You won't tell anyone will you? Confessions of a ScrumMaster turned Coach

What do you mean we can be Agile if we aren't doing scrum?

Trent takes you on his personal journey from a Scrummaster to Agile Coach, looking at the key insights and learnings of what it really means to be a coach in a consultants world.

Through this journey you will also look at why numerous agile initiatives are failing, leaving employees and organisations feeling disillusioned; and how we must change our approach to give Agile a new lease of life it so badly desires.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Personal experience and story about Trent's journey, with experiences, insights and learning as he transitioned from ScrumMaster to Agile Executive Coach.

Learning Outcome

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of the differences between ScrumMasters and Coaches.
  • Identify the myths and misconceptions around Development teams, Scrum, ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches.
  • Understand mindsets required for different roles as ScrumMaster and Agile Coach
  • Lots of Large scrum implementations isn't working. We need to change our approach

Target Audience

Anyone interested in understanding more about the difference between ScrumMasters and Coaches

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic understanding of Scrum or ScrumMaster role would be beneficial but not required

schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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