The Coaching Stance: Up-shifting Your Agile Coaching

A Two Day Immersion into Professional Coaching Skills for Agile Coaches

Come learn and experience what the world of professional coaching has to offer the Agile Coach. In this course, you will be steeped in the skills and mind-sets of professional coaching while being firmly grounded in our Agile context. Everything is 100% applicable to your real-world situation of coaching Agile teams and organizations and you will both learn and practice, practice, practice throughout the course.

Who Will Benefit from the Class

The Coaching Stance is meant for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, project managers in transition to Agile and managers of Agile teams.

This course is tailor-made for you if:

  • You sense you can have a bigger impact on the people and teams you coach but don’t know how to make it real.
  • You notice that the Agile transition seems to take a step backwards as soon as your turn your back.
  • People, teams, and organizations continue to serve up challenging circumstances that your well-honed skills of mentoring, teaching and consulting don’t completely address.
  • Organizations want the great results of Agile but don’t know how to change themselves to truly get them, and you wonder what skills you can bring to “help them see it” and then, help them get it.
  • You face resistance about Agile from people and teams and have learned that the strategies of ignoring it, muscling through it or compelling people to “just do it” fall short.


You must be a practicing Agilist with at least 6 months of hands-on experience. Ideally, you will also have Certified ScrumMaster or equivalent Agile training.

This is not an introduction-level course and we will not be covering the basics of Agile or Scrum. In addition, you will be asked to use what you know about your real teams throughout the class so that you can leave with ideas for helping them as soon as you get back.

You do not have to complete the Coaching Agile Teams course before taking this course, although it is highly recommended.

Outcomes the Class Will Produce

By the end of this course you’ll walk away with your personal coaching improvement backlog – a tangible plan you can use to thoughtfully improve your coaching when you’re back in your daily circumstances.  We use Agile scenarios throughout the class allowing you to craft powerful ways to address the real world challenges you face.  You’ll also have many new things to try and you will probably depart with a few provocative ideas to chew on (in fact, maybe wrangle with for a while). All of this adds up to your ability to become the excellent Agile Coach your teams and organizations need.

In addition, the class yields:

  • 14 Scrum Alliance SEUs toward the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) level.
  • 14 PMI PDUs.


  • Foundational Coaching Skills. Deep dive into foundational professional coaching skills such as Levels of Listening, Powerful Questions, Articulating What’s Going On, Acknowledgement, Clearing, Self-Management, Finding Values, Curiosity and more.
  • Clear Agreements and Alliances. Designing the coaching alliance with sponsors, managers, teams and team members to get clear agreement abut expectations, culture and behavior.
  • Requesting and Accountability. Making clear requests and achieving the coachee’s accountability.
  • Working with Typical Gnarly Situations. Use coaching skills to work with complaints, resistance and strong emotions.
  • Perspectives and Reframing. Reframing circumstances to move from being stuck into a world of useful possibilities.
  • The Coaching Stance. How to use the Agile Coaching Competency Framework and the Coaching Stance of professional coaches to discern when to use coaching skills versus mentoring, teaching, etc.
  • Arc of the Coaching Conversation. The anatomy of a coaching session (and a lot of practice!).

Foundational Models

  • Select ICF Professional Coach Competencies
  • ACI’s Agile Coaching Competency Model


  • The Coaching Stance yields 14 Scrum Alliance SEUs which you can use toward your Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) or to support your existing Scrum Alliance certifications, such as the CSM. Learn more at the Scrum Alliance.
  • Any learning in Agile is typically acceptable to the Project Management Institute as continuing education. The Coaching Stance yields 14 PDUs that you can claim toward your PMI-ACP or to support your existing PMI certifications, such as the PMP. Learn more at the PMI.


Length: Two days
Hours:  9am to 5pm both days

Morning beverages, lunch, and an afternoon snack is provided both days.