Our Impact

Here’s what agilists say about the impact of ACI’s training and coaching.

As of Monday August 15th, I am Agile Coaching Institute Certified Team Transfomation Coach certified. This is a one year leaning experience that was the best investment in my coaching career. This was the first cohort and will quicky become the standard in the industry. I would like to extend my thanks to all my cohort members as well as Lyssa Adkins, Michael Spayd, Marsha Acker and David Chilcott. Please take a look at all the wonderful training you can get from The Agile Coaching Institute at https://lnkd.in/eR3GwMv I can now call myself an ACI-CTTC certified coach

Louis Morisset

I unfortunately could not attend the 5 day agile boot camp because of work commitments, but after taking both the Agile Facilitator training with David Chilcott and Leslie Stein in San Francisco, and the Coaching Agile Teams 3.0 in San Diego with Michael Spayd and Michael Hammon feel that my compass has been set on a new “integral” path that will be optimal for the next steps in my agile journey. I also learned about some valuable new tools and techniques that I will surely bring to my various engagements and also help lead students. Thanks again to the Agile Coaching Institute for a great class!

Gail Ferreira

Agile Coaching Institute always does a phenomenal job delivering training that is engaging and transformative. I was hoping a similar experience would happen for me with the Coaching Cohort and this program did not disappoint. My skills in training, facilitating, mentoring, and coaching have improved by leaps and bounds. The course material was coupled with active practice and discussion to allow me to try out my skills as I did distance learning via teleconference. The real transformation happened during the residential when 6 months of audio calls became a live community. I’ve been able to retain the connections I’ve made during the cohort and that has created lasting support and feedback in my growth as a coach. I recommend this learning for anyone seeking to be a professional agile coach.

Jessica Katz

Competence Cohort for Agile Coaching Mastery:
I am one of the fortunate people that made it into the very first Cohort that was offered. Once again, Lyssa and the rest of her co-facilitators/trainers have found a way to help me grow and transform even more than I have previously. They have pushed me into being on the edge and challenged me to trust, believe, and love even deeper than I thought I was ever going to do. This course is way more than I initially thought. I am in the last phase of the course, with only a few months left, and my transformation is still happening with every single session.

This course will challenge you, excite you, push you out of your comfort zone, then bring you back again. I highly recommend this training to anyone that wants to get deeper within themselves in order to be the absolute best Agile Coach you can be. It is well worth the time, the money, and the effort; yes, you will absolutely work for it. ;-).

Be Safe and Be Agile.

Steve Crago

I was recently able to participate in the Coaching Agile Teams course with Lyssa Adkins and Michael Hamman, with contributions from Michael Spayd and Clive Prout. This course opened up a whole new world to me. I knew before the class that I needed a lot of help with facilitation and coaching skills, and expected to benefit from the class. However, I did not expect the class to be as transformative as it was. I learned new ways of thinking and gained a whole new toolbox of techniques for transforming myself and the people I work with.

The teaching was clear and to the point, reinforced regularly by activities and exercises carefully tailored to immerse us in this unfamiliar new paradigm. I’ve never seen such effective teaching before; I was able to learn a lot from how the teachers taught, not just what they taught. I really cannot recommend this course enough; it is already changing me, and my work, for the better.

Kevin McDonald

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I unfortunately could not attend the 5 day agile boot camp because of work commitments, but after taking both the Agile Facilitator training with David Chilcott and Leslie Stein in San Francisco, and the Coaching Agile Teams 3.0 in San Diego with Michael Spayd and Michael Hammon feel that my compass has been set on a new “integral” path that will be optimal for the next steps in my agile journey. I also learned about some valuable new tools and techniques that I will surely bring to my various engagements and also help lead students. Thanks again to the Agile Coaching Institute for a great class!

Gail Ferreira

Wow! You walk in one person and you leave a completely different much better person. I cannot believe the amount of learning that you do in the Agile Coaching Boot Camp. The energy, the engagement, the professional approach to teaching that Lyssa Adkins, Michael Spayd and Michael Hamman demonstrate is beyond amazing. No words can describe it, highly recommended!

Ghida Choukair

As I mark the one year anniversary of attending the Agile Coach Boot Camp in San Francisco, I cannot thank Lyssa, Michael, and ACI enough for the incredible experience and what it has enabled me to do.

Today, I coach teams and facilitate agile workshops / working sessions and absolutely relish what I am doing. Words cannot express how much I learned in that boot camp. I am still in awe of the wealth of information that was covered in those five days. The many tools and techniques that it added to my tool set help me adapt to the often completely unexpected situations I find myself in! This last one was conducting an Agile Team workshop in the living room of a lodge on the outskirts of Madison, WI – no projector, no WiFi – just me and a room full of engaged people.

Lyssa and Michael, thank you both for what you do to enable us coaches to do our work well, to influence the way work gets done, and to do our part in, if I can paraphrase from one of Lyssa’s bimonthly inspirations, ‘transforming our organizations into more just, sustainable and thriving workplaces!’

Look forward to my next learning experience through ACI.

Anjali Leon

This is by far the best training I have ever had. The experience was unforgettable. Michael Spayd, Lyssa and Michael Hamman (aka Dr. Space) were all great teachers. I have now recommended this bootcamp highly at my company so more people can benefit from it.

They claim that you will leave as a different person is 100% true, I enjoyed the course thoroughly and made some great friends which I am still in touch with. If you are someone like me who has the knowledge of scrum and wants to be a good coach or understand what coaching is all about, this is the best training out there to attend.

Everything about this is unique the training, the location and the food and teaching style is just top notch. Thank you Lyssa, Michael and Michael, you have truly made a great impact on me and helped me boost my confidence as a coach.

Fozan Zahoor

Agile Bootcamp Sep 2014, just Awesome! The class was amazing, superior training delivered with incredible credibility and authenticity from people who are passionate about Agile & Coaching! Great to now have a professional perspective on what it means to be an Agile Coach. They set the bar high, but give you the tools to get you there. A wonderful experience shared with colleagues from across the community who became friends, and who now support each other to become great Agile Coaches! Thank you Lyssa, Michael and Michael.

Chris O'Connor

Participation in the 5 day course at a venue away from your local environment will create the opportunity for a sometimes uncomfortable, but always well worth it, transformation in your ability to lead in an Agile environment.

Local participation may leave you with some skills but the immersion designed into the retreat will take you on a journey which deepens your understanding of Agile, Coaching and working with organizations to achieve the maximum benefit.

Lucas

When I registered for the boot camp, I had specific learning objectives in mind: I wanted to improve my presentation and facilitation skills, and become a better coach by providing meaningful feedback and becoming a better listener. After I attended the boot camp, I understood that comparing with Agile terminology, my learning objectives looked like “I want to master Agile by learning what are the Agile ceremonies, what are the roles of team members, and how to calculate velocity” not addressing values or principles of Agile. Similarly, when going to the boot camp, I was looking for specific knowledge in both facilitation and coaching, but found life experience and new vision instead.

The boot camp was far from a traditional training session where there is a list of topics, which are being “covered”. This was a life experience, transformational in its nature, which made me a better coach and a better person. I learned everything I wanted and more, but the most important part of my experience is that it made me a more confident, more tolerant, more flexible person, and just a better human being. In 5 days, Lyssa, Michael S., Michael H. showed me and others how to look at human interactions from a different perspective; and the encouragement and support from Leslie Stein made me believe that everything is possible.

Since I returned from the boot camp, I use the newly acquired vision daily, and I have noticed that people treat me differently, they listen to me differently, and I listen to them in a new way and understand their needs on a different level now. I feel empowered and energized, and the only difficult part about this boot camp is that I miss my new friends that I met there and I hope we will stay in touch and support each other for many years ahead.

Mariya Breyter

Like I told Lyssa and Michael, the Agile Coaching Bootcamp that I attended in September continues to be the experience that provides me the most value in my role and in my day-to-day life. It’s one of the best designed, best delivered courses I’ve experienced. In reality, it transcends the traditional concept of course and should instead be described as an experience.

Sean Rich

The first thing I want to say is….you MUST take this course if you ever have to “run” a meeting. Because when you do you will never “run” a meeting again. The skills, tools and techniques learned to facilitate a meeting in this course are amazing and readily applicable. All you have to do is remember ‘POWER’ (okay there is a little more to it than that)! I realized there are some skills you need to effectively facilitate a meeting, rather than just have an agenda. Lyssa and Michael are awesome teachers and coaches and they don’t just talk the talk, but they walk the walk and teach by example, the skills they helped us to learn. The Agile Coaching part of the course was just as transformational as it doesn’t just teach skills for the business world, but skills and techniques to your everyday life. You will see and feel a difference in yourself changing throughout the week and by the last day finding yourself a bit sad that it’s all over.

Sometimes it wasn’t easy and well, that’s why it’s called boot camp because it stretched us! If you want easy go take a course that is simply being ‘taught’ in a boring class room setting go somewhere else. They raise the bar on any training course I will ever consider taking again.

Our group had a truly amazing bonding and learning experience like none I’ve ever seen with a large group of people that had never met before. From the hands on exercises and the bonding around the campfire on a chilly fall night and the “Chubby Bunny” and pumpkin painting contests on Halloween. It was an wonderful experience I will never forget and friendships were forged that will be ongoing.

This course is one of a kind in all ways..if you are considering taking it, don’t hesitate and sign up for a class!

Lisa Wright

WOW. I just completed the Agile Bootcamp; 2 days of Agile Facilitator and 3 days for Agile Coach. Hands down the best training I have received in my 20+ years worklife. Incredible content, amazing teachers. I learned so much about my own “stance” and others perceptions. I have already begun to recommend this course to others. Blew me away – you guys are incredible. Thank you!! Lis

Lisa LaBonte

I just finished the full 5-day course, which included The Agile Facilitator and Coaching Agile Teams. It was a great experience, going deep into the content for both areas. Besides the incredible number of practical tools and skills, the best aspect for me was the feeling that Lyssa, Michael and Leslie were “pulling back the curtain” to show the real professional strength of these skills. I have already started using them with my teams.

Jim L

I just wanted to thank you all so much for leading the facilitation and coaching training last week for Capital One. I gained a lot of insight into the techniques needed for facilitation as well as coaching. I would love to help co-facilitate with you in the future if you eve need any assistance, so please feel free to reach out if you need any help.

Thanks and hope to see you all in the future!
Beth

Beth Miller

As of Monday August 15th, I am Agile Coaching Institute Certified Team Transfomation Coach certified. This is a one year leaning experience that was the best investment in my coaching career. This was the first cohort and will quicky become the standard in the industry. I would like to extend my thanks to all my cohort members as well as Lyssa Adkins, Michael Spayd, Marsha Acker and David Chilcott. Please take a look at all the wonderful training you can get from The Agile Coaching Institute at https://lnkd.in/eR3GwMv I can now call myself an ACI-CTTC certified coach

Louis Morisset

Agile Coaching Institute always does a phenomenal job delivering training that is engaging and transformative. I was hoping a similar experience would happen for me with the Coaching Cohort and this program did not disappoint. My skills in training, facilitating, mentoring, and coaching have improved by leaps and bounds. The course material was coupled with active practice and discussion to allow me to try out my skills as I did distance learning via teleconference. The real transformation happened during the residential when 6 months of audio calls became a live community. I’ve been able to retain the connections I’ve made during the cohort and that has created lasting support and feedback in my growth as a coach. I recommend this learning for anyone seeking to be a professional agile coach.

Jessica Katz

Competence Cohort for Agile Coaching Mastery:
I am one of the fortunate people that made it into the very first Cohort that was offered. Once again, Lyssa and the rest of her co-facilitators/trainers have found a way to help me grow and transform even more than I have previously. They have pushed me into being on the edge and challenged me to trust, believe, and love even deeper than I thought I was ever going to do. This course is way more than I initially thought. I am in the last phase of the course, with only a few months left, and my transformation is still happening with every single session.

This course will challenge you, excite you, push you out of your comfort zone, then bring you back again. I highly recommend this training to anyone that wants to get deeper within themselves in order to be the absolute best Agile Coach you can be. It is well worth the time, the money, and the effort; yes, you will absolutely work for it. ;-).

Be Safe and Be Agile.

Steve Crago

I was recently able to participate in the Coaching Agile Teams course with Lyssa Adkins and Michael Hamman, with contributions from Michael Spayd and Clive Prout. This course opened up a whole new world to me. I knew before the class that I needed a lot of help with facilitation and coaching skills, and expected to benefit from the class. However, I did not expect the class to be as transformative as it was. I learned new ways of thinking and gained a whole new toolbox of techniques for transforming myself and the people I work with.

The teaching was clear and to the point, reinforced regularly by activities and exercises carefully tailored to immerse us in this unfamiliar new paradigm. I’ve never seen such effective teaching before; I was able to learn a lot from how the teachers taught, not just what they taught. I really cannot recommend this course enough; it is already changing me, and my work, for the better.

Kevin McDonald

This course helped me boost confidence in facilitating agile transformation. I’ve had experience in Scrum, teaching, facilitating, and helping companies transform for several years now.

But it was Lyssa and Michael’s guidance that helped me fuse these into a more cohesive coaching stance. Thanks to the course, I more prepared to handle any problem thrown our way.

Ruben Canlas

I was so immensely lucky to attend a Coaching Agile Teams course in San Francisco last November.

It gave me so many approaches and tools and views … it was a rich and nourishing and fulfilling 3 days that I will never forget. I wrote extensively about the impact in my personal view of my career here: http://www.workplayinspire.com.au/?p=168 (sending it to linkedin too, for a bit of advertising )
Something I didn’t mention in my post is that I also felt and continue to feel some pain. There’s pain in the acknowledging of my flaws as a person; in my realisation (again and again) of those things that don’t work with people, that resonate very negatively and that I MUST change.
I’m now doing some personal coaching / mentoring trying to handle those things and to move from awareness to action.
Those three days with David and Michael only confirmed that the fulfillment of helping other people it is worth that I keep trying hard to improve myself.
Thank you!

Sofia Woloschin

I was so immensely lucky to attend a Coaching Agile Teams course in San Francisco last November.

It gave me so many approaches and tools and views … it was a rich and nourishing and fulfilling 3 days that I will never forget. I wrote extensively about the impact in my personal view of my career here: http://www.workplayinspire.com.au/?p=168 (sending it to linkedin too, for a bit of advertising 😉 )
Something I didn’t mention in my post is that I also felt and continue to feel some pain. There’s pain in the acknowledging of my flaws as a person; in my realisation (again and again) of those things that don’t work with people, that resonate very negatively and that I MUST change.
I’m now doing some personal coaching / mentoring trying to handle those things and to move from awareness to action.
Those three days with David and Michael only confirmed that the fulfillment of helping other people it is worth that I keep trying hard to improve myself.
Thank you!

Sofia Woloschin

I’ve read a lot of books; been to many meet-ups; experienced many work situations; observed countless agile (coaches/leaders/experts) but one 3-day course with Lyssa and Michael has opened my eyes to what it truly means to be an agile coach. Thank you so much for this experience. I feel transformed.

Darren Smith

Have just finished the Coaching Agile Teams course in London and am blown away by the course, the format and the facilitators (Lyssa and Michael S) who were simply contagious. Seriously opened up my eyes to the true meaning of a coach versus mentor and how I can improve to the benefit of those I coach. Will be recommending this as a mandatory course at my organisation for all future coaches and cannot wait to join up again with you to further my education!

Jim Hooper

Have just finished the Coaching Agile Teams course in London and am blown away by the course, the format and the facilitators (Lyssa and Michael S) who were simply contagious. Seriously opened up my eyes to the true meaning of a coach versus mentor and how I can improve to the benefit of those I coach. Will be recommending this as a mandatory course at my organisation for all future coaches and cannot wait to join up again with you to further my education!

Jim Hooper

Last week Lyssa and Michael elevated the consciousness of London significantly by running the Coaching Agile Teams 3.0 class and by presenting at the Adventures with Agile community meetup.
Both sessions have had a profound impact on those who attended, with attendees having many ‘aha’ moments about things that have previously seemed unsolvable and in the realm of the subconscious.
It has been an honour to watch Lyssa and Michael in action and to see the deep changes in those who attended.
I have written a full review of the class here: http://www.adventureswithagile.com/a-review-of-the-3-day-coaching-agile-teams-workshop-with-lyssa-adkins-and-michael-spayd/

You can watch the London evening event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyoDhdRKgiY

You can follow coaching insights from the course here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/CoachingInsight

Thank you Lyssa and Michael!

Simon Powers

3 days of Lyssa and Michael, sharing great skills and techniques for managing teams in complex environments as well as key team and individual coaching and mentor approaches. The course was full of energy using real scenarios, and also picked up some really important facilitation tips.

Rakesh Patel

Last week Lyssa and Michael elevated the consciousness of London significantly by running the Coaching Agile Teams 3.0 class and by presenting at the Adventures with Agile community meetup.
Both sessions have had a profound impact on those who attended, with attendees having many ‘aha’ moments about things that have previously seemed unsolvable and in the realm of the subconscious.
It has been an honour to watch Lyssa and Michael in action and to see the deep changes in those who attended.
I have written a full review of the class here: http://www.adventureswithagile.com/a-review-of-the-3-day-coaching-agile-teams-workshop-with-lyssa-adkins-and-michael-spayd/

You can watch the London evening event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyoDhdRKgiY

You can follow coaching insights from the course here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/CoachingInsight

Thank you Lyssa and Michael!

Simon Powers

I attended Lyssa and Michael’s Agile Coaching class in May. It was wonderful to be in a class where everyone was a teacher and a learner. The energy in the class was tremendous and helped me to sharpen coaching skills that have been very useful in the past eight weeks of a new ScrumMaster/Coach position. In the past, I flowed smoothly back and forth among the Teacher/Mentor/Coach roles, but without conscious intent. Working with others in this class to make conscious plans about which “stance” to take has made a tremendous change in my impact on others.

Huet Landry

I recently completed the Coaching Agile Teams class with Lyssa and Michael Spayd. in Atlanta, GA. There simply are no words that can describe the powerful and positive impact this experience had on me. Spending 3 days immersed in the objectives of agile coaching has changed both my professional and personal life by providing a whole new perspective on relationships and human interactions. In our complex organizations, the hustle and bustle of daily operations, and the traditional ways of reaching objectives further complicates our roles as Agile Coaches (in whatever capacity that may be), and champions of the Agile mindset. I left this course feeling energized and better prepared to be the servant leader my teams and organization need me to be. I plan to share my new perspective with others on a continuous basis, so that they too can benefit from my experience, as well as support and expand my own learning me as I practice my new Agile coaching skills.
Most importantly, I have found in Lyssa and Michael the type of person/professional I most aspire to be; a great student who learns from amazing teachers, and gives back to others who aspire to be great students. My personal experience with Lyssa (one that I will never forget) helped highlight the options I didn’t know existed. I am currently making plans to attend many of the other courses (The Coaching Stance, Managing Agile Environments, The Agile Facilitator), because I have now realized that all classes with a similar name are simply not equal. I truly only recommend those from Coaching Agile Institute.
Thank you Lyssa, Michael, and all the students I had the honor of learning with, for creating a “we” space that I will never forget.

Angie Prince

One of the best educational experiences of my life. Even less than two weeks out of the training, it is difficult to overstate how much impact this training has already had on me both professionally and personally. Using the Agile Coaching Framework, Lyssa and Michael took Agile Coaching from being something I wandered through based on guesswork to a trade comprising a palette of specific skills. I already feel crisper in my application of each skill and more deft in switching between them appropriately. They balanced this clarity with openness to exploration, thereby avoiding crushing out the myriad subtleties the role encounters. Through many exercises, they taught us to use an array of very powerful tools. Finally, while keeping a sense of humor, Michael and Lyssa modeled a solemnity commensurate with the importance and difficulty of this role. I cannot recommend this course more highly to anyone working as an Agile Coach. To be honest, when I look back at what I was doing before the training, I am a little embarrassed. It’s like I was driving around offering surgical services out of my station wagon with no medical training. Now at least I know to sterilize the car!

Matthieu Cornillon

I recently took the 3-day “Coaching Agile Teams” with Lysaa and Michael. Not only was it an eye-opener, but also offered me some techniques which could be used immediately. Besides the insights, the tools gave me instant gratification and I could also see a change with some colleagues.

One will also find the students in the class establishing close ties and avail of an opportunity to find peers willing to support each other.

What one may not find —
A complete solution to some of the challenges we all endure. There was also no teaching of Agile practices so familiarity with at least 1 Agile practice is recommended (E.g. Scrum).

While you will find a roadmap established for yourself, the journey will truly be yours. Journey on! I recommend this course for all Agile practitioners.

Nitin Khanna

It was a pleasure to finally get Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd down to Australia to run their 2 day Coaching Agile Teams course. Having enjoyed some of their short workshops at Agile 200x conferences, I knew that the course would be an essential addition to my coaching toolkit. What transpired was 2 days of intense learning and thought provokion. It was as much learning new skills and techniques as well as learning from their own style of delivering a course. Anybody who considers themselves an Agile Coach must consider learning from Lyssa and Michael!

Craig Smith

Taking the Agile Coaching course was one of the best investments I could have made. Talk about an amazing ROI! Not only did I feel like I learned some invaluable tools and techniques to immediate put into action in my career, but I also felt like this two day course was a personal coaching session FOR ME! The things taught in this class should not be limited to just Agile teams, but in any environment where you have to lead in any capacity. The class is interactive, fun, and not your typical sage on a stage type environment.

I would highly recommend this course and should you want more information from an unbiased account, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Aaron Corcoran

It’s been just under a month since I took the Coaching Agile Teams course and I wanted to share some thoughts about this great course. I must admit, when I took the course, I had a hard time aligning the Coaching techniques to my very technical software development team and was uncertain as to how the Coaching and Facilitating slice of the Agile Coaching Stance would fit in. However, since attending the course, several opportunities for powerful questions, level 2 (I hope I am at level 2) listening, and even constellations have surfaced. I am appreciative for the perspective the course offered in how to handle these situations and also for the new found ability to recognize circumstances where the previously mentioned techniques are useful.

John M.

It has been almost 6 weeks and I continue to leverage many of the concepts from the course. I have enjoyed sharing some of the learning experiences with my colleagues and have seen a fundamental shift for many in our organization. I continue to learn as I utilize many of the techniques of coaching and have even had people say things like “this is the first time in my career that someone has taken me through such an exploration”. Kudos to Lyssa and Michael for putting together a great course and engaging the audience like no other instructors I have experienced. I truly enjoyed the training and am enjoying using it in my coaching within the team. Many thanks once again to Lyssa and Michael! This is the first course that I actually felt like emailing the instructors several weeks after the course had completed. It has truly impacted me in a way an email can probably only begin to express!

Jen Bennett

Lyssa and Michael’s course “Leading from the Next Level” is outstanding! This course is a natural progression in the series they offer. Coaching is not about training louder (thank you Michael for that quote) nor is it about using Command-and-Control to stamp out Command-and-Control. This course teaches Agile leadership through the lens of the system. I highly recommend it. Also, it was a joy being in the company of the level of Coaches that Lyssa and Michael’s classes attract.

Sue Shreve

Michael Spayd helped me to develop and confirm a vision towards excellence in my role as Product Owner.

David Sabine

This course is … A natural progression to becoming Agile.

David Hainish

I highly recommend the agile coach training course. If you are a leader, or looking to take any leadership position on an agile team this course is a must-have followup to any base agile training.

Chris Leslie

The Agile Coaching course facilitated by Lyssa and Michael opened my eyes to the huge scope of what it means to be an Agile coach. I will be processing the material for a while, but I hope to launch into implementation of these concepts ASAP.

Sean Glover

Lyssa and Michael exposed us to a great toolset and provided a roadmap to develop further.

Shanly Suepaul

I had previously read the Coaching Agile Teams book cover-to-cover and jumped at the chance to attend the course in Boulder. It was everything I hoped for and more; incredibly fun and intense. Lyssa and Michael’s pair-teaching style was great to experience, they compliment each other exceptionally as they keep the learning experiences coming one after another. I returned to work with and arsenal of actionable advice, invaluable real-world hands-on experience and a set of tools to start applying straight away. The icing on the cake for me were the other attendees. Everyone was fully engaged and looking to learn as much as possible, they helped make it a light-hearted, fun and rewarding experience.
If you have the slightest desire to help grow capacity in your colleagues this course is the best start you can get.

Ivan Jensen

One of this year’s biggest challenges for me was an agile team-startup with 20+ people including managers, product owners and development team members. The coaching skills I have acquired during two meeting cycles in the Lyra Mentor Group and the great direct support on all levels from my group where key for me to master the startup workshop and finally made it a full success. The meeting agenda and activities where based on the group needs model which I have learned about practically and theoretically in my group. This conceptional framework proved to be an essential cornerstone to navigate thru this startup-phase.

Stefan Haas

I just completed the Coaching Agile Teams Course in San Francisco. I can’t express enough how much I appreciated all the information that was shared. Not only did Lyssa honor her book in the course she also added great examples that brought home the message and techniques even more. I greatly appreciated her ability to correlate her techniques to real world scenarios that provided insight on how to scale across organizations at enterprise level.
The next day after class I participated in my Team’s Retrospective and Planning sessions. Unfortuantely, due to the prior Sprint not going as well the Team would have liked, we addressed a number of challenging subjects. I received feedback that it was one of the best we’ve ever had. The Team attributed our collective success to the energy I brought back from the course and I couldn’t agree more. Great class.

Ted St.Clair

After the first day I did not want to come back to class for the second day… I wanted to go apply what I had learned with my coaching clients!

Joseph Flahiff

I recently completed the Coaching Agile Teams class in Boston. Lyssa did an excellent job presenting the material, facilitating the exercises, and creating a supportive and fun environment to learn and grow. Lyssa helped us tackle real-world problems and build our personal backlogs for continued learning after the class. I found the two-days very rewarding and have already applied techniques learned in the class with my team. I plan on taking the second part of this training. I highly recommend this class to Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches!

Ryan Fullmer

I want to thank you again for such a wonderful experience in your Coaching Agile Teams workshop – I found you and Michael to be very inspirational and I not only walked away with SO much information, but I truly believe I have a new attitude and approach that will hopefully allow me and my team to be much more successful with our Scrum implementation!

Courtney Kauzens

I attended Lyssa and Leslie’s Facilitation course and Lyssa and Micheal’s Coaching Agile Teams course in the same week.
It was such a blast! I have learned sooo much and as a new agile coach I think this has set me up amazingly for future success.

