Using Agile to Launch and Manage an Agile Coaching Office

You have the Executive buy-in to "go agile", and you even have budget! What a huge and exciting win. The leaders expect to see results - ROI, and quickly. You need a plan. You need to transform a huge number of teams. It can be a daunting task, that is very similar to launching a new product or service. Good thing there is a methodology that helps to deliver value fast! What are your business goals? What is your MVP? How do you build momentum? Are there risks to be mitigated?

What a roller-coaster! We have helped our clients over that initial hump, and would like to share our approach to help attendees create their own. During this workshop, we will guide attendees to draft their approach to establish, define, deploy and scale your agile coaching office. We will share the common, and less common, challenges we have faced that you may want to watch for on your journey.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

Tricia and I have previously led this for the Agile Coaching Exchange:SoCal and Denver's Agile @ Scale Special Interest Group, both ground were very engaged and found the topic valuable. In the past, we have run it as a workshop of 75-90 minutes which is more interactive and invites the audience to discuss and work out for themselves what components are of value to their organization/transformation.

In a 45 minute time-slot, this can run as an experience talk with an invitation to follow up for those interested, but not enough time for any workshop elements (e.g. coaching your sponsor, setting your transformation goals).

We have not shared the slides outside of the talks we have run, but can make them available to reviewers is desired.

Learning Outcome

  • Understand several approaches to launching an Agile Coaching Office, and ultimately the foundation for your agile transformation.
  • Recognize that Agile itself is about making trade-offs. What trade-offs must be made to hold the client's agenda first, helping them to "be" and "do" agile?
  • Evaluate risks and challenges that may lay ahead, and discuss how to mitigate them.
  • For large transformations where it is impossible to coach every team at once, consider how to prioritize teams to move through coaching to maximize overall value to the business
  • Consider how to scale yourself, and your experience, within the organization through Communities of Practice, Mastermind Groups, or similar experience-sharing models

Target Audience

Coaches. Transformation Leaders. Mid-to-Senior Management/Execs considering an Agile Transformation

Prerequisites for Attendees

This session is aimed at coaches, and agile leaders, comfortable with applying agile at the team level.

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • Phillip Manketo
    By Phillip Manketo  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi John, Your abstract does not provide enough information for the speaker committee to make an informed decision. Please provide a deck that you intend to cover during the abridged time-box.  Thanks in advance.  Phillip

    • George Dinwiddie
      By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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      John, Tricia,

      Yes, please do give us more information about the content. We're getting down to the wire on submissions, and would like to give your submission the consideration it deserves.

       - George

      • John Eisenschmidt
        By John Eisenschmidt  ~  1 year ago
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        George thanks for the reminder - since Phillip's comment I learned that Doug Silsbee (Presence-based Coaching) lost his battle to cancer, and spent the weekend crossing the US for his memorial service. I'm sorry I missed you at Coach Camp last weekend in SD, and I am certain this photo of you with the two co-authors from Agile 2017 will neither positively nor negatively impact our chances of being accepted ;)

        https://twitter.com/jeisensc/status/895437905383915520

        Best,

        John

        • George Dinwiddie
          By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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          John,

          I'm very sorry to hear the news about Doug Silsbee. I never met him, but his book The Mindful Coach is one I frequently recommend.

          We lost Jerry Weinberg last week, also.

           - George

          • John Eisenschmidt
            By John Eisenschmidt  ~  1 year ago
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            Hi George,

            Just checking-in to see if all proposals that will be selected have been? The timeline view is blank, I see the early submissions/acceptance, and I see some activity the past few days, but I don't see a disposition.

            Just trying to plan travel and work on my client's transformation in the next few weeks - it's getting close!

            Thanks for all you do,

            John

            • George Dinwiddie
              By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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              John,

              We're in the process of trying to select the program.

               - George

          • John Eisenschmidt
            By John Eisenschmidt  ~  1 year ago
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            Thanks George: it was a beautiful service -- Doug and his wife Walker started a blog (link) when he was diagnosed with cancer, and he lived the last 10 months of his life exactly as he taught and wrote: mindful, present, and transparent. His most recent book, Presence-based Leadership, is equally useful as Mindful Coach. 

            Very sorry to hear about Jerry Weinberg :(

            Best,

            John

    • John Eisenschmidt
      By John Eisenschmidt  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Phillip,

      I have updated the proposal with a link to the slides we used during the last run-through. We would need more time to fine-tune what would be covered in 45 minutes, but if accepted there is plenty of time to do that. Hopefully this gives the speaker committee a better understanding of the content and what we're trying to cover (if not, we could refer you to the organizers of the two user groups we've presented to that might help color in the lines and provide some social proof).

      Thanks,

      John