How to Interview and Hire an Agile Coach

"We seek and Agile Coach/Project Manager to enforce our Agile best practices. The ideal candidate must have the ability to walk on water, magically change all organizational processes, convince executives to just be Agile, and install JIRA. The ideal candidate must be PMP, BsC in Engineering, CSM, CSP, CSPO, PSM I, II and III, SAFe 4.0, MBA of All The Things and other relevant certifications as dictated by our HR department."  Did your Agile Coach end up being a dud? While Agile has largely crossed the chasm, the art of Agile Coaching is one of the most mis-understood roles in the industry today which is why we end up with job postings that cram so much detail into their description . If the coach is helping the team improve, what do the managers do? How do you measure the effectiveness of your coaches? Should Agile Coaching be a permanent structure in your organization, or a temporary one? In this session we'll dymystify Agile Coaching and give you practical tools to figure out the best way to interview, and hire, coaches for your organization.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

- Start with exploring what challenges people have with internal coaching

- Unveil a framework to help people figure out what their existing coaching capability is, and what they need

- Crafting a coaching profile and job description

- Lightning talks: workshop attendees will use remaining time to do a quick show and tell

Learning Outcome

- what is Agile Coaching

- How to integrate Agile Coaching into the organization

Target Audience

People responsible for hiring Agile Coaches

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  • Paul J. Heidema
    By Paul J. Heidema  ~  1 year ago
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    Jason, will the participants be able to learn tips on hiring techniques and interview skills? And, what does the ability to integrate mean for your learning outcome?

    • Jason Little
      By Jason Little  ~  1 year ago
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      They would get tips for how to figure out what type of coach they need, how to write a good job description for an agile coach, and alternatives to the typical way interviews for agile coaches are conducted. Ability to integrate means how they can figure out how to make coaches co-exist with managers/scrum masters/project managers etc. Often there is overlap and I find most organizations don't have these conversations up front in order to establish expectations.

      • Paul J. Heidema
        By Paul J. Heidema  ~  1 year ago
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        Sounds great Jason, thanks.


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