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Agile Coaching Institute develops competence and confidence in the profession of Agile Coaching, from the ScrumMaster of a few teams all the way to the Enterprise Agile Coach. We do this by evoking and catalyzing the development of Agile Coaches as agents of organizational (and societal) transformation, combining education, coaching, and mentoring.  We provide rich, transformational programs as well as thought leadership in the emerging field of Agile Coaching. We have trained over 6000 Agile Coaches as we do our best to give definition to Agile Coaching as a true profession.

Lyssa Adkins, ACI Co-Founder and President Emerita

Lyssa Adkins

I believe that Agile is an emergent response that helps us thrive in our ever-increasingly complex, changeable and interconnected world. I am a passionate contributor to the discipline and profession of Agile Coaching and have trained many thousands of agilists in the knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to coach teams and organizations to get full benefits of Agile. In 2010, I authored Coaching Agile Teams which is still a best seller years later.

In both one-on-one settings and small groups, I enjoy a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams and organizations they coach. Prior to Agile, I had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers (I was even a PMO Director — twice!), yet nothing prepared me for the power of Agile done simply and well.

I hold an alphabet soup of certifications: ACI Certified Teams Transformation Coach (CTTC), Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB), and Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC). I am also a trained Co-Active Coach and Leader.

Halim Dunsky, Agile Coaching Institute Steward

Halim Dunsky

Veteran agile coach and consultant Halim Dunsky is a faculty member and oversees the Agile Coaching Institute. With a decade of tenure at SolutionsIQ and more than 40 years in the software business, Halim’s depth of experience and passion for Agile are the driving forces helping us achieve the goals of business growth and high satisfaction for students, clients, and facilitators.

Upon being introduced to Agile ten years ago, Halim was an immediate convert. Armed with the belief that Agile goes beyond software teams and is a way of life that can be applied throughout an organization, Halim strives to build a transformative Agile educational experience and to support the emergence of rich human life in the workplace.

Halim originally hails from the suburbs of Chicago and holds a B.A. in Communications from Northwestern University, as well as an M.A. in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University.

Gary Boruff

Gary Boruff

Gary has over 25 years of experience in IT as an Agile Coach, Application Development Manager, Project Manager, Scrum Master, and Software Developer. He has a deep passion for delivering solutions that provide faster time to market with lower risk and high business value. Gary has diverse experience working with both private and public sector clients providing him a unique perspective in assisting teams and organizations to achieve optimum results utilizing their full potential in developing a product or service. Gary is a certified trainer and facilitator for the Agile Coaching Institute (ACI) teaching workshops in agile facilitation and coaching and a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) working with organizations at the team and program levels. His experience encompasses a broad base of knowledge in leadership and facilitation of project goals using Agile project management methodologies. Gary has worked with project teams in delivering value driven solutions in various business domains for customers in the Enterprise, ISV, and SaaS segments.

David Chilcott

David Chilcott

David Chilcott has an unusual set of skills that encompasses both the deeply technical and the deeply human aspects of software development. In addition to his background as a system architect, software developer and agile coach, David holds a degree in group dynamics, and has completed formal training in creative problem solving, advanced facilitation, Innovation Games facilitation, non-violent communication (NVC), conflict resolution and Co-Active Coaching, and Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC). David is the founder of Outformations, a collaborative software design, development, and Agile consulting practice. He is a former board member for the National Agile Leadership Network (ALN) and is the founder of the Bay Area ALN. David is a lead coach for ACI’s Coaching Circles, co-creator of ACI’s course The Agile Facilitator, and leader of the Competency Cohort for Agile Coaching Mastery.

Katrina Ferguson

Katrina Ferguson

Katrina has been teaching and mentoring in Agile practices for 6 years. She has trained hundreds of individuals and coached dozens of teams as they navigated their Agile journey, in both large and small adoptions, at companies like Capital One, PayPal, AT&T, McKesson, and Lincoln Financial. Katrina is passionate about helping leaders of all levels learn how to lead in a more informed and humanistic way, helping bring leaders up to date with current science and practice. Working with some of the largest Agile companies, Katrina is a practiced facilitator for team events and trainings ranging from a few to 300 people. A true agile champion, Katrina emphasizes the importance of Team, and encourages action and outside-the-box thinking. Katrina is a certified Integral Coach with practice in coaching individuals in personal development.

Simon Macpherson

I am passionate about helping individuals, teams, and organizations discover how to maximize value from applying Agile principles.  As an Agile Coach I seek clarity around; purpose, sharing the vision, and the personal values needed to align towards achievement, innovation, and sustainability.

I am also a pragmatist who understands, through experience, this is a journey for both the organization and each individual. How can Agile methods and mindset work in the existing container? What do we need to work on to change the environment to support greater agility? And ultimately, understand this is all about you. How are you showing up, what change is also needed in you? Because, here is the rub, trying to change others is futile but we have full control over changing ourselves.

My work life experience stretches across a variety of backgrounds beginning in retail, moving toward manufacturing and engineering, a stint in self-employment, many years in the hospitality industry, and finally software development. As an Agile Coach I have long term practice in telecommunications, health-care, travel & leisure, and insurance. I am also a trained and practicing Co-Active Coach.

Michael Hamman

Michael Hamman

For most of the past 25 years, Michael has committed himself to the possibility that the workplace be a site for personal, professional, and social transformation.  Trained early on in coaching and large group facilitation with Werner Erhard and Associates, Michael went on to train in systems thinking, facilitation, organization development, and leadership development with Peter Senge, Peter Block, Thomas Leonard, Otto Laske, Marvin Weisbord, and with the Leadership Circle.  For 12 years Michael developed software, and coached and trained software teams in the beauty of design and teamwork. Since 2003 he has coached dozens of Fortune 500 companies, leaders, and teams toward greater holistic agility. In the process, he has helped hundreds of people develop their own capacity for Agile leadership and practice.

Clive Prout

Clive Prout

Clive holds a Masters degree in manufacturing engineering from Cambridge University and had a first career in the software industry. He has held software engineering and product management leadership roles in Europe and the US, included P&L responsibility for a portfolio of networking software products at Network Computing Devices in the late ‘90s.  For the past 15 years, Clive has been coaching leaders to increase effectiveness, self-awareness, and fulfillment. His clients are predominantly executives in the technology sector with Microsoft, T-Mobile and Aol being recent examples. In addition to his executive coaching practice, Clive has 10 years experience training professional coaches for The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). He holds professional coaching certifications (ICF PCC, CTI CPCC) and is certified in several coaching instruments (MBTI, FIRO-B, Benchmarks 360 and LDF).

Leslie Stein

Leslie Stein

Leslie has more than a dozen years of leadership, process efficiency, behavioral analysis, professional facilitation and training experience in a number of challenging environments. She is sought-after as a professional facilitator and facilitation trainer. Leslie’s company, Full Circle Inspiration, focuses on inspiring groups and individuals to look for new perspectives when the ones they’re stuck in just aren’t working anymore. Her passion is bringing innovation to teams in order to help them use their own brilliance to improve communication and enhance success. She is a co-creator of ACI’s course, The Agile Facilitator.

Erika Smith

Erika Smith

Erika keeps the home fires burning at ACI in her position as Training Events Coordinator. She is the public face of ACI to the thousands of students we serve each year. We call her the Admin Goddess, and that is no exaggeration.