Being the Agile Coach

This course facilitates experiences that demonstrate the skills and perspectives needed to be an Agile Coach. Help a Tech Lead to understand how their actions influence their teams. Mentor traditional roles to explore agile options in their company. Wrestle for the appropriate skills to use as you help your team develop. Come as you are and leave with new experiences, a toolkit of techniques, and guides for further learning.

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Presented by Bruce Keightley

There’s an old saying “You can’t really understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” We think so too and that’s why we’ve designed this course to share the shoes of an Agile Coach with you. At least for the first few hundred meters.

Our three-day course places attendees in situations that an Agile Coach could expect to find themselves. Through these experiences attendees develop an understanding of the importance of the Professional Agile Coaching skill-set and how it can be applied to real life situations.

The attendee can expect to experience and learn from conflicting organisational agendas, hidden impediments, and resistant teams. Through the utilisation of mentoring, teaching, coaching, self-reflection, issue identification and conflict resolution they will come away with the knowledge of what it takes to setup an Agile Team and help them to high performing.

This course is accredited with ICAgile on the ICAgile Agile Coaching track. Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll earn the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile coaching (ICP-ACC) certificate.

Learning outcomes

While mastering the many skills and practices required of an Agile Coach will require both time and practice, this course will allow you to:

  • Gain a practical understanding of the skills, mindset, and roles required of an Agile Coach and how these talents are used
  • Reflect and use your insights to discover new opportunities to help your client, teams and self
  • Be able to explain what a self-organising team is and why that can be a powerful thing for an organisation
  • Identify factors that can keep a team from growing or help them towards becoming high performing and understand that not everyone will understand at first
  • See how conflict can be an opportunity for the team to grow
  • Practise using Agile Coaching skills and techniques in a safe environment where you can experiment and explore your options
  • Know the difference between coaching and mentoring and when you’d want to apply them
  • Take away instructions, guides, and references to help you to continue developing your Agile Coaching skills

In addition

  • This class satisfies the Agile Coach portion of classroom learning for the ICAgile Coaching and Facilitation track


Agile Coaching - Defining the skills, roles and mindset of an Agile Coach and what is often expected of them.

Intraspection – learn the importance of self-awareness to an Agile Coach and how it is vital to being effective.

The coaching arc – Learn what the coaching skill is in Agile and when to use it.

If a team in the woods does a retro, does anyone care? - explore how the physical environment can change how an agile team grows.

Does self-organising mean anarchy? - What does self-organising actually mean and what are the attributes we associate with an Agile team that support self-organisation, and what are the ones that emerge because they are self-organising?

Intangible impediments and how to help others see them - Becoming more aware of impediments can help you spot them, but how do you get others on board when they may not understand why it’s a problem.

Teams like conflict? - Conflict in a team is often healthy. Explore how to spot conflict that helps a team come together and plan for the kind that may look like it’s pulling them apart.

Use the Japanese cheese burger - How do you know when should be mentoring or coaching or teaching a team to help them grow?

Being THEIR mentor, not A mentor - Learn how to build the mentor relationship and align it with an Agile Coach’s mindest and the mentees needs.

Organising self-organising teams - Do you want the team to be high performing or do they want to be? Exploring the boundaries between positive pressure and being destructive as you help your teams towards high performing.


  • Experienced Scrum Masters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers interested in becoming or working with an Agile Coach
  • Agile Facilitators wanting to take the next step in their professional journey
  • Anyone interested in understanding the Agile Coach discipline in depth, the skills and mindset it brings with it, and roles it often takes in an organisation

NOTE: While it isn’t required to sign up for the course, the material and activities within it were designed on the assumption that the attendee has either taken the two prerequisite ICAgile courses, Fundamentals of Agile, and Agile Facilitator. This course builds on basic agile and facilitation knowledge that is discussed in those two courses. If you have not  taken them, please check their Learning Outcomes to ensure you will be able to get the most out of what this course can offer.

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