Shane will be presenting the following session
  • Shane Hastie

    Shane Hastie - The Ethics of Agile Coaching

    45 Mins

    Agile Coaching is currently hit and miss – there are no guidelines and standards around what good coaching is and active harm is being done by some unethical coaches. Having a voluntary Code of Conduct will not prevent this from happening but it could raise visibility around what behaviors should be expected of a professional, ethical agile coach.

    In this interactive session Shane presents some ideas around what a Code of Conduct for Agile Coaching could be and draws from the participants areas they feel should be included in such a code.

1. What got you started/interested in Agile?

I used XP with a software development team in 1999/2000 and found that it worked!

I was involved with bringing the thought leaders in the agile space to New Zealand for conferences and to deliver training from 2002. 


2. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by the Agile community today?

There are many, but the biggest challenge that I see is the fau-agile adoptions, putting an agile veneer on an organisation without making real cultural change.  Agile in practices but not in mindset, and no real agility as a result. The agile movement is a victim of its own success - everybody wants some "agile" today, but most don't really understand what it means to be agile in their thinking and actions. 


3. Tell us about the session(s) you will be presenting at the conference and why did you choose those topics?

The focus of my talk is the role of the agile coach and how there is a distinct lack of an ethical framework for coaching. 

This will be a very interactive session, drawing ideas from the participants to identify what ethical coaching is, and what it isn't. Patterns and anti-patterns of ethical coaching.  I will present a number of scenarios and we will explore them from an ethical perspective.  I will also share some ideas around what a code of ethics for agile coaching could contain. 

4. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?

Participants will leave with an understanding of what a coaching code of conduct could contain, why such a code could be valuable and examples from related coaching professions to provide food for thought.

5. Which are your favourite sessions at Agile India this year? (Sessions that you are looking forward to attending)
  • Dave Snowden is always interesting, and he will challenge us about how agile risks becoming just another buzzword 

  • Arundhati Dutta will look at agile coaching from the viewpoint of psychology and provide us with some great ideas to improve our coaching

  • Anna Obukhova will explore the biology and neuroscience of agile leadership


6. Any personal remarks/message you want to share with the Agile Community?

I spend a lot of time lately talking about getting back to the basics - the very first principle of the Agile Manifesto - Individuals and Interactions over processes and tools.

I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at Agile India in March!