WPI provides Agile Coaching to organisations seeking to develop their internal Agile Coaching capacity; training them in how to coach people through each of the Shu Ha Ri stages; or looking for an experienced Agile Coach that can guide their Agile teams through to a new level of awareness.
What is an Agile Coach ?
An Agile Coach works with teams, team members and other people involved in the implementation of Agile, focusing in their development and transformation into Agile practitioners.
An Agile Coach will coach by focusing in the following three perspectives: the individual and their experiences, the interactions and the realities – or a third person perspective of how they experience those realities.
We, Agile Coaches care about four aspects of the spectrum of implementation:
– Mindset (how does the individual think and behave);
– Relationship (what is the team culture)
– Practices (how do they do things)
– Environment (a System perspective; what is the organisation where those interactions occur like; what are the resources available to them)
An Agile Coach will work from “the background”, taking a stance where they don’t get involved in the contents of the subject in order to stay neutral and serve their coachees best.
Our work is based in competencies. We are Agile Lean practitioners and have deep knowledge and working experience in what it involves adopting and being Agile and Lean.
Part of our relationship with the teams and individuals is based in our skills and experience. From this stand we are Teachers and Mentors.
When we work with a team and intervene in their relations and interactions to help bring out the best outcome, we are Facilitators.
When we help them transition their own self awareness awakening or growth, helping them see how they can become better persons, or overcome their own limitations or fears, we are using our Professional Coaching tools.
Finally, there are three “domain” competencies. In some very unique, limited occasions, some coaches have mastery on more than one of these. These are: technical mastery (focused on the technical nature of software development such as architecture, software engineering, etc.). Business Mastery (focusing on strategy, operations, process, product innovation). Transformation (focused on change leadership, organizational change, facilitation, and helping organizations transform and evolve).