Coaching Agile Teams 3.0 – ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC)

I attended and successfully completed “Coaching Agile Teams 3.0” course instructed by Lyssa Adkins and Dr. Michael Hamman offered from Agile Coaching Institute in June 2015.

I also successfully received “ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC)” certificate from ICAgile; as a result of successfully completing the course and its requirements.

The topics covered in “Coaching Agile Teams 3.0: An Integral Approach to Working with Agile Teams in Complex Environments” are:

Coaching Agile Teams is a training experience that covers both the being and the doing of agile coaching. There’s a lot to learn, experience and practice! At the end of the course, you will be capable of applying many new tools and techniques, as well as your own mindset changes, to coach agile teams to health. As practical as it is provocative, the Coaching Agile Teams course challenges agile coaches to rise to the fullest expression of their role. Topics include:

Professional Coaching. Learn and practice the key professional coaching skills and know when to use them.
Mentoring. Practice offering your knowledge and sharing your experience while keeping accountability for taking action where it belongs — with the person who has the problem.
Teaching. Utilize insights from adult learning to amplify your teaching, whether it’s teaching the agile basics or teaching an advanced agile technique.
Facilitating. Experience many facilitation techniques you can use with your teams and emulate the expert modeling offered throughout the class.
Resonant “WE” Space. Understand team culture and relationships, the evolution of team development, how to move teams toward health and high performance, and practice designing a team start-up or reset.
Change and Roles. Articulate the key role transitions for project managers, testers, tech leads and managers and understand how to help people change, specifically related to their agile role transition. Prepare yourself to conduct a pivotal conversation.
Roles at Scale. Get clear about how roles operate at scale, what each role needs to focus on, and how they interconnect.
Integral Agile Operating System. Create an assessment of team health and performance using all perspectives through the Integral Agile Operating System and determine ways you can actively work with what you discover.
Conflict. Change your relationship with conflict and help the team learn to do conflict well, rather than you mediating it or fixing it.
Designing Coaching/Mentoring Relationships. Learn how to consciously “design” coaching/mentoring relationships that allow you to operate with both backbone and heart.
Coaching Stance. Craft your personal coaching stance, a powerful “come from” place that helps bring your vision of “agile done well” into being.

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The topics covered in ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) are:

  • The Agile Coaching Mindset
    • Defining Agile coaching
    • Coach as role model
    • Servant leadership
    • Key mindset shifts
  • Responsibilities and Skills of the Coach
    • Roles and responsibilities of the coach
    • Skills of the coach
    • Achieving self-awareness/self-management in the coach
  • Setting Boundaries for Coaching
    • Internal vs. external coaches
    • Defining the coaching “contract”
    • Designing a coaching alliance
  • The Coaching Stance
    • Maintaining neutrality
    • Self-awareness and self-management
    • Holding the client’s agenda
    • No colluding
  • The Coaching Conversation – Coaching for Action
    • Issue identification
    • Issue exploration
    • Action commitment
  • Professional Coaching Skills
    • Presence
    • Powerful questioning
    • Giving and receiving feedback
    • Basics of using emotional intelligence
  • Conducting the Coaching Conversation
    • Conducting the coaching conversation
  • Mentoring Agile Roles & Transitions
    • Mentoring and mentoring practices
    • Mentoring and coaching the roles in Agile
    • Understanding the individual change cycle
    • Mentoring and coaching the key transitions for the roles in Agile
    • Identifying and handling resistance from individuals
  • Mentoring vs. Coaching
    • Mentoring vs. coaching
    • Teaching the Agile Basics & Mindset Shift
  • Modes of teaching
    • Helping team members experience the Agile mindset shifts
    • Distinguishing and articulating at least one Agile framework
  • Understanding Team Development
    • Understand a model of team development
    • Detecting a team’s stage of development
    • Helping a team move up the development curve
    • Helping a team choose to be a team
  • Setting up the Team Environment
    • Helping teams to know themselves
    • Helping teams create their culture & vision
    • Creating team agreements & ground rules
    • Setting up the work environment
    • Accommodating the team’s geographical relationship
  • Creating a Team Kickoff/Startup Agenda
    • Creating a team kickoff/startup agenda
  • Characteristics of an Agile Team
    • Trusting
    • Propelled by shared purpose
    • Shared leadership
    • Continuously seeking to improve
    • Self-organizing
  • Coaching the Journey toward High Performance
    • Defining and identifying high performance
    • Team vs. group
    • Team development is a journey, not a destination
    • Assessing the team as a healthy system
    • Strategies for dealing with different types of teams
    • The coach’s role in a self-organizing team
  • Handling Conflict and Dysfunction within the Team
    • Identifying and Managing ‘Group Think’
    • Identifying and surfacing conflict
    • Building self-awareness/self-management capacity in the team
  • Handling Organizational Impediments
    • Identifying and Capturing Impediments
    • Leadership Engagement
  • