location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 16th 12:30 - 12:50 PM place Grand Ballroom 2

In May 2015, I got involved in coaching a products organization in improving their agile practices. This was a unique coaching experience for me because of some interesting experiments that I did:

  • I focused on coaching and literally zero consulting. 
  • My coaching stance was only limited to showing them the way, initially training them on the essence of agility, and later on to simply shine light on areas that needed their attention, and if needed, share ideas from the industry.
  • I spent just 1day every month with the teams to only focus on my coaching sessions, and a few hours during that time to review the progress.
  • The teams and the leadership would decide on what they wanted to do, and how much they wanted to change.

In ~6 months that I coached them, I found that the team has matured to a very high level of self-organization. They changed their process, their key roles and responsibilities, and self-organized into a very high-performing teams (which was corroborated not just from the high-energy levels of their teams but also the project metrics).

I call this model Minimum Viable Coaching, and it was helpful in demonstrating how a coaching could be made extremely effective if there is a client who is willing to trust its team in their ability to self-change, with minimal guidance (more of direction than really support) from an external coach. It also requires a coach to think in terms of minimum self-interests (read commercial interests) but focus on what will make the client successful in the long run.

In this experience report, I will share my approach and experiences, and offer some ideas on how the coaching can be elevated to a true coaching where the enterprise becomes self-organizing on their own.


Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

  • Initial assessment of the organization
  • Engagement approach
  • Results

Learning Outcome

The most important learning outcome of this experience report is that the key to building self-organizing organizations is not by handholding the teams through a top-down change initiative, but by trusting a team's ability to change and by simply providing the right level of minimum coaching that makes the change viable and sustainable.

Target Audience

Agile coaches, leaders, scrum masters


schedule Submitted 5 years ago

  • Susan Gibson
    Susan Gibson
    Co-Founder & CEO
    schedule 5 years ago
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    45 Mins
    Surprisingly, not all enterprises have a vision. And, when you're talking about delivering products & services at scale, not having a vision, or, worse yet, having one that no one knows or believes in, results in chaos, which leads to confusion in the market and ultimately losing customers.
    Susan Gibson (SPCT) has worked with 1000's of change agents to create personal visions, that are then turned into compelling shared visions for their teams, divisions, and institutions. When individuals see themselves in the vision, that's when the enterprise hums. Susan will share stories of how these compelling shared visions gave the enterprises she's worked with the focus they needed to truly delight their customers.
  • Siraj Sirajuddin
    Siraj Sirajuddin
    schedule 5 years ago
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    45 Mins

    Enterprise Agile Transformation initiatives are BIG. Change at this scale of thousands is tough. 

    The Leaders and Executives involved in these initiatives are going through their own personal transformation. Change at this scale of one is equally tough. 

    Siraj Sirajuddin (SPCT) has worked with hundreds of executives leading enterprise agile transformation initiatives. These are their stories of personal growth and individuation. We will hear how transformation at a personal level is the leverage for transformation at a collective level. We will also learn of unique methods that activate personal transformation for leaders who are ready to step into their leader persona but are unable to get that from traditional leadership training and coaching methods.

  • Zainab Bawa

    Zainab Bawa - Building a startup around conversations and communities

    Zainab Bawa
    Zainab Bawa
    schedule 5 years ago
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    45 Mins

    Five years ago, Kiran Jonnalagadda and I started to build HasGeek with the belief that there is need for conversations and communities around more and more focussed technology topics. We were clear that we wanted build technology communities and drill focus in every conference we'd launch under the HasGeek banner.

    We were also determined to build the conferences and business in line with the following principles:

    1. Content is always independent of sales. In other words, sponsors are not entitled to speak by virtue sponsoring at the conference.
    2. Individuals are invited to propose a talk. No one is "invited" to "speak" (neither is proposing a guarantee to speak). All proposers have to go through rigorous scrutiny in order to make it on the stage.
    3. Speakers have to speak about open source technology and ensure there is a concrete takeaway for the audience in terms of insight or practice.
    4. Finally, participants are the primary customers. Sponsors are secondary. Consequently, participants' privacy is key for the conference's goodwill. Their data will not be shared without their permission.

    Five years down and we have been agile and slow in various aspects of organizing conferences and building our business.

    In this talk, we will share what it takes to build a startup in an agile and expedient manner around assets such as goodwill, trust and networks. Goodwill, trust and networks are critical for any startup's success. The key takeaway for the audience is to identify their strategies and practices for building these assets and build a business or community or both in an agile manner. 

  • Tathagat Varma

    Tathagat Varma - Creating awesome value proposition using Value Proposiiton Canvas

    Tathagat Varma
    Tathagat Varma
    Country Manager
    schedule 5 years ago
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    45 Mins

    Most new products and startups fail. The don't fail because the idea is fundamentally bad, or their talent isn't good enough, or they don't have enough funds or resources, but because of essentially prematurely scaling - i.e., without validating the hypothesis adequately, building a cost structure that is not sustainable over long run.

    Customer Development model is the systematic way to discover and validate customers and build a company. Applying the principles of Lean Startups, one can go about validating the business model canvas before running out of money. However, when it comes to value proposition design, there is often a serious misalignment between what customers really want and how we create value for them.

    In this workshop, we will learn how to use Value Proposition Canvas to sketch out and understand those relations better, and make more intelligent hypotheses, that hopefully lead to more successful products and services.

  • Jayaprakash Prabhakar

    Jayaprakash Prabhakar / Naveen Indusekhar / Siraj Sirajuddin - SAFe Experience – A drama, a thriller, an action oriented role-play while in a Train!

    90 Mins


    Bangalore City Management wants to build another Smart City and have a challenge to release on time, frequently, with high quality. In a similar project in the past, they tried few methods (guess them), and nothing worked. Now, they are going to execute the same project using SAFe.

    Movie Synopsis

    A smart city with basic necessities like residential area, School, Hospital, Power Plant, Police Station, Fire Station, Super Market, Museum etc, incrementally. Each of these will be built by a specialized team and will be integrated often, to build the overall city. More importantly the incremental built spaces need to payoff for next increment as early as possible.

    Roles in Offer:

    Multiple High-Delivery Scrum Teams developing the city in parallel, Smart Scrum Masters, Visionary Product Owners, Chief Product Owner, Thinking Release Train Engineer, System Team, Release Team are all going to be part of it


    Everyone attending the session will cast a role, and you get to choose the role you want

    Key Learning of this roleplay

    Key learnings of this roleplay are

    • Integration of city components
    • Architectural runway of city throughout the journey
    • Portfolio backlog converted into program backlog, team and sprint backlog
    • Devops, Release and other teams to contribute
    • WSJF and cost of delay

    Duration: 2 hours

    # Participants: 75-200