ACI’s 2011 Year in Review

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ACI’s 2011 Year in Review

As organizations slow down this week, we get to re-group and maybe even “clean out our messy desks” (as one friend put it). As I let the slowdown happen to me, too, my mind turns to thoughts of the past year: “What happened in 2011?  No, really.  Before we go headlong into 2012, what happened this year?”

(ps.  Thanks to Yves Hanoulle’s family revue which inspired this video.)

See? Amazing things happened for the Agile Coaching Institute this year.  Our work and the work of the agile coaches we train and coach has been as impactful as we dreamed it would be — even more so in many cases.  Here’s the rundown in text…

  • We taught over 450 agile coaches, team leads, and managers the mindsets and skills of agile coaching in 20 Coaching Agile Teams classes.
  • We supported the growing (and deepening) agile community by speaking at 24 Agile User Community events and 9 conferences.  Whew!
  • We officially launched ACI at the Agile 2011 conference by sponsoring the Coaching & Mentoring stage.  Best of all, dozens of “ACI alumni” gathered to toast the birth of this institute and bask in the glow of our shared mission.
  • We dove deep into our advanced curriculum with the first class in that series, The Coaching Stance, and earned the “Institute” part of our name by bringing in one of the best from the Professional Coaching world, Cynthia Loy Darst, to teach with us. In the final months of 2011, we taught 33 kick-a$$ agilists, who have now taken their agile coaching to a new level, bringing the skills of professional coaching into their everyday mix.
  • We have heard from many of the people we trained and coached, who didn’t hesitate to tell us about our impact on them and their work.  Wow!
  • We’re giving agile coaches stepping stones they can use to further their own development. Our Agile Coach Competency Framework helped define the disciplines of agile coaching, and we worked with ICAgile to create learning objectives for their Facilitation and Coaching Track.
  • We continued to be astounded by the “legs” of the Coaching Agile Teams book — well into its second year, still going strong in the top 10 agile books.
  • We had some help!  Delivering so many classes in so many places meant that we needed serious help running our operations.  We turned to our friend, colleague and agile coach, Bachan Anand from Conscires Agile Practices, who helps us make ACI run more smoothly.

As many individual agile coaches, agile champions within corporations, and agile thought leaders have contacted us to bring our work into their worlds, it’s clear that we are on the right track!  We are part of a growing tribe of great agile coaches, who recognize the impact they are now able to make in their teams’ and companies’ ability to use agile fully.  Rock on!

Gratefully sharing our success in 2011 and looking forward to 2012.

Love,
Lyssa and Michael

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