Where Do I Start: ScrumMaster & Agile Coach

Q: How do I help my teams succeed with agile?

Agile Team Facilitator

Helping teams succeeding with Agile takes a lot more than teaching them how to do stand-ups and story boards.

Skilled Agile Team Facilitators (ScrumMasters, Kanban Leads, Iteration Managers) have the facilitation skills to make Agile ceremonies REAL work, rather than same-old same-old pointless meetings. They deliver better team functioning and better products through…

  • faster and more creative team conversations
  • yielding clean decisions that have the team truly commit
  • improving team accountability to one another and to their product
  • helping the team really use Agile well by knowing where to take a stand
  • knowing when to step in or step back, and having the self-leadership needed to do so

The Agile Facilitator

The Agile Facilitator is a two and one-half day course (compressed into 2 calendar days) for experienced Agilists who wish to dramatically increase their facilitation skills, especially as applied to Agile ceremonies, collaborative events and other team “moments of truth.” This course will give you ideas for designing meetings so that the team interacts with each other so they do the heavy-lifting and understand how to address some of the dysfunctional behaviors you see preventing your team from achieving maximum success.   This is an intermediate class for Agilists with 3+ months experience working in an Agile environment.

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Your Next Step…

Q: How do I deal with the difficult things that don’t have an Agile “right answer”?

Agile Coach

Past the Agile basics, there are no simple answers and very few “right” answers. Skilled Agile Coaches can do everything an Agile Team Facilitator can do, plus they have the deep understanding of Agile principles and values to know when to flex Agile practices and when to stand firm. They coach teams to build a healthy overall agile capability, evidenced by smooth, frequent and high quality product delivery through…

  • assessing health by clearly seeing the systems in play, within and among teams and at the boundary of the larger organization
  • choosing interventions wisely from their full toolbox of coaching, mentoring, teaching and facilitation skills
  • holding pivotal conversations that tell the hard truth without it being a career limiting move
  • providing impact feedback that helps people move more successfully into their Agile roles

Coaching Agile Teams 3.0

Coaching Agile Teams is a three-day workshop for experienced Agilists who wish to dramatically increase their overall agile coaching skills and effectiveness.  Focusing on the four basic competencies of mentoring, professional coaching, teaching, and facilitation, and the four Integral quadrants: mindset, practices, relationship/culture, and environment.  Honing the professional coaching mindset, working with changes in people, and learning how to be an instrument of change.  Our latest version, Coaching Agile Teams 3.0, is updated and expanded to address the complex environments in which most Agile teams (and Agile Coaches) operate. To attend this course, you must have 6+ months working in an Agile environment.

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Your Next Step…

Competence Cohort for Agile Coaching Mastery

A Rigorous Practice-Based Program for Building Competence and Confidence

The Competence Cohort paves the way to proficiency, culminating in ACI’s first-ever certification, the ACI Certified Teams Transformation Coach™ (CTTC). It is the next step after taking ACI’s classroom learning for those ready to radically expand their capabilities, build solid competence and achieve industry recognized certification. Proficiency in the skills of Agile coaching requires practice. This rigorous 10-month program places an emphasis on practice and feedback opportunities through skill drills, peer coaching, ongoing group work, and one-on-one assessments of actual agile coaching, mentoring, teaching and facilitation sessions. In addition, upon successful completion of your assessments, you will be eligible to attain the ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching Certification (ICE-AC), an important milestone and cause for celebration during the program.

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WhitePaper: Agile Coaching Competencies