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3/15/2018

A Very Special Promotion for Transformational Leader Workshop in Toronto - Michael Spayd and Michele Madore

Hello All,

I am very happy to help bring Michael Spayd and Michele Madore to Toronto. Michael and Michele are coming to Toronto for Transformational Leader Workshop (Apr 4-6). And they are generously offering a very special promotion rate for the Agile community, the lowest in town!

How to Register: To register please visit the registration page, and don't forget to use the promo code: AgileLunch.
Just for Toronto: Michael and Michele are also including a free online seminar for all TORONTO registrants.

About Transformational Leader Workshop
The Agile Transformational Leader is a three-day workshop for Agile Leaders, Managers, and Coaches that work at the enterprise level in Agile transformations, transitions or improvements.

Designed by Michele Madore, this workshop is built on Michael Spayd's Integral Agile Transformation Framework™ (Ken Wilber's Integral models), including Integral approaches to Leadership, and an Integral organizational change model, all of which are whole-system frameworks. The course provides a set of thinking tools and a roadmap for guiding Agile Transformational Leaders and Coaches with a broad and holistic approach in their organizational environments. It is ideal for companies who wish to increase the capabilities of their Agile Leaders, Agile Managers, or Agile Coaches to lead Agile Transformations in order to sustain the change after external coaches leave.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES (Some of them)
  • Shift from managing an Agile Implementation to consciously leading Agile Transformations.
  • Gain an understanding of Organizational Change, the types of change, and how to apply Conscious Change practices to successfully coach through the transformation or transition.
  • Understand your role as an Agile Change Leader in consciously designing your transformation approach, including starting with your own personal breakthrough.
  • ...
To learn more about the workshop please visit Trans4mation Coach. 

FYI, this workshop if ICAgile certified for Enterprise Agile Coaching, and can be used toward your CSP certification from Scrum Alliance.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions/comments you might have.

Cheers,
Shahin


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3/10/2018

Notepad: How Would You Measure an Agile Coach? Metrics for an Agile Coach


Notepad: How Would You Measure an Agile Coach? Metrics for an Agile Coach

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How Would You Measure an Agile Coach? Metrics for an Agile Coach

Posted: 06 Mar 2018 07:00 PM PST

How Would You Measure an Agile Coach? This question is very tricky. The obvious answer is a question. What dimension are you talking about? Are you talking about the height or length? or the Volume? Then you need to have the proper tool to measure an Agile Coach. After all, all human beings are being measured the same; Usually, with a measuring tape, stadiometer and a weight in doctor's office would do the trick.

If you heard such an answer, you were most probably talking about a very unique version of a human being, an Agile Coach. They tend to ask questions rather than answering questions, and when answering, you find many questions that you need to ask next.

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Jokes aside, I want to talk about how to measure an Agile Coach and how you can make sure if that person is effective or not. It is a very hard task but I'll do my best to give you the best possible answer. You don't need to look no further. There are many people that are asking what a good coach looks like, and once for all I want to make sure they have their answers.

Metrics for an Agile Coach

The following are the factors you need to consider:

Leadership

As an Agile Coach, you need to have capabilities to lead people. It has to be coming from inside. You don't want to and can't go on a course to learn those. If you don't have this, then it is not for you. Forget it all at once. Leading means you can get things done and make people get it done for you.

Motivator

As an Agile Coach, you need to be able to motivate people. They know how to do their job. You are not there for just watching them and thanking them. You are there to motivate them to do their job better and produce better results. If you don't have this, again, you are out of luck for being an Agile Coach.

Process Friendly

As an Agile Coach, you need to be very friendly with the process. You don't want to change it that much. You want to move it become friend with it and change it here and there, only and only if most people are ok with it. If they are not, you probably have not motivated them enough. Go back one step.

Manager

You need to have the capability of managing people. As an Agile Coach, you are going to work with Scrum Masters mostly. If not, then who you are coaching? The teams? There are going to be so many changes in them that you don't want to coach them. You need to have authority on your Scrum Masters and be able to order them into Agile.

