But fortunately, there are still great standards and guidelines you can follow, when looking for an agile coach, irrespective of industry trends. Please, consider the dimensions below, when looking for a professional agile coach, for your organization. The original sources of these requirements are listed at the bottom of this page and you are encouraged to explore them for additional details.
- Industry coaching quality (average) will be further decreased,… and even if you don’t care about this fact as much…you will care about the next fact….
- Quality of service to your own organization will be also low
“Must-Have” for Professional Agile Coach
- Has significant hands-on experience in at least one of the roles on a Scrum Team
- Has coached multiple organizations, departments, or programs
- Has, at least, 1000 hours of experience coaching at the enterprise/organizational level or a combination of enterprise and multi-team level coaching
- Has diversity of coaching experiences that can be demonstrated, using different client engagement examples, and which include experience at the organizational level
Demonstration of deep knowledge:
- Has formal and informal education about coaching and strong mentor relationships
- Has good working knowledge of Agile and Lean values, principles, and practices.
- Has helped individuals, teams, and leadership to understand and apply Agile and Lean values, principles, and practices effectively
- Understands the dynamics, patterns, and development of multi-level teams and how they interact at the organizational level
- Knows the difference between consulting and coaching and knows when to apply each.
Ability to clearly articulate and substantiate one’s own:
- Coaching Career Overview (coaching, agile history and how a person got where he/she is today. Include key milestone years)
- Coaching Focus (summary of a person’s professional self today, including a coaching approach and/or philosophy to coaching)
- Coaching Goals (personal development goals in coaching)
- Formal Coaching Education (formal education activities which have contributed significantly to your coaching journey. This includes a wide range of courses on topics including facilitation, leadership, consulting, coaching, process, tools, techniques, frameworks, and other related activities which have influenced our coaching practice)
- Formal Mentor-ship Education (coach mentor-ship and significant collaboration activities where a person has DEVELOPED a skill or technique or RECEIVED guidance to his/her coaching approach and mindset.)
- Informal Coaching Learning (significant topics you have studied outside of the Scrum literature which has impacted his/her coaching approach or coaching philosophy)
- Agile Community Participation (agile community events, such as user groups, gatherings, retreats, camps, conferences, etc. in which a coach has participated)
- Agile Community Leadership (leadership contributions to the agile community (e.g. writing, publishing, presenting, facilitating, organizing, training and other activities) through events, publications, courses, blogs and forums)
- Agile Community Collaborative Mentoring & Advisory (significant collaborative agile mentoring, advisory activities, where a person was mentoring, advising other individuals to increase their competency or in development of a specific goal)
- Coaching Tools, Techniques or Frameworks known (coaching tools, techniques or frameworks which you have implemented, customized, co-developed or developed in one or more client engagements)
Skills, Tools & Techniques:
- Has contributed to significant improvements in organizations or departments through coaching techniques
- Has helped organizations and teams beyond the basics of Scrum theory and practice
- Has enabled organizations to find their own solutions to business problems through the application of Agile principles
- Is familiar with, promotes and embodies the mindset of Servant Leadership
- Uses a rich set of facilitation, training and coaching tools, and models
- Coaching Mindset Coaching skills/practices and frameworks
- Evidence that the coach has taken both their Experience and Learning and synthesized these into definitive practices, frameworks, approaches, and strategies)
- Self-awareness: Able to reflect on their own contribution to the coaching by virtue of their own ‘being’
- Constant Learning: Has and continues to acquire Coaching oriented learning through multiple dimensions
- Diversity of Experience with different types & sizes of organizations
- Participation in the Agile community
Note: Your company needs to have internal expertise to validate a person, based on the above.