location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 19th 10:30 - 11:15 AM IST place Grand Ball Room 1 people 132 Interested

Is it coaching that’s really needed to help teams transform to an Agile way of working? Or does pragmatic and experienced leadership work better? Is there any other way to upskill a team and change the way they work?

What’s the best coaching style to use especially when the teams are completely ‘green’? The ‘what do you think?’ approach, used in ‘life coaching’ models don’t always work out well, especially with highly resistive teams.

Based on 15 years of coaching teams, executives, transformations and teams of coaches, this talk will outline my key experiences and learnings in the area of Agility transformations.

In this candid talk, I’ll share techniques that have worked wonders and those that have been absolute disasters. I will address how to handle IT teams and how business operations teams can be different and may need a different approach.

I will also cover how to scale coaching. For many large companies, even if they hire every single coach in the country it won’t be sufficient, so how could they keep up the transformation momentum?

I will talk about the malaise in our industry with regard to the quality of coaches and how to select good coaches, be a great coach and avoid being a coach crutch.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

I will start with the purpose of having coaches and the history of how the role was formed.

I will then talk about the various coaching models and also the various roles that ‘coaches’ have to play.

I will then cover coaching styles and relate it them to target groups thus providing a choice matrix that could be useful

How to scale coaching will follow.

Finally, I will cover how to spot a good coach and what you should do if you want to be a great one

Learning Outcome

Attendees would learn the following:

  • What’s the purpose of coaching
  • What are the alternatives to coaching to upskill teams in the Agile way of working?
  • What roles should a coach play?
  • How to match coaching style to team type?
  • How to scale coaching when there are not enough coaches?
  • How to hire great coaches?
  • How to be a great coach?

Target Audience

• All Agile coaches, champions and scrum masters • Budding Agile coaches • All Agile transformation team members • Project and change managers • Agile practitioners

Prerequisites for Attendees

They should have an idea of what Agile is all about.



schedule Submitted 3 years ago

  • Phil Abernathy

    Phil Abernathy - How to successfully craft a business agility transformation?

    45 Mins

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    • Why would you even want to transform and why is Business Agility one of the most popular options today?
    • Once you’ve decided to transform, where do you start and how to plan and set up the transformation for success?
    • What are the parts of a business or organization that need to be transformed? Think of the 3 ‘S’s – Structure, Systems, and Style.
    • What is the target transformation state?
    • How do you manage the transformation and tackle the issue of scale?
    • What to do when the organizational antibodies come for you?
    • What does success look like and how do you measure it?
    • When should you stop and get the hell out?

    A talk filled with real-world stories and ‘too funny to be true’ incidents that will show you the way, or what to avoid?

  • Fernando Guigou

    Fernando Guigou - Collaborative Boards

    Fernando Guigou
    Fernando Guigou
    Lean Coach
    schedule 3 years ago
    Sold Out!
    45 Mins
    While high performance teams collaborate, make decisions based on evidence and pursue major goals, very often management is still based on hierarchies, competition and self-interest.
    Collaborative Boards is an approach to help organizations to steer autonomous teams through Lean Leadership and mutual help.
    Have you ever wonder, how can organizations steer a myriad of high performant teams? Keeping them aligned while preserving autonomy, engagement and performance is a delicate balance.
    Collaborative Boards are based on Lean principles, Toyota Kata and the experience of practical implementations performed in Munich and Zurich.
    You will learn how to align squads, tribes and a whole organization without the need to depend on individual abilities or soft-skills. Through Collaborative Boards teams can communicate, align goals, get support and thrive.
    To get a feeling about the content and underlying principles, the third video of the series is a good starting point: https://goo.gl/6Zdi7S
  • 20 Mins
    Experience Report

    This experience report shares how ‘Skill the Gap’, a not-for-profit organization, is building the leaders of tomorrow using Agility and thus making sure the next generation have great places to work.

    We are doing this by upskilling ‘first job seekers’ from schools and universities in the core individual, team and leadership skills needed for Agility. This is done globally at scale and at no cost to the participants.

    What do these ‘new collar’ workers need in terms of skills that they are not getting today and how do they get them at no additional cost? We help bridge ‘the gap’ between what schools and universities deliver and what businesses need.

    57% of worldwide leaders say that it’s the soft skills that are more important than core competencies in this dynamic digital world. So, what are these skills and how do we plan to upskill 1 million first-job-seekers in the first 2 years of operations?

    “Team working is an individual skill” and training, coaching and equipping the next generation with these key skills before they enter the work place will enable them to be successful from day one and go on to be great leaders.

    We don’t stop there…we also place them at our sponsor organizations, thus giving them the opportunity, they need to shine. The sponsors enable us to give the students these skills at no financial cost.

    We will share our initial experiences and feedback, the 4 pillars of our curriculum and the 40 micro modules of magic.

    We use ‘training from the back of the room’ techniques, volunteers in 4 continents and a unique curriculum, to embed the learning and couple it with mentoring and coaching to deliver a unique learning experience that is scalable and is being currently rolled out in 6 cities from Miami to Melbourne.

    Check out www.skillthegap.org for more details.