Change Agent or Chaos Master

As an Agile Coach, you want to change people, process and whatever you see in your way. If you are not changing, people might ask questions why do we have the coach still? Everything is stable and very productive. A trick for the unstableness is to make chaos. So when I am writing Change Agent, please read it as Chaos Master. You need to create chaos, in order to lead and motivate people.

Community Architect

You want to have a strong community behind you. Whatever you are suggesting, you want all your Scrum Masters and others that might be reporting to you (also usually referred to you by resources) agree to. You would want to build a community of people, that when get together and at the end of each session, have an action item to work on.
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Last Thoughts

You have other thoughts? You don't think these are perfect measures for an Agile Coach. Yes, you are right. Not all of them has the same weight. In some circumstances, you might want to have a more managerial side of an Agile Coach and in some, you want to have more of the Community. For sure, there are always negotiations for which one has the most weight. However, there is no other factor that you can think of that is needed for an Agile Coach to be measured on.

Still not convinced? Don't take my word, go ask an Agile Coach and see how they are measured. I am sure you'll find something very close to this.

For the Sake of Measuring?

I hope you read this and enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it. The factors above might be a factor for an Agile Coach in an organization. It was all for an imaginary organization. However, I don't be surprised to find one. One thing I am sure about, I don't want to be part of it. If you are looking for Metrics for your Agile Coach, you'd better ask yourself in the first place what was the reason that I was looking for an Agile Coach. Could I at that moment tie my goal to a measurable metric? If so, how much the Agile Coach helped me to reach that goal? 

If you are just measuring your Agile Coach for just the sake of measuring it, stick to the recipe above! 

For the Sanes

How can you measure coaches? If you are asking this question, you might have to the point that your need for a coach has been resolved already. They have assisted you with whatever situation you had. Now, you are asking this question to make sure you have a justification to have them around. You might like them, want to learn more from them, or just simply have the obligation to keep them employed. Ask yourself, what need has been fulfilled now that you are asking that question. And if you have to hire an Agile Coach tomorrow, what needs you would hire them for? Have an honest conversation with yourself, and them. They are very good listeners and questioners. They can even help you figure out your next need.
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3/06/2018

Coaching, Coach & You Talk; A Shorter Version of Effective Yet Effortless Coaching


Shahin Sheidaei


Coaching, Coach & You Talk; A Shorter Version of Effective Yet Effortless Coaching

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 03:19 PM PST

I talked on one of my favorite topics, Coaching for the Torontonians in an event organized by Envision Agile. The audience was a group of Agile enthusiasts. The organizers were present at one of my prior coaching talks, reached out and asked me to give a talk at their event, and I gladly accepted it.

This time, I changed my typical routine of coaching talk (The Effective Yet Effortless Coaching). I presented the audience with two sets of questions to go over the Simple Coaching Model. One was aimed at getting the coaches to get deeper into their coachees thoughts and lead them through their underlying layers. The second set was more about getting them focus on what's closest and had a biased to action. I also shortened the time for the activity to less than 45 minutes. 

Both sets of questions are following the Simple Coaching Model. It showed an example of how it is diverse and can be used in different circumstances, with diverse or even unpredicted outcomes and/or goals in mind. 


As it is obvious in the pictures, this time I asked people to self-arrange into groups of three instead of two. I introduced the role of an observer to be able to give the coach and coachee feedback based on the two sets of questions. Also, the session was way shorter in time and debriefing. 



I am glad that with all these changes, people found it very useful. If felt like a completely new session to me. By the end of the session, I have passed on sheets of paper to gather feedback. And I am very glad that I have received great positive feedback. I didn't ask permission to share the audience's feedback. However, Yen posted some of the picture above on the LinkedIn and stating it was a great event. It is great to see such promoters after a session, it is the best feedback for itself. 
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