Jayaram Hegde - Can we Design Adaptive Coaching Agreements through Collaboration Frameworks ?

What is the background situation/context for your probe?

While designing Coaching Agreements need of the hour is to ensure expectations are set clearly, agreed and shared between the involved parties (coach and coachee). This sets everyone up for success by creating a WIN-WIN situation.

During any new coaching engagement, designing Coaching Agreement is the essential element in the coaching journey that sets up the expectation and direction ahead of the involved parties (both Coach and Coachee).

Designing the Coaching Agreement is never an easy and straight forward ask!! Many times Coaches/Coachees miss few of the key elements during Goal setting part (it may be about : challenge to address, options to consider, current state aka as is state check aka etc.). This is normally because Coaching Agreement discussions are not recorded effectively using proper tools/frameworks/techniques.

So common questions that need to be addressed in this context are:

  • How effective is our Coaching model ?
  • How adaptive are we in terms of the approaches to manage Customer needs and challenges ?
  • How are we evaluating the state of our Coaching journey along with our Customers ?
What is (or has been) your hypothesis?

My hypothesis is that –

During our day to day working environment - especially in Agile WoW (irrespective of the frameworks being used) we have lot of opportunities to plan, strategize, brainstorm, innovate and generate ideas. These will always be incomplete without the application of Visualization techniques.

Agileo originators have provided a framework for improving innovation, but there has been a missing piece - Collaborative Frameworks (influenced by Innovation Games ideas) offer ideas, tools & practices to aid the innovation process at its most critical point - product management, particularly visioning & roadmap identification.

Key to innovation is creating collaborative, interactive, visually-oriented, fun, business-driven-environment for people.

Collaboration Frameworks which uses Visualization tools in any forum, help people to inspire creativity, focus and generate a shared vision. Usage of Visualization aid the collaboration between people, generates ideas and thought process by bringing better alignment at work. Being Agile in nature (adaptive, transparent) they are easy for humans to remember in a long run and at the same time less error prone !

In Summary, as per the Neuroscience Visualization tools (principle on which Collaboration Frameworks are based) always assist in better way of strategizing, planning and executing the tasks.

This hypothesis helps people with better management to address complexity and uncertainty in the Coaching journey by employing ADAPTIVE tools.  Collaborative Frameworks provide the necessary tooling support to make the life easy for people working in VUCA world and ensure optimization of Risk.

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

In my earlier work experience,

  • I found people are more engaged, enthusiastic, energetic and collaborative in nature when any key discussions are replaced by Visual metaphor or Collaborative frameworks.
  • Teams & Organizations have been successful to a greater degree to prioritize their organizational initiatives out of available options by better planning, strategy, brainstorming and idea generation techniques.
  • Through these dynamic/adaptive coaching agreements teams & organizations were able to achieve business agility with minimal impact.
  • With the usage of Adaptive tools coaching agreements can be easily manageable and maintainable throughout the journey (irrespective of the timeline)
Is there a specific skill/technique you would like to learn/explore at this coach camp?

I am a firm believer of continuous learning. As I am on continuous journey of explore, understand & learn how beneficial Collaborative Frameworks have been for organization & people, and what differences they are creating to deliver value and sustain in this VUCA world.

Would be curious to learn from other coaches/practitioners/change agents of different culture and take some new learning (for me personally) through other's experiences.

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.)