Monday 08 Oct 17:30

The "Being" and "Doing" Work of an Agile Coach - Lyssa Adkins & Michael Spayd

Coach Agile Teams


LEVEL: Intermediate

We will start with mingle at 17.30 and the session begins at 18.00.

Would you like to help your team transition into the "joyful pursuit of acting as a high performance team?" Do you want to understand what you should be "doing" as an Agile coach, but also how to "be" a coach? More and more frequently, ScrumMasters and project managers are being asked to coach agile teams. This challenging role requires new skills - as well as a subtle understanding of when to step in and when to step back. Migrating from "command and control" to agile coaching requires a whole new mind-set. This leaves many wondering, "What is my role in a self-organized team? How do I help the team yet stay hands-off?" "Is this a leadership role, or not?" It is easy to go too far to either extreme - some take too much control, while others leave the team too much alone to "self-organize".

In this session, Lyssa Adkins and Michael K. Spayd explore the world of Agile Coaching and the related discipline of professional coaching, providing a framework for thinking about our new disciipline, the new competencies it requires, and the new way of being that makes it all work.

Lyssa Adkins

Since 2004, I have taught Scrum to hundreds of students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to many apprentice coaches. In both one-on-one settings and small groups, I enjoy a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams they coach. Prior to agile, I had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers (I was even a PMO Director — twice!), yet nothing prepared me for the power of agile done simply and well.

Michael Spayd

In a word, my professional work is about transformation. I seem to be wired to help people–and systems–change. I am drawn to cutting edge ‘technologies’ for coaching and developing organizations, leaders and teams. I have worked as an organizational change coach and consultant for more than 20 years, working with Fortune 500, small businesses and non-profits. For 11 years I have specialized in large-scale Agile transformation efforts, working with numerous organizations, leaders, and over 75 teams in that time.

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