Agile coaching is not easy and if you're a coach, you'll hopefully know this already. And if you've ever been coached before, you might recognise some of the habits that are explored in this interactive workshop.

In our experience, there are some coaching habits that do not reflect true coaching. There are coaching habits that are detrimental to the person being coached.

As agile coaching becomes more and more popular, there is a tendency for 'coaches' to jump on the bandwagon without the understanding of what a coach truly is. 

This is not a lecture on what coaching is. We intend to explore the topic in this workshop through interactive activities to help you feel and reflect on what coaching is and is not.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

The workshop will run as follows:

  • [0:00-0:05] 5 mins – Introduction and outline of workshop 
  • [0:05-0:15] 10 min - Activity 1: What do you think coaching is? 
    • An activity for attendees to reflect on what coaching is for them and explore the difference between Mentoring, Coaching, Teaching and Facilitation.
    • Attendees will be asked to capture their thoughts on post-its and place them on the appropriate flip-chart.
  • [0:15-0:65] 50 min - Activity 2: Role playing of different coaching stances (5 x 10 minute rounds)
    • Attendees will be instructed to break into groups of 3.
    • Attendees will take turns being the Coach, Coachee and Observer. 
    • Each round will be a different coaching stance with a total of 5 scenarios.
      • Scenarios will be handed out to each group and will run as follows:
        • Read Scenario and each attendee chose a role [1 min]
        • Coaching role play of the coaching stance [5 mins]
        • Debrief [4 mins]
          • A worksheet with the following questions will be given to each attendee:
            • What did it feel like to be coached?
            • What did it feel like coaching from that stance?
            • What did the observer notice about the coaching conversations, body language?
  • [0:65-0:75] 10 min - Activity 3: Revisit of Activity 1
    • Attendees will then regroup together and will be asked how their understanding of coaching has shifted through the activities. Attendees will be asked to update their post-its from Activity 1 (if required).
  • [0:75-0:80] 5 min - Key Takeaways/Q&A

Learning Outcome

  • Be able to describe what coaching is and what it is not
  • Practice the habits that some coaches have and the impact they are having on the person they are coaching.
  • Reflect on your own coaching habits and what you might do in the future to improve it.

Target Audience

Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Leaders, Managers

Prerequisites for Attendees

No prerequisites required. 

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