 The main practice part - 3 rounds of coaching, so that everyone gets a chance to practice coaching and receive the feedback.

1:20 - 1:30 Reflection time. We will get together to reflect on our learnings, on the experience and to appreciate all the feedback we received.

Learning Outcome

- Practice the professional coaching skills which are part of the Agile Coaching Competency Framework.

- Practice active listening without judgement and giving anwsers.

- Practice using powerful questions to help the coachee explore the problem space.

- Practice giving and receiving feedback

- Understand the concepts of a dojo and why the time for deliberate practice is important (in agile coaching but also in a more general context)

Target Audience

Agile Coaches, Scrum Master, Leaders, Managers, Change Leads, Executives, Team Facilitators

Prerequisites for Attendees

The participants should be familiar with the Agile Coaching Competency Framework from the Agile Coaching Institute. Participants should also understand the differences between 4 main competencies from the framework: coaching, mentoring, teaching, facilitation. In this workshop we will not discuss the difference, instead we will go straight into the coaching skills so understanding the differences is important.

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