Coaching with “Skin in the Game”: How to be an Effective Embedded Agile Coach

As an external agile coach consultant, for many years I was able to maintain a solid stance of neutrality and objectivity toward client challenges. Now, as an embedded, full-time agile coach, I play by a different set of rules.  I strive to be a catalyst for change and challenge the status quo, but I still need to be mindful of internal politics in the interest of self-preservation. Having experienced agile coaching engagements as both an external consultant and an internal employee, I will share some of my insights. I will also explain how an internal coaching capability is vital to achieving enterprise agility. 

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

The session will likely run something like this: 

0:00 Introduction & Setting the Stage

0:05 The Role of an Agile Coach

0:10 Centralized vs. decentralized agile Coaching

0:15 Building rapport and adding value 

0:20 Coaching Agreements and Designed Alliances

0:25 Toward an Agile Coaching Code of Ethics

0:35 Balancing your role and your career

0:40 Close, presenter feedback, Q&A (if time allows) 

Learning Outcome

  • How to embrace a decentralized agile coaching model that uses a “small army” of embedded coaches to work deep within an organization in order to inculcate agile values and principles far and wide. 
  • How to build rapport and “play the game” of internal politics just enough to manage social capital, while still holding a mirror to the organization and its leaders.  
  • How to strike a balance between a coaching code of ethics, while still delivering on the expectation of change management and “agile outcomes.” 
  • How to avoid becoming “part of the soup” and being unable to take an objective view of the organization in order to help it evolve.

Target Audience

Leaders interested in learning more about building an internal agile coaching capability in an agile practice to support enterprise business agility.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Familiarity with the role of an agile coach, but a desire to learn more

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