Gayatri D Kalyanaraman - Is there a possibility to use a self paced tool to manage change and aid towards coaching and sustain transformation?

What is the background situation/context for your probe?

I am an agile evangelist who's tried to use knowledge in technology to coach teams and organizations in improving their agility. My focus has been in the teams and leadership. Within teams after a few changes and coaching, the change that we bring in sustains for a long period of time if there are minimal anti-patterns introduced by the ecosystem. 

Breakthrough Changes and transformations do need a change agent to facilitate the change. I have seen it very successful when the change agents work in an independent unit to manage the transformation. 

There is a lot of focus on executive leaders and teams during the transformation. There has been less focus towards the middle management as well as enablers for teams after the transformation has been stabilised.

What is (or has been) your hypothesis?

My hypothesis is that a self-coaching instrument would enable change stay in Teams. For leadership coaching, self-coaching instrument is vital to understand their own blind spots and seek feedback.

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

I have used a self-assessment with a scale of 1 to 10 to assess some of the principles and practices that individuals and teams are present and create an action plan to improve those areas. It has helped teams sustain the practices.

I want to extend this tool for leadership to use the self-coaching instrument. I will know if this tool is successful if I gain a feedback of more 80% with my coachees within 45 days of rolling it out.

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

I would like to explore the technique of how the data / analytics teams are organising themselves and what are the learnings from such transformation programs. 


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.)