Thank you all so much for the opportunity!

😀

Megan

P.S. These courses were in New Zealand! So all you Kiwi’s out there who want to gain a wealth of ideas and new perspectives, you can!

Megan Styles

I had the honor of taking The Agile Facilitator course in a local venue. (Note: I have taken the CAT 2-day course in the past). While the content wasn’t as life changing as the Coaching Agile Teams material, it was something that I could put to immediate use after the course. In fact, the day after the course I started utilizing a lot of the tools and primers that were provided and was able to step back from leading meetings and truly take on the facilitator’s role.

Was it uncomfortable – yes, however, the class provided not only the tools, but the in-person training and in class exercises provided a high level of confidence in order to take these and put them into action.

I left the class feeling empowered to create the container and allow the team to create the content.

Aaron Corcoran

I found the Agile Facilitator course the most beneficial professional course I have attended. It has influenced my personal relationships as well as professional. My new year resolutions were inspired by the insights I gained on the course and I am continuing to make progress in several areas.

This year I began my new management role and I am using a much better approach with the team equipped with the knowledge I have gained.

Michael and Lyssa provide a stimulating, challenging, and enjoyable environment. I highly recommend this course.

Teresa McCallum

Managing Agile Environments. I had the privilege of taking this course with the two Michael’s in September of 2015. The course starts with a shift in focus for managers – from ‘managing results’ to ‘creating an environment for high performing results’. The course introduces the Integral Agile Framework as a structure for understanding different aspects of creating an environment. The course introduced a number of different practices for each area of the Integral model. What I found so powerful about the course was that it provide a framework for me to integrate many of my existing practices around Agile Management.

Sellers Smith

Managing Agile Environments. I had the privilege of taking this course with the two Michael’s in September of 2015. The course starts with a shift in focus for managers – from ‘managing results’ to ‘creating an environment for high performing results’. The course introduces the Integral Agile Framework as a structure for understanding different aspects of creating an environment. The course introduced a number of different practices for each area of the Integral model. What I found so powerful about the course was that it provide a framework for me to integrate many of my existing practices around Agile Management.

Sellers Smith

A most thought provoking course. I came away with new insights and a new way of looking at our agile environment. For me, this has been the course that has been missing in agile.

If you are a manager or leader about to embark on the agile journey, or already on the journey then I could not recommend this course enough.

Ross Metcalfe

I was fortunate enough to attend the ‘Managing Agile Environments’ course with Michael Spayd and Michael Hamman recently. I highly recommend this course – it joined so many dots for me. As a PO I found it really useful as Agile at a team level is working well for us, it’s the layer above and beyond where things are harder.

This course provided me with better context of how a business runs (systems thinking) and has given me a very useful framework to reference that can help me navigate my way through the system (for the betterment of all in it 🙂 and help me be part of and lead Agile transformations in business.

I also did the ‘Agile Facilitation’ course with Lyssa and Michael a few years ago (yes we are lucky they have been to NZ twice now). It completely changed the way I worked and gave me a completely new perspective and approach to meetings and work in general.

Louise Holden

I also attended the Agile Coaching class back in March. In that regard, because there is some overlap with some of what we learned and the activities, I think from an economic standpoint that a person should choose one or the other based on role. I’m glad I took both, and certainly if economics isn’t a factor then I would recommend taking both. I would think you would want to spread it out like I did to get maximum benefit so that those parts that overlap are a refresher to the individual after some time has passed. But certainly if you could only choose one then I would recommend that you choose Agile Coaching if you are a scrum master, and the Managing Agile Environments if you are in a management type role. I thought it was really great that both classes taught the Arc of coaching as well as the levels of listening. Both very beneficial for both roles. And probably the most valuable things I learned from both courses.

Each section of the class hits on a different aspect of being a manager. In the leadership section of the class, instead of looking outward, we start looking inward. It is no longer just us listening to what is being said, but really taking a hard look at who each of us is as a person. Armed with the powerful questions, it really makes each one of us powerful influencers through coaching. I loved this in the Agile Coaching class and enjoyed getting a refresher in Managing Agile.

The Structures and Systems section was good in that it focused on stuff that I can do. The tools and techniques demonstrated were great. And I liked the analytical thinking it invoked.

The Culture and Relationships section had some repeats from the Agile Coaching. But, I think it was presented in a different enough way to keep it interesting. Those that had never heard it before I think definitely enjoyed it.

Specific feedback for Managing Agile Environments: I did feel that the first half of the class on day one about Processes and Practices was a little slow. After a while, I did kind of wonder what exactly I was going to learn from the class. Maybe part of the problem was that most of the material for this section was stuff I was already very aware of and it didn’t really go very deep into the topics. I didn’t really have a take-away from this section.

I also like in both classes how you were a pair of instructors instead of just one person. This really seems to work well to keep the class flowing as well as to keep the insights to the class a constant.

Again, a really great class! I’m glad I got to be a part.

Jon Race

After attending “Coaching agile teams” in 2012 my expectations for this class were high. Still, I got more than I had hoped for! In the end of this 2 day class, I could actually coach the client to get some profound insights about themselves, just by allowing them to explore themselves. It was really amazing to see how the client would shift from low to high energy and really find their way forward, while I felt more like a spectator rather than a guide. I was also surprised by how much I would feed of the clients energy when coaching, when I finally managed to tune in and really listen to the client. This class has given me the tools to really make a difference, by allowing me to help so many others help themselves.

Johan Stenmark

I attended the “Coaching Stance in June and it was an amazing 2 day experience.
This course showed me some great skills to improve our profession of software development and some great skills for my life.
Thank you very much!

Starting to practice just now, and looking forward to the 1st “dance with the client”

Peter Gfader

It has been almost two months since I participated in The Coaching Stance. Since then my approach as scrum master and agile coach has shifted subtly, though changes have been substantial. Prior to the course, I often got caught in solving problems for the teams and individuals I work with. By focusing on the people instead, not only are the solutions driven by those closest to them and thus a better fit, my internal pace is far more sustainable. To get chemical: rather than being a reactive agent that is changed, I have become simply the catalyst. As a result difficult conversations become more approachable and collectively we are able to gain positive traction in areas that have historically blocked us and I am able to accomplish more with the same effort.

I cannot speak highly enough of the instruction, fellow students, format, and perhaps most importantly, the presence Michael and Cynthia embodied. For this work is not something outside of ourselves; to fully benefit we must engage with our entire being, which is well-modeled by the instructors. It is here that the work quickly spills out of the professional sphere to change us deeply and positively impact every relationship and interaction. It is not an overstatement to suggest this is a life-changing experience if we allow it to be.

Kevin Callahan

In a world where everything seems to be a rush to the finish line, Michael and David stood out in their mantra to slow down. The value of learning (being reminded) that the true help occurs not in getting to the destination but in how one gets there was invaluable.

Thank you for the help to find the path under my feet and not to worry about the path on the other side of the mountain ahead.

Joel Bancroft-Connors

I’ve been in the Agile space and coaching for the past 11 years and like many coaches out there my training has been on-the-job. I’ve taken several “Lean-Agile” practitioner classes, read many books and blogs, participated in and spoken at Agile conferences over the years, but I HAVE NOT taken any professional coach training courses until The Coaching Stance class. Lyssa, Michael, and Cynthia have put together an excellent class that all coaches should attend. The class is fun, thought provoking, and full of hands on coaching. They incorporate fundamentals from the co-active coaching model and systems coaching into the Agile space that provide attendees real world experience and tools they can take back to their companies and apply immediately. Whether you’re an experienced Agile coach or just getting started, you will walk away from this class with new tools, new ideas, and most importantly new friends and colleagues you can collaborate with on your journey.

John Nicol

The Coaching Stance has had an unimaginable impact on my life. I view people in a different way. This experience has changed how I coach, communicate, and collaborate with every person I come in contact with. I absolutely recommend this course. I have taken both the Coaching Agile Teams and the Coaching Stances courses. The Coaching Stance is a deeper dive into coaching and you gain a lot of actual coaching experience. I encourage anyone considering taking the course to go for it!!!

Haley

The Coaching Stance was a very eye opening experience. The co-active coaching model has changed my approach to coaching. Thank you to Michael and Cynthia for such a great experience.

Chris Martin

Coaching Stance training has deeply impacted my ability to listen, get related to my client through alliance, and ask powerful questions, while keeping only the client’s interest/agenda in mind. This is a powerful skill that can be applied to every area of my life. Thank you for making us “agents of transformation.”

Latha Swamy

This was THE most powerful learning experience, giving me the tools I need to achieve my goal of transforming my work. I now have the tools that will make me a better coach and and more effective employee.

Ted Young

I received the power of not being myself through self-management.
I was inspired by the other coaches’ caring, dedication, honesty, and intelligence.
Got great tools for handling complaints and resistance, which will empower me to transform.
Great opportunity to practice real coaching in a safe but frank space.

Dennis Britton

The coaching stance is an indispensable piece of knowledge for an Agile Coach.
A profound shift in who I am as an agile coach.
A new world of agile coaching come into view.
A profound understanding of the heart of being an Agile Coach.

