Dammit Jim, I’m an Agile Coach, not a Doctor!

Just what exactly does an Agile Coach do? Coaches may vary in their response to this question. I would like to think that most Agile Coaches, with some variation, would be fairly consistent in how we perceive our role. However, some companies or orgs or people probably interpret the role of the Agile Coach in ways that coaches never intended.

Let’s explore some of the things that Agile Coaches have been asked to do! Are these antipatterns? Doing what needs to be done? This session will delve into the topic of the role of the Agile Coach and highlight potential challenges and possible solutions.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

Preferred Room Setup: Rounds

Information for Program Team:

5' - Introduction

40’
Performance Manager
Delivery Manager
Statistician
Cruise Director
Slide Deck Jockey
An Excuse

5' - Conclusion

Remainder of total timebox - Q&A, approx 10'

Relevance to Track:

Agile Coaches are continually asked and challenged to do work that represents the existing culture of the org they are working within. Some of these activities directly conflict with the values of Agile and support unhealthy cultures. Agile Coaches need to be aware of the scope of their role and how they can defer work that doesn’t support or nurture an Agile culture.

Presentation History:

Presentation history of this session:

World premiere

Alex's conference and presentation history:

Agile Open Northwest 2012 - Session Leader
Übermind ÜnConference 2012 - Session Leader
MobileUXCamp Seattle 2012 - Session Leader
Seattle Kaizen Camp 2012 - Session Leader
MAQCon 2012 - Cofounder
MobileUXCamp Seattle 2013 - Session Leader
Seattle Kaizen Camp 2013 - Session Leader
MobileUXCamp Seattle 2014 - Session Leader
Seattle Kaizen Camp 2014 - Session Leader
Construx Software Executive Summit 2014 - Facilitator
Shell Developers Summit 2015 - Keynote Speaker
Scrum Coaching Retreat Seattle 2015 - Volunteer Team
Un:Conference Canberra 2016 - Session Leader
Agile2016 - Volunteer Team
UX Australia 2016 - Speaker, Reviewer
Agile Coach Camp Sydney 2016 - Session Leader
Agile Tour Sydney 2016 - Facilitator
StartCon 2016 - Pitch Competitor
Global Scrum Gathering San Diego 2017 - Reviewer
Global Scrum Gathering Singapore 2017 - Speaker (Rating = 4.5/5)
Agile Coach Camp Sydney 2017 - Session Leader
Scrum Gathering India 2017 - Speaker, Facilitator, Coaches' Clinic
Lean Agile Systems Thinking Canberra 2017 - Organizer, Speaker (Rating = 5/5)
Lean Agile Systems Thinking Melbourne 2017 - Speaker (Rating = 5/5), Facilitator (Rating = 4.4/5)
Lean Agile Systems Thinking Sydney 2017 - Speaker
Scrum Gathering Melbourne 2017 - Speaker (Rating = 2nd highest session at conference), Coaches' Clinic
AgileNZ 2017 - Speaker
Scrum Gathering South Africa 2017 - Speaker
Business and Enterprise Agility Conference India 2017 - Speaker
Business Agility Conference NYC 2018 - Facilitator
1st Conference Melbourne 2018 - Facilitator
Lean Agile Systems Thinking Sydney 2018 - Speaker
Agile Impact Jakarta 2018 - Speaker, Workshop Facilitator
Business Agility Conference Sydney 2018 - Reviewer, Chief Facilitator, Organizer
Global Scrum Gathering Austin 2019 - Reviewer
XP 2019 Montreal - Industry and Practice Co-Chair
XP 2018 Porto
Lean Agile Systems Thinking Melbourne 2018
Agile2018 San Diego - Speaker
Regional Scrum Gathering Sydney 2018 - Speaker, Coaches' Clinic
Agile Tauranga 2018 - Speaker, Workshop Facilitator
Regional Scrum Gathering South Africa 2018 - Speaker
Agile Impact Jakarta 2018 - Speaker, Workshop Facilitator
Business Agility Conference Sydney 2018 - Reviewer, Chief Facilitator, Organizer
Global Scrum Gathering Austin 2019 - Reviewer
Business Agility Conference Sydney 2019 - Reviewer, Chief Facilitator, Organizer
Agile Australia 2019 - Reviewer
Mile High Denver 2019 - Upcoming
Scrum Coaching Retreat Kuala Lumpur 2019 - Organizer, Advisor
Scrum Coaching Retreat Sydney 2019 - Organizer, Advisor
XP 2019 Montreal - Industry and Practice Co-Chair
Agile2019 - Workshop Facilitator
Agile India 2019 - Workshop Facilitator, Speaker
LAST Melbourne 2019 - Speaker
LAST Sydney - Upcoming Workshop Facilitator
Scrum South Africa 2019 - Upcoming Speaker

Speaking References:

Jeremie Benazra - jeremie.benazra@gmail.com
Simon Bennett - simon@lasting-benefits.com
Steve McConnell - steve.mcconnell@construx.com
Damian Troselj - damian.troselj@gmail.com
Ed Wong - ed.wong@tabar.com.au

Learning Outcome

  • Attendees will learn about Agile Coach role antipatterns.
  • Attendees will review typical antipatterns and how they can be addressed.

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, Transformation Agents

Prerequisites for Attendees

None

schedule Submitted 10 months ago

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