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Hiring (or Growing) the Right Agile Coach

YOW! 2013 Sydney

There are as many types of agile coaches out there as there are flavors of ice cream. And, their levels of leadership maturity and skill can vary just as widely. It can leave one fretting, “What am I really getting when I bring in an agile coach?” or “How do I develop myself as an agile coach?”. In fact, what are the “must have” skills of an agile coach and how can you tell if someone has them?

The Agile Coach Competency Framework is one big clue to answering these questions. Over the past two years, this framework has guided the development of hundreds of agile coaches. Agile managers and champions also use it to obtain “truth in advertising” to hire the right coach at the right time.

We will explore this framework and provide lightening-talk-style case studies that showcase how it has been used in the real world.

Michael Spayd

Chief Executive

Agile Coaching Institute

United States

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 12 years I have specialized in large-scale Agile transformation efforts, working with numerous organizations, leaders, and dozens and dozens of teams in that time.

I was trained as a Team and Organizational Coach, in Co-Active leadership, and in executive coaching, organizational behavior, organization change and consciousness transformation. I am a Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). I am currently writing a book in the Mike Cohn series called Coaching in the Agile Enterprise. An excerpt of that book will be released in Fall 2013.