Aaron Suedmeyer

Opening to possibilities of how Agile Stance can be taken to all aspects of life and work. How beingness can be created by seeing the connection between coaching stance and coaching practices.

Bachan Anand

The Coaching Stance made a profound impact on my power to make the difference in many, many realms. As a strategist, I am now empowered to cause partnership with management teams and boards. With what I got from this, as a leader, I will be able to create spaces for agile approaches to work in corporations where the agile approach is currently being resisted by the corporate anti-bodies.

John Lowe

I found it very useful and relevant for transformation of our Scrum teams. I have the necessary tools and awareness to really be an effective program manager.

Robert Hu

Now I am ready to move into practice on coaching. Coming into the class I was hoping to practice some co-active style coaching. Leaving the class, I am prepared, equipped and ready to actually coach — to move into practice without training wheels! Of course, I will be letting people know I am still a beginner!

Margaret Motamed

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67 Comments
  • Sofia Woloschin
    Posted at 23:04h, 09 December

    I was so immensely lucky to attend a Coaching Agile Teams course in San Francisco last November.

    It gave me so many approaches and tools and views … it was a rich and nourishing and fulfilling 3 days that I will never forget. I wrote extensively about the impact in my personal view of my career here: http://www.workplayinspire.com.au/?p=168 (sending it to linkedin too, for a bit of advertising 😉 )
    Something I didn’t mention in my post is that I also felt and continue to feel some pain. There’s pain in the acknowledging of my flaws as a person; in my realisation (again and again) of those things that don’t work with people, that resonate very negatively and that I MUST change.
    I’m now doing some personal coaching / mentoring trying to handle those things and to move from awareness to action.
    Those three days with David and Michael only confirmed that the fulfillment of helping other people it is worth that I keep trying hard to improve myself.
    Thank you!

  • Sellers Smith
    Posted at 11:16h, 15 November

    Managing Agile Environments. I had the privilege of taking this course with the two Michael’s in September of 2015. The course starts with a shift in focus for managers – from ‘managing results’ to ‘creating an environment for high performing results’. The course introduces the Integral Agile Framework as a structure for understanding different aspects of creating an environment. The course introduced a number of different practices for each area of the Integral model. What I found so powerful about the course was that it provide a framework for me to integrate many of my existing practices around Agile Management.

  • Darren Smith
    Posted at 15:54h, 11 November

    I’ve read a lot of books; been to many meet-ups; experienced many work situations; observed countless agile (coaches/leaders/experts) but one 3-day course with Lyssa and Michael has opened my eyes to what it truly means to be an agile coach. Thank you so much for this experience. I feel transformed.

  • Jim Hooper
    Posted at 14:05h, 10 November

    Have just finished the Coaching Agile Teams course in London and am blown away by the course, the format and the facilitators (Lyssa and Michael S) who were simply contagious. Seriously opened up my eyes to the true meaning of a coach versus mentor and how I can improve to the benefit of those I coach. Will be recommending this as a mandatory course at my organisation for all future coaches and cannot wait to join up again with you to further my education!

  • Simon Powers
    Posted at 15:50h, 09 November

    Last week Lyssa and Michael elevated the consciousness of London significantly by running the Coaching Agile Teams 3.0 class and by presenting at the Adventures with Agile community meetup.
    Both sessions have had a profound impact on those who attended, with attendees having many ‘aha’ moments about things that have previously seemed unsolvable and in the realm of the subconscious.
    It has been an honour to watch Lyssa and Michael in action and to see the deep changes in those who attended.
    I have written a full review of the class here: http://www.adventureswithagile.com/a-review-of-the-3-day-coaching-agile-teams-workshop-with-lyssa-adkins-and-michael-spayd/

    You can watch the London evening event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyoDhdRKgiY

    You can follow coaching insights from the course here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/CoachingInsight

    Thank you Lyssa and Michael!

  • Rakesh Patel
    Posted at 07:02h, 09 November

    3 days of Lyssa and Michael, sharing great skills and techniques for managing teams in complex environments as well as key team and individual coaching and mentor approaches. The course was full of energy using real scenarios, and also picked up some really important facilitation tips.

  • Ghida Choukair
    Posted at 15:50h, 14 October

    Wow! You walk in one person and you leave a completely different much better person. I cannot believe the amount of learning that you do in the Agile Coaching Boot Camp. The energy, the engagement, the professional approach to teaching that Lyssa Adkins, Michael Spayd and Michael Hamman demonstrate is beyond amazing. No words can describe it, highly recommended!

  • Huet Landry
    Posted at 09:05h, 27 August

    I attended Lyssa and Michael’s Agile Coaching class in May. It was wonderful to be in a class where everyone was a teacher and a learner. The energy in the class was tremendous and helped me to sharpen coaching skills that have been very useful in the past eight weeks of a new ScrumMaster/Coach position. In the past, I flowed smoothly back and forth among the Teacher/Mentor/Coach roles, but without conscious intent. Working with others in this class to make conscious plans about which “stance” to take has made a tremendous change in my impact on others.

  • Ross Metcalfe
    Posted at 16:28h, 26 August

    Managing Agile Environments
    A most thought provoking course. I came away with new insights and a new way of looking at our agile environment. For me, this has been the course that has been missing in agile.

    If you are a manager or leader about to embark on the agile journey, or already on the journey then I could not recommend this course enough.

  • Megan Styles
    Posted at 17:52h, 22 August

    I attended Lyssa and Leslie’s Facilitation course and Lyssa and Micheal’s Coaching Agile Teams course in the same week.
    It was such a blast! I have learned sooo much and as a new agile coach I think this has set me up amazingly for future success.

    Thank you all so much for the opportunity!

    😀

    Megan

    P.S. These courses were in New Zealand! So all you Kiwi’s out there who want to gain a wealth of ideas and new perspectives, you can!

  • Louise Holden
    Posted at 22:32h, 21 August

    I was fortunate enough to attend the ‘Managing Agile Environments’ course with Michael Spayd and Michael Hamman recently. I highly recommend this course – it joined so many dots for me. As a PO I found it really useful as Agile at a team level is working well for us, it’s the layer above and beyond where things are harder.

    This course provided me with better context of how a business runs (systems thinking) and has given me a very useful framework to reference that can help me navigate my way through the system (for the betterment of all in it 🙂 and help me be part of and lead Agile transformations in business.

    I also did the ‘Agile Facilitation’ course with Lyssa and Michael a few years ago (yes we are lucky they have been to NZ twice now). It completely changed the way I worked and gave me a completely new perspective and approach to meetings and work in general.

  • Jon Race
    Posted at 10:01h, 11 June

    Managing Agile Environments
    I also attended the Agile Coaching class back in March. In that regard, because there is some overlap with some of what we learned and the activities, I think from an economic standpoint that a person should choose one or the other based on role. I’m glad I took both, and certainly if economics isn’t a factor then I would recommend taking both. I would think you would want to spread it out like I did to get maximum benefit so that those parts that overlap are a refresher to the individual after some time has passed. But certainly if you could only choose one then I would recommend that you choose Agile Coaching if you are a scrum master, and the Managing Agile Environments if you are in a management type role. I thought it was really great that both classes taught the Arc of coaching as well as the levels of listening. Both very beneficial for both roles. And probably the most valuable things I learned from both courses.

    Each section of the class hits on a different aspect of being a manager. In the leadership section of the class, instead of looking outward, we start looking inward. It is no longer just us listening to what is being said, but really taking a hard look at who each of us is as a person. Armed with the powerful questions, it really makes each one of us powerful influencers through coaching. I loved this in the Agile Coaching class and enjoyed getting a refresher in Managing Agile.

    The Structures and Systems section was good in that it focused on stuff that I can do. The tools and techniques demonstrated were great. And I liked the analytical thinking it invoked.

    The Culture and Relationships section had some repeats from the Agile Coaching. But, I think it was presented in a different enough way to keep it interesting. Those that had never heard it before I think definitely enjoyed it.

    Specific feedback for Managing Agile Environments: I did feel that the first half of the class on day one about Processes and Practices was a little slow. After a while, I did kind of wonder what exactly I was going to learn from the class. Maybe part of the problem was that most of the material for this section was stuff I was already very aware of and it didn’t really go very deep into the topics. I didn’t really have a take-away from this section.

    I also like in both classes how you were a pair of instructors instead of just one person. This really seems to work well to keep the class flowing as well as to keep the insights to the class a constant.

    Again, a really great class! I’m glad I got to be a part.

  • Anjali Leon
    Posted at 09:06h, 27 April

    Agile Coach Bootcamp
    As I mark the one year anniversary of attending the Agile Coach Boot Camp in San Francisco, I cannot thank Lyssa, Michael, and ACI enough for the incredible experience and what it has enabled me to do.

