Agile Coach

Coaching is a fundamental part of Scrum. The term coaching is used explicitly in the Scrum Guide when referring to the service the Scrum Master provides to the organization and the development team.

The term agile coach does not exist explicitly in the Scrum Guide, only implicitly through the description of the coaching activity of the Scrum Master towards the organisation or the development team.

In my opinion, the distinction between Scrum Master and agile coach is somewhat artificial. A Scrum Master is an agile coach.

From my experience, however, there is a small difference. The agile coach – as I understand him – also coaches the Scrum Master. For him there is no further role according to the Scrum Guide. But a new Scrum Master needs support from someone who has a lot of experience with Scrum – an agile coach.

How do you see this?

The elusive agile Enterprise

The report The elusive agile enterprise describes how far global organizations are already agile.

The report The elusive agile enterprise describes how far global organizations are already agile.

On page 11 of the report three steps are described for the way to become more agile.

  1. The C-level must have an agile mindset.
  2. put together the right mix of talents and develop it further
  3. promoting an agile culture and organisational structure

The first one I can only underline from my experience. If the management level does not support the agile approach, then the cultural change cannot be achieved.

The second point is very important from a team perspective. There are always different roles in a team, or there should be, so that a team works well together. This has to be taken into account when hiring employees. But this is only the first step. Time must always be set aside to develop these employees into champions.

The third point describes a wide field and is an essential point of my agile coaching.