What is the background situation/context for your probe?

In a rapidly changing technology world, it becomes of paramount importance for every knowledge worker to stay abreast of the changes and updates. As individuals we are guided by our own interests to specific types of technology and management studies. In the past few years, I have been researching on the entire concept of stakeholder engagement in project management. As much as managing the team and the resources is necessary, so is, managing all the stakeholders. Yet there are no specific frameworks across industries and sectors which can help guide middle level project managers to engage with stakeholders effectively. Coaching therefore is perceived as an important tool to guide and direct the project leaders/managers to navigate their way through the complex ways of engaging with stakeholders. As the demand for large scale implementations rises, complexity of the engagement increases. There is a need to understand and analyze the specifics of stakeholder engagement through the eyes of a coach. The coach is at the center of the agile project universe, which is a paradigm shift from the project manager being at the center in the predictive methods.

What is (or has been) your hypothesis?

H1 - Effective engagement of stakeholders contributes to project success
H2 - Enhanced interpersonal skills are directly related to better engagement of stakeholders
H3 - Coaching can help improve the interpersonal skills of project managers and scrum masters



What is the experiment you would like to run (or you have run) and how can this experiment validate or invalidate your hypothesis?

Create a qualitative survey to tap into the experiences of project managers and scrum masters
Probe into the benefits derived from coaching
Categorize skills into seven out of nine different skills refer the SHRM competency model

Understand the various inputs received by the two groups
Compare results and establish the hypotheses


Is there a specific skill/technique you would like to learn/explore at this coach camp?

I would like to understand how my research study will be beneficial to the coaches. I would like to understand from the coaches to refine the parameters of the study and focus on those which are essential to the effective engagement of stakeholders. I would like to hear from the coaches on their experiences with the two groups and suggest how questions can be different or similar for the two groups.

Call for Papers CLOSED
Ended on Jan 25 '20 05:29 AM IST

Interested in attending the Agile Coach Camp on Oct 11th in Bengaluru? Read on...

It's been 12 Years and almost 110 viral Agile Coach Camps since our very first coach camp experiment. This year, Coach Camp co-creator Naresh Jain along with Jutta Eckstein and John Buck will lead participants in this Coach Camp in Bangalore, organized as part of the Agile India 2020 Conference.

Coach Camp Theme

As a coach, you're often the one who needs to drive and sustain change. Yet, how do you do this? What has helped and hindered you doing so and how can you best pass your experience on to other coaches or how can you best learn from other coaches?

This is the theme for this year's coach camp. To tackle this challenge, we invite you to try something new:

  • Currently, we face the following situation: Constantly driving change is getting more and more important for companies to survive in this VUCA world. At the same time, it is (or should be) the core skill of every coach – no matter if you coach individuals, teams, or organisations. However, sometimes it seems every coach has to come up with her own experience on how to drive change successfully.
  • Our hypothesis is that for driving change, every coach uses so-called probes, that are defined by small, safe-to-fail experiments based on hypotheses derived from reflection on the current situation as well as on theory. So, probing allows discovering (based on the hypothesis) what's working and what is not through one or several experiments. This allows to make sense of both the current situation but even more important of the situation we are aiming for. And if we create a knowledge base of our collective wisdom on probes we used (or intend to use) we can learn from each other.
  • Therefore, as an experiment we want to invite this year's coach camp participants to jointly discover, share, create, improve, and finally publish probes that help(ed) driving and sustaining change. As in a typical coach camp, we will use the Open Space format to explore different topics for driving change and we invite you to use probes to focus the discussions on these different topics. We anticipate as a result that the discovered and created probes will provide a foundation for such a knowledge base.

Registering for the Coach Camp

The coach camp is free of charge (financially) yet, for registration we ask you for the following:

  • Please click on the Add Paper button and submit your position paper. In your position paper, you will be asked to share an idea for a probe, consisting of a background situation (context), a hypothesis, and an experiment. This can be a probe you've implemented before, one you've discovered/heard of others implementing it, or you intend to implement. The probe should focus on the coach camp's theme: Driving Change.
  • The discussed probes provide a basis for a free and publicly accessible knowledge base.

Final Note

Please note, we want to invite you to use probes for the discussion and recording of the Open Space sessions. This is by no means an enforcement. We are well aware that there might be situations where probes are not the right means for discussing or/and recording a particular topic - and that is of course fine. After all, using probes for this coach camp is a probe in itself (and we are open to possibly invalidate our hypothesis.)