    Today, I coach teams and facilitate agile workshops / working sessions and absolutely relish what I am doing. Words cannot express how much I learned in that boot camp. I am still in awe of the wealth of information that was covered in those five days. The many tools and techniques that it added to my tool set help me adapt to the often completely unexpected situations I find myself in! This last one was conducting an Agile Team workshop in the living room of a lodge on the outskirts of Madison, WI – no projector, no WiFi – just me and a room full of engaged people.

    Lyssa and Michael, thank you both for what you do to enable us coaches to do our work well, to influence the way work gets done, and to do our part in, if I can paraphrase from one of Lyssa’s bimonthly inspirations, ‘transforming our organizations into more just, sustainable and thriving workplaces!’

    Look forward to my next learning experience through ACI.

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  • Angie Prince
    Posted at 11:16h, 14 March

    Coaching Agile Teams:
    I recently completed the Coaching Agile Teams class with Lyssa and Michael Spayd. in Atlanta, GA. There simply are no words that can describe the powerful and positive impact this experience had on me. Spending 3 days immersed in the objectives of agile coaching has changed both my professional and personal life by providing a whole new perspective on relationships and human interactions. In our complex organizations, the hustle and bustle of daily operations, and the traditional ways of reaching objectives further complicates our roles as Agile Coaches (in whatever capacity that may be), and champions of the Agile mindset. I left this course feeling energized and better prepared to be the servant leader my teams and organization need me to be. I plan to share my new perspective with others on a continuous basis, so that they too can benefit from my experience, as well as support and expand my own learning me as I practice my new Agile coaching skills.
    Most importantly, I have found in Lyssa and Michael the type of person/professional I most aspire to be; a great student who learns from amazing teachers, and gives back to others who aspire to be great students. My personal experience with Lyssa (one that I will never forget) helped highlight the options I didn’t know existed. I am currently making plans to attend many of the other courses (The Coaching Stance, Managing Agile Environments, The Agile Facilitator), because I have now realized that all classes with a similar name are simply not equal. I truly only recommend those from Coaching Agile Institute.
    Thank you Lyssa, Michael, and all the students I had the honor of learning with, for creating a “we” space that I will never forget.

  • Fozan Zahoor
    Posted at 09:22h, 20 January

    Agile Coach Bootcamp
    This is by far the best training I have ever had. The experience was unforgettable. Michael Spayd, Lyssa and Michael Hamman (aka Dr. Space) were all great teachers. I have now recommended this bootcamp highly at my company so more people can benefit from it.

    They claim that you will leave as a different person is 100% true, I enjoyed the course thoroughly and made some great friends which I am still in touch with. If you are someone like me who has the knowledge of scrum and wants to be a good coach or understand what coaching is all about, this is the best training out there to attend.

    Everything about this is unique the training, the location and the food and teaching style is just top notch. Thank you Lyssa, Michael and Michael, you have truly made a great impact on me and helped me boost my confidence as a coach.

  • Chris O'Connor
    Posted at 17:22h, 16 October

    Agile Coach Bootcamp
    Agile Bootcamp Sep 2014, just Awesome! The class was amazing, superior training delivered with incredible credibility and authenticity from people who are passionate about Agile & Coaching! Great to now have a professional perspective on what it means to be an Agile Coach. They set the bar high, but give you the tools to get you there. A wonderful experience shared with colleagues from across the community who became friends, and who now support each other to become great Agile Coaches! Thank you Lyssa, Michael and Michael.

  • Lucas
    Posted at 15:31h, 07 October

    Agile Coach Bootcamp
    Participation in the 5 day course at a venue away from your local environment will create the opportunity for a sometimes uncomfortable, but always well worth it, transformation in your ability to lead in an Agile environment.

    Local participation may leave you with some skills but the immersion designed into the retreat will take you on a journey which deepens your understanding of Agile, Coaching and working with organizations to achieve the maximum benefit.

  • Matthieu Cornillon
    Posted at 16:12h, 29 September

    Coaching Agile Teams
    One of the best educational experiences of my life. Even less than two weeks out of the training, it is difficult to overstate how much impact this training has already had on me both professionally and personally. Using the Agile Coaching Framework, Lyssa and Michael took Agile Coaching from being something I wandered through based on guesswork to a trade comprising a palette of specific skills. I already feel crisper in my application of each skill and more deft in switching between them appropriately. They balanced this clarity with openness to exploration, thereby avoiding crushing out the myriad subtleties the role encounters. Through many exercises, they taught us to use an array of very powerful tools. Finally, while keeping a sense of humor, Michael and Lyssa modeled a solemnity commensurate with the importance and difficulty of this role. I cannot recommend this course more highly to anyone working as an Agile Coach. To be honest, when I look back at what I was doing before the training, I am a little embarrassed. It’s like I was driving around offering surgical services out of my station wagon with no medical training. Now at least I know to sterilize the car!

  • Johan Stenmark
    Posted at 03:24h, 29 July

    The Coaching Stance
    After attending “Coaching agile teams” in 2012 my expectations for this class were high. Still, I got more than I had hoped for! In the end of this 2 day class, I could actually coach the client to get some profound insights about themselves, just by allowing them to explore themselves. It was really amazing to see how the client would shift from low to high energy and really find their way forward, while I felt more like a spectator rather than a guide. I was also surprised by how much I would feed of the clients energy when coaching, when I finally managed to tune in and really listen to the client. This class has given me the tools to really make a difference, by allowing me to help so many others help themselves.

  • Aaron Corcoran
    Posted at 12:13h, 10 July

    The Agile Facilitator
    I had the honor of taking The Agile Facilitator course in a local venue. (Note: I have taken the CAT 2-day course in the past). While the content wasn’t as life changing as the Coaching Agile Teams material, it was something that I could put to immediate use after the course. In fact, the day after the course I started utilizing a lot of the tools and primers that were provided and was able to step back from leading meetings and truly take on the facilitator’s role.

    Was it uncomfortable – yes, however, the class provided not only the tools, but the in-person training and in class exercises provided a high level of confidence in order to take these and put them into action.

    I left the class feeling empowered to create the container and allow the team to create the content.

  • Mariya Breyter
    Posted at 22:32h, 15 April

    Agile Coach Bootcamp
    When I registered for the boot camp, I had specific learning objectives in mind: I wanted to improve my presentation and facilitation skills, and become a better coach by providing meaningful feedback and becoming a better listener. After I attended the boot camp, I understood that comparing with Agile terminology, my learning objectives looked like “I want to master Agile by learning what are the Agile ceremonies, what are the roles of team members, and how to calculate velocity” not addressing values or principles of Agile. Similarly, when going to the boot camp, I was looking for specific knowledge in both facilitation and coaching, but found life experience and new vision instead.

    The boot camp was far from a traditional training session where there is a list of topics, which are being “covered”. This was a life experience, transformational in its nature, which made me a better coach and a better person. I learned everything I wanted and more, but the most important part of my experience is that it made me a more confident, more tolerant, more flexible person, and just a better human being. In 5 days, Lyssa, Michael S., Michael H. showed me and others how to look at human interactions from a different perspective; and the encouragement and support from Leslie Stein made me believe that everything is possible.

    Since I returned from the boot camp, I use the newly acquired vision daily, and I have noticed that people treat me differently, they listen to me differently, and I listen to them in a new way and understand their needs on a different level now. I feel empowered and energized, and the only difficult part about this boot camp is that I miss my new friends that I met there and I hope we will stay in touch and support each other for many years ahead.

    • Leslie Stein
      Posted at 20:27h, 16 April

      This testimonial just put a HUGE smile on my face, Mariya!!! You were such a joy to work with and your willingness to learn was amazing!! I feel so honored to know you and be part of your journey & look forward to staying connected to watch you keep discovering that everything indeed IS possible!!! 🙂

      Go get ’em White Tiger!!!!!!

      Big hugs,
      Leslie

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  • Nitin Khanna
    Posted at 10:43h, 15 February

    Coaching Agile Teams
    I recently took the 3-day “Coaching Agile Teams” with Lysaa and Michael. Not only was it an eye-opener, but also offered me some techniques which could be used immediately. Besides the insights, the tools gave me instant gratification and I could also see a change with some colleagues.

    One will also find the students in the class establishing close ties and avail of an opportunity to find peers willing to support each other.

    What one may not find —
    A complete solution to some of the challenges we all endure. There was also no teaching of Agile practices so familiarity with at least 1 Agile practice is recommended (E.g. Scrum).

    While you will find a roadmap established for yourself, the journey will truly be yours. Journey on! I recommend this course for all Agile practitioners.

  • Sean Rich
    Posted at 09:05h, 10 February

    Agile Coach Bootcamp
    Like I told Lyssa and Michael, the Agile Coaching Bootcamp that I attended in September continues to be the experience that provides me the most value in my role and in my day-to-day life. It’s one of the best designed, best delivered courses I’ve experienced. In reality, it transcends the traditional concept of course and should instead be described as an experience.

  • Teresa McCallum
    Posted at 04:30h, 01 February

    The Agile Facilitator
    I found the Agile Facilitator course the most beneficial professional course I have attended. It has influenced my personal relationships as well as professional. My new year resolutions were inspired by the insights I gained on the course and I am continuing to make progress in several areas.

    This year I began my new management role and I am using a much better approach with the team equipped with the knowledge I have gained.

    Michael and Lyssa provide a stimulating, challenging, and enjoyable environment. I highly recommend this course.

  • Craig Smith
    Posted at 14:47h, 26 December

    Coaching Agile Teams
    It was a pleasure to finally get Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd down to Australia to run their 2 day Coaching Agile Teams course. Having enjoyed some of their short workshops at Agile 200x conferences, I knew that the course would be an essential addition to my coaching toolkit. What transpired was 2 days of intense learning and thought provokion. It was as much learning new skills and techniques as well as learning from their own style of delivering a course. Anybody who considers themselves an Agile Coach must consider learning from Lyssa and Michael!

  • Lisa Wright
    Posted at 10:27h, 16 November

    Agile Coach Boot Camp
    The first thing I want to say is….you MUST take this course if you ever have to “run” a meeting. Because when you do you will never “run” a meeting again. The skills, tools and techniques learned to facilitate a meeting in this course are amazing and readily applicable. All you have to do is remember ‘POWER’ (okay there is a little more to it than that)! I realized there are some skills you need to effectively facilitate a meeting, rather than just have an agenda. Lyssa and Michael are awesome teachers and coaches and they don’t just talk the talk, but they walk the walk and teach by example, the skills they helped us to learn. The Agile Coaching part of the course was just as transformational as it doesn’t just teach skills for the business world, but skills and techniques to your everyday life. You will see and feel a difference in yourself changing throughout the week and by the last day finding yourself a bit sad that it’s all over.

    Sometimes it wasn’t easy and well, that’s why it’s called boot camp because it stretched us! If you want easy go take a course that is simply being ‘taught’ in a boring class room setting go somewhere else. They raise the bar on any training course I will ever consider taking again.

    Our group had a truly amazing bonding and learning experience like none I’ve ever seen with a large group of people that had never met before. From the hands on exercises and the bonding around the campfire on a chilly fall night and the “Chubby Bunny” and pumpkin painting contests on Halloween. It was an wonderful experience I will never forget and friendships were forged that will be ongoing.

    This course is one of a kind in all ways..if you are considering taking it, don’t hesitate and sign up for a class!

  • Lisa LaBonte
    Posted at 13:04h, 04 November

    Agile Coach Boot Camp
    WOW. I just completed the Agile Bootcamp; 2 days of Agile Facilitator and 3 days for Agile Coach. Hands down the best training I have received in my 20+ years worklife. Incredible content, amazing teachers. I learned so much about my own “stance” and others perceptions. I have already begun to recommend this course to others. Blew me away – you guys are incredible. Thank you!! Lis

  • Jim L
    Posted at 15:27h, 08 October

    Agile Coach Boot Camp
    I just finished the full 5-day course, which included The Agile Facilitator and Coaching Agile Teams. It was a great experience, going deep into the content for both areas. Besides the incredible number of practical tools and skills, the best aspect for me was the feeling that Lyssa, Michael and Leslie were “pulling back the curtain” to show the real professional strength of these skills. I have already started using them with my teams.

  • Beth Miller
    Posted at 13:05h, 07 October

    Agile Coach Boot Camp
    I just wanted to thank you all so much for leading the facilitation and coaching training last week for Capital One. I gained a lot of insight into the techniques needed for facilitation as well as coaching. I would love to help co-facilitate with you in the future if you eve need any assistance, so please feel free to reach out if you need any help.

    Thanks and hope to see you all in the future!
    Beth

  • Peter Gfader
    Posted at 07:09h, 08 June

    The Coaching Stance
    I attended the “Coaching Stance in June and it was an amazing 2 day experience.
    This course showed me some great skills to improve our profession of software development and some great skills for my life.
    Thank you very much!

    Starting to practice just now, and looking forward to the 1st “dance with the client”

  • Aaron Corcoran
    Posted at 14:52h, 14 March

    Coaching Agile Teams
    Taking the Agile Coaching course was one of the best investments I could have made. Talk about an amazing ROI! Not only did I feel like I learned some invaluable tools and techniques to immediate put into action in my career, but I also felt like this two day course was a personal coaching session FOR ME! The things taught in this class should not be limited to just Agile teams, but in any environment where you have to lead in any capacity. The class is interactive, fun, and not your typical sage on a stage type environment.

    I would highly recommend this course and should you want more information from an unbiased account, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  • John M.
    Posted at 22:33h, 13 March

    Coaching Agile Teams
    It’s been just under a month since I took the Coaching Agile Teams course and I wanted to share some thoughts about this great course. I must admit, when I took the course, I had a hard time aligning the Coaching techniques to my very technical software development team and was uncertain as to how the Coaching and Facilitating slice of the Agile Coaching Stance would fit in. However, since attending the course, several opportunities for powerful questions, level 2 (I hope I am at level 2) listening, and even constellations have surfaced. I am appreciative for the perspective the course offered in how to handle these situations and also for the new found ability to recognize circumstances where the previously mentioned techniques are useful.

  • Jen Bennett
    Posted at 16:24h, 28 February

    Coaching Agile Teams
    It has been almost 6 weeks and I continue to leverage many of the concepts from the course. I have enjoyed sharing some of the learning experiences with my colleagues and have seen a fundamental shift for many in our organization. I continue to learn as I utilize many of the techniques of coaching and have even had people say things like “this is the first time in my career that someone has taken me through such an exploration”. Kudos to Lyssa and Michael for putting together a great course and engaging the audience like no other instructors I have experienced. I truly enjoyed the training and am enjoying using it in my coaching within the team. Many thanks once again to Lyssa and Michael! This is the first course that I actually felt like emailing the instructors several weeks after the course had completed. It has truly impacted me in a way an email can probably only begin to express!

  • Kevin Callahan
    Posted at 10:28h, 07 January

    The Coaching Stance
    It has been almost two months since I participated in The Coaching Stance. Since then my approach as scrum master and agile coach has shifted subtly, though changes have been substantial. Prior to the course, I often got caught in solving problems for the teams and individuals I work with. By focusing on the people instead, not only are the solutions driven by those closest to them and thus a better fit, my internal pace is far more sustainable. To get chemical: rather than being a reactive agent that is changed, I have become simply the catalyst. As a result difficult conversations become more approachable and collectively we are able to gain positive traction in areas that have historically blocked us and I am able to accomplish more with the same effort.

    I cannot speak highly enough of the instruction, fellow students, format, and perhaps most importantly, the presence Michael and Cynthia embodied. For this work is not something outside of ourselves; to fully benefit we must engage with our entire being, which is well-modeled by the instructors. It is here that the work quickly spills out of the professional sphere to change us deeply and positively impact every relationship and interaction. It is not an overstatement to suggest this is a life-changing experience if we allow it to be.

  • Johan Stenmark
    Posted at 12:48h, 26 November

    Coaching Agile Teams
    Lyssa and Michael really opened up a new world to me in this class. They gave me the tools that I didn’t know I was lacking, and most of all the tools that I really needed.

  • Sue Shreve
    Posted at 12:27h, 14 November

    Leading from the Next Level
    Lyssa and Michael’s course “Leading from the Next Level” is outstanding! This course is a natural progression in the series they offer. Coaching is not about training louder (thank you Michael for that quote) nor is it about using Command-and-Control to stamp out Command-and-Control. This course teaches Agile leadership through the lens of the system. I highly recommend it. Also, it was a joy being in the company of the level of Coaches that Lyssa and Michael’s classes attract.

  • Joel Bancroft-Connors
    Posted at 23:34h, 01 April

    The Coaching Stance
    In a world where everything seems to be a rush to the finish line, Michael and David stood out in their mantra to slow down. The value of learning (being reminded) that the true help occurs not in getting to the destination but in how one gets there was invaluable.

    Thank you for the help to find the path under my feet and not to worry about the path on the other side of the mountain ahead.

  • John Nicol
    Posted at 09:36h, 12 March

    The Coaching Stance
    I’ve been in the Agile space and coaching for the past 11 years and like many coaches out there my training has been on-the-job. I’ve taken several “Lean-Agile” practitioner classes, read many books and blogs, participated in and spoken at Agile conferences over the years, but I HAVE NOT taken any professional coach training courses until The Coaching Stance class. Lyssa, Michael, and Cynthia have put together an excellent class that all coaches should attend. The class is fun, thought provoking, and full of hands on coaching. They incorporate fundamentals from the co-active coaching model and systems coaching into the Agile space that provide attendees real world experience and tools they can take back to their companies and apply immediately. Whether you’re an experienced Agile coach or just getting started, you will walk away from this class with new tools, new ideas, and most importantly new friends and colleagues you can collaborate with on your journey.

  • Haley
    Posted at 21:02h, 11 March

    The Coaching Stance
    The Coaching Stance has had an unimaginable impact on my life. I view people in a different way. This experience has changed how I coach, communicate, and collaborate with every person I come in contact with. I absolutely recommend this course. I have taken both the Coaching Agile Teams and the Coaching Stances courses. The Coaching Stance is a deeper dive into coaching and you gain a lot of actual coaching experience. I encourage anyone considering taking the course to go for it!!!

  • Chris Martin
    Posted at 14:56h, 08 March

    The Coaching Stance
    The Coaching Stance was a very eye opening experience. The co-active coaching model has changed my approach to coaching. Thank you to Michael and Cynthia for such a great experience.

  • David Sabine
    Posted at 12:56h, 10 February

    Coaching Agile Teams
    Michael Spayd helped me to develop and confirm a vision towards excellence in my role as Product Owner.

  • David Hainish
    Posted at 12:55h, 10 February

    Coaching Agile Teams
    This course is … A natural progression to becoming Agile.

  • Chris Leslie
    Posted at 12:54h, 10 February

    Coaching Agile Teams
    I highly recommend the agile coach training course. If you are a leader, or looking to take any leadership position on an agile team this course is a must-have followup to any base agile training.

  • Sean Glover
    Posted at 12:38h, 10 February

    Coaching Agile Teams
    The Agile Coaching course facilitated by Lyssa and Michael opened my eyes to the huge scope of what it means to be an Agile coach. I will be processing the material for a while, but I hope to launch into implementation of these concepts ASAP.

  • Shanly Suepaul
    Posted at 11:43h, 10 February

    Coaching Agile Teams
    Lyssa and Michael exposed us to a great toolset and provided a roadmap to develop further.

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  • Ivan Jensen
    Posted at 02:43h, 13 December

    Coaching Agile Teams
    I had previously read the Coaching Agile Teams book cover-to-cover and jumped at the chance to attend the course in Boulder. It was everything I hoped for and more; incredibly fun and intense. Lyssa and Michael’s pair-teaching style was great to experience, they compliment each other exceptionally as they keep the learning experiences coming one after another. I returned to work with and arsenal of actionable advice, invaluable real-world hands-on experience and a set of tools to start applying straight away. The icing on the cake for me were the other attendees. Everyone was fully engaged and looking to learn as much as possible, they helped make it a light-hearted, fun and rewarding experience.
    If you have the slightest desire to help grow capacity in your colleagues this course is the best start you can get.

  • Stefan Haas
    Posted at 06:53h, 07 November

    Lyra Mentor Group
    One of this year’s biggest challenges for me was an agile team-startup with 20+ people including managers, product owners and development team members. The coaching skills I have acquired during two meeting cycles in the Lyra Mentor Group and the great direct support on all levels from my group where key for me to master the startup workshop and finally made it a full success. The meeting agenda and activities where based on the group needs model which I have learned about practically and theoretically in my group. This conceptional framework proved to be an essential cornerstone to navigate thru this startup-phase.

  • Joseph Flahiff
    Posted at 20:07h, 04 October

    Coaching Agile Teams
    After the first day I did not want to come back to class for the second day… I wanted to go apply what I had learned with my coaching clients!

  • Ted Young
    Posted at 09:31h, 15 September

    The Coaching Stance
    This was THE most powerful learning experience, giving me the tools I need to achieve my goal of transforming my work. I now have the tools that will make me a better coach and and more effective employee.

  • Latha Swamy
    Posted at 09:30h, 15 September

    The Coaching Stance
    Coaching Stance training has deeply impacted my ability to listen, get related to my client through alliance, and ask powerful questions, while keeping only the client’s interest/agenda in mind. This is a powerful skill that can be applied to every area of my life. Thank you for making us “agents of transformation.”

  • Dennis Britton
    Posted at 09:26h, 15 September

    The Coaching Stance
    I received the power of not being myself through self-management.
    I was inspired by the other coaches’ caring, dedication, honesty, and intelligence.
    Got great tools for handling complaints and resistance, which will empower me to transform.
    Great opportunity to practice real coaching in a safe but frank space.

  • Aaron Suedmeyer
    Posted at 09:25h, 15 September

    The Coaching Stance
    The coaching stance is an indispensable piece of knowledge for an Agile Coach.
    A profound shift in who I am as an agile coach.
    A new world of agile coaching come into view.
    A profound understanding of the heart of being an Agile Coach.

  • John Lowe
    Posted at 09:24h, 15 September

    The Coaching Stance
    The Coaching Stance made a profound impact on my power to make the difference in many, many realms. As a strategist, I am now empowered to cause partnership with management teams and boards. With what I got from this, as a leader, I will be able to create spaces for agile approaches to work in corporations where the agile approach is currently being resisted by the corporate anti-bodies.

  • Bachan Anand
    Posted at 09:23h, 15 September

    The Coaching Stance
    Opening to possibilities of how Agile Stance can be taken to all aspects of life and work. How beingness can be created by seeing the connection between coaching stance and coaching practices.

  • Robert Hu
    Posted at 09:20h, 15 September

    The Coaching Stance
    I found it very useful and relevant for transformation of our Scrum teams. I have the necessary tools and awareness to really be an effective program manager.

  • Margaret Motamed
    Posted at 09:17h, 15 September

    The Coaching Stance
    Now I am ready to move into practice on coaching. Coming into the class I was hoping to practice some co-active style coaching. Leaving the class, I am prepared, equipped and ready to actually coach — to move into practice without training wheels! Of course, I will be letting people know I am still a beginner!

  • Courtney Kauzens
    Posted at 14:39h, 31 March

    Coaching Agile Teams
    I want to thank you again for such a wonderful experience in your Coaching Agile Teams workshop – I found you and Michael to be very inspirational and I not only walked away with SO much information, but I truly believe I have a new attitude and approach that will hopefully allow me and my team to be much more successful with our Scrum implementation!

  • Ted St.Clair
    Posted at 23:46h, 04 November

    Coaching Agile Teams
    I just completed the Coaching Agile Teams Course in San Francisco. I can’t express enough how much I appreciated all the information that was shared. Not only did Lyssa honor her book in the course she also added great examples that brought home the message and techniques even more. I greatly appreciated her ability to correlate her techniques to real world scenarios that provided insight on how to scale across organizations at enterprise level.
    The next day after class I participated in my Team’s Retrospective and Planning sessions. Unfortuantely, due to the prior Sprint not going as well the Team would have liked, we addressed a number of challenging subjects. I received feedback that it was one of the best we’ve ever had. The Team attributed our collective success to the energy I brought back from the course and I couldn’t agree more. Great class.

  • Del Hagar
    Posted at 08:50h, 18 October

    Coaching Circles
    The agile coaches circle has really been helpful to me. Working with Lyssa and other agile coaches has been an encouragement when going through difficult situations in coaching. Having a group of peers to work with has proven helpful in getting another perspective on the issues that are faced in adopting Agile in a large enterprise.

    Lyssa does a great job of coaching the team so we can improve our coaching skills. She leads by example which is a very effective way to coach.

  • Karen Greaves
    Posted at 02:15h, 15 October

    Coaching Circles
    I joined one of Lyssa’s coaching circles earlier this year, and we’ve kept it going because the learnings have been so rich.
    Agile coaching is hard, and often it is difficult to find peers with the same level of dedication to improvement in your own organisation. Lyssa’s circle has exposed me to a group of peers to share my learnings with and to learn from them. I think that a large amount of the growth I have experienced as a coach this year, has been sparked by this circle.
    I am also constantly amazed by Lyssa’s expert facilitation skills, and the safe space she manages to create telephonically. Observing her in action, helps me understand the kind of behaviour I need to model as a coach. I highly recommend her coaching circles to anyone looking to grow as a coach and a person. Another great thing is that you can join from anywhere in the world. I am thrilled to have access to such an awesome coach, all the way down here in South Africa!

  • Kathy Aragon
    Posted at 10:36h, 23 August

    Coaching Circles
    I just completed a coaching circle with Lyssa and 5 others. We started in May and had six (I think!) hour and a half telephone discussions regarding agile coaching. It was very helpful to me as a newbie SM and coach; there were rich insights, observations, and suggestions. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

  • Ryan Fullmer
    Posted at 18:22h, 06 August

    Coaching Agile Teams
    I recently completed the Coaching Agile Teams class in Boston. Lyssa did an excellent job presenting the material, facilitating the exercises, and creating a supportive and fun environment to learn and grow. Lyssa helped us tackle real-world problems and build our personal backlogs for continued learning after the class. I found the two-days very rewarding and have already applied techniques learned in the class with my team. I plan on taking the second part of this training. I highly recommend this class to Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches!

  • Richard Marks
    Posted at 14:08h, 03 August

    Coaching Circles
    I had the privilege of participating in a 1.5 hour coaching circle that Lyssa led, followed by her book signing and presentation to a large group. Lyssa models a much needed synthesis of practical, nuts and bolts experience with Agile teams, bolstered by her wisdom and huge heart. Her contributions to the fields of Agile and Scrum are much needed, given the importance of the human aspects of technology teams. I heartily recommend Lyssa’s work and her books to all Agile coaches and teams.