Overview

The Certified Agile Coach Training course will help you develop the attitudes and learn the skills of an effective Agile coach. Through the 3 days you will learn and practise coaching, mentoring, and teaching skills in the context of Agile. You will leave the course feeling empowered with skills, models, and styles of working with individuals and teams in order to help them continuously improve, all within an Agile context.

Who the course is for

This course will ideally suit you if you are an Agile coach or aspiring coach, a Scrum Master, project manager, program manager, delivery manager, team lead, development manager, or even team member. You’ll be interested in developing your Agile coaching, mentoring, and teaching skills, and in consciously including more of a coaching style in your work.

Pre-requisites

This course does not teach the basics of Agile. It is therefore a pre-requisite that you have at least a grounding in the basics of Agile, and at least 6 months’ experience as a practitioner. If you have any queries about your suitability for the course, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Course Content

In this course you will learn about:

The Agile Coaching Context and Mindset.

This differentiates between the core skills of an Agile coach (professional coaching, mentoring, facilitating, teaching, and leading) and Agile practices. We introduce a more expanded view of servant leadership that calls on us to become aware of our own mind set, broaden our thinking and expand our repertoire in order to take up a full range of Agile coaching skills in service of the team and the context.

Responsibilities and Skills of the Coach

Agile coaches need to be clear about their role and the difference (and overlap) between their role and that of others. Here you will discuss potential role conflicts and experience practising self-management when handling potential role conflicts between your role as an Agile coach and your other roles.

Setting Boundaries for Coaching

Setting the stage for a coaching relationship involves clear contracting and designing of alliances. Here we expand on the typical coaching triangle (coach, team, and organisation) and present a wider stakeholder view. You will learn how to design a coaching alliance and how to contract with all parties

An Invitation to a Q&A with the Trainers

If you're interested in this training and would like to meet the trainers, we are holding open evenings at our training venue in London.  The first half hour will be about The Agile Coach (TAC) and the second hour will be about The Agile Facilitator (TAF).  The dates are November 9th (6.30pm - 8.30pm); November 11th (10am - 12pm); December 6th (6.30pm - 8.30pm) and in 2018, January 11th (6.30pm - 8.30pm).  If you'd like to join us please just send an email requesting a space.

We will also run the same introductory sessions through Zoom/internet meetings on November 16th (from 7pm - 8pm and 8pm - 9pm; December 9th (10am - 12pm) and in 2018, January 13th (10am - 12pm).  Email if you'd like to join us.  Again, the first hour will be about The Agile Coach (TAC) and the second hour will be about The Agile Facilitator (TAF).

We will be recording the Zoom sessions, so if you can't come to any of these events, please let us know and we will send you a recording.

Coach as Professional Coach

A coach assumes that team members have an individual and a collective wisdom, and that her job is to elicit the answers within. The main skills taught are listening actively, asking effective questions and following a coaching process. Further topics range from the coaching stance to appreciative inquiry and to creating a culture that works. As this training is particularly experiential, you can expect to learn about your strengths and your own areas for development.

Coach as Mentor

At times an Agile coach needs to impart her Agile expertise and to guide the team by making suggestions, giving advice, instilling practices, and guiding transitions to Agile roles. Along with such changes come fears and resistances and so a framework for working with change is presented. Knowing when to coach and when to mentor is a key skill of an Agile coach, and in this part of the course you will practise the dual art of mentoring and coaching.

Coach as Teacher

Teaching the basics and mind sets of Agile is an activity the Agile Coach performs again and again and is conducted both in and out of the learning situation. There are different learning styles, and you will practise including these in your teaching methods.

Working with Teams

This part of the training focuses on working one-to-many and how best to serve a team. This includes typical dysfunctions (and what the coach can do about them), what happens when people work together over time, groups, teams and high performing teams, Groupthink and working with conflict. Much of the learning here will come through reflecting on our lived experience in this and other groups.

Course Process

Our focus is on learning by doing. Generally speaking, we will introduce a piece of theory, ask you to try this out in an exercise and invite you to reflect on what you have learnt and what this means for you as an Agile coach. We’ll take a coaching approach to our interactions with you, thus modelling the knowledge, skills and attitudes that we are teaching. Our focus will be on what is useful and effective in a given context, rather than on doing things ‘properly’. Finally, we believe that adults learn best when they have a framework to follow, some useful facts, and the freedom to play with these and test them out. We’ll expect you to adopt and adapt the ideas that the course presents so that you develop your skills base and your Agile mind set.

Trainer Bios

Colin Brett BA (Hons), MA, MSc, MA, MAPPCP, TSTA (O), PCC, BACP Senior PractitionerColin Brett

He is the Founder and Director of Coaching Development, one of the UK’s foremost providers of accredited Coach training and has supported hundreds of individuals through their Associate, Professional and Master Coach levels and onward in their continuing professional development in supervision, mindfulness, transactional analysis and team coaching.

Among other accreditations Colin is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (there are approximately 250 in the UK), an accredited Coach Supervisor, a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst in Organisations (one of six in the UK), an NLP coach and a Senior Practitioner with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. 


Ryan Behrman, MBA, Management 3.0, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Scrum, KanbanRyan Behrman

Ryan's work is about facilitating, consulting, coaching and training teams and mentoring individuals to work more effectively and productively together. His approach is a pragmatic blend of listening, consulting, mentoring, training, and facilitation.

He's an experienced trainer and facilitator and runs regular public and in-house trainings and workshops in Management 3.0, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Scrum, Kanban, and other lean and agile ways of working. 

Ryan holds an MBA from Warwick Business School where he wrote his dissertation comparing agile methods to traditional methods of management and workflow.

He's a trained coach with Coaching Development Ltd and subsequently served as a mentor on their programme. He also coaches clients individually at his residence in south east London and over Skype. 

Ryan's certified in action learning facilitation with Action Learning Centre.

He's worked in the UK, South Africa, Canada, Spain, Poland and Germany with industries spanning retail, supply chain, publishing, government, travel, cloud software, education, investment banking, wealth management, and FinTech. 

Ryan is a regular speaker at Agile conferences, and is co-organiser of the London Management 3.0 meetup group.


Course Credit and Certifications

London
Certification ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) (nominal fee applies)
PMI PDUs 21

Logistics

London
Dates 21st, 22nd, 23rd February, 2018.
Fees £1,500.00 + VAT     (The combined rate for this training and The Agile Facilitator training is £2,400.00 + VAT)
Length 3 days (9am – 6pm)
Location Highbury Venue, 59 Compton Road, Islington, London. N1 2PB
Level Intermediate
Booking Please register your interest by calling the office on 020 8541 1313, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click on the application form below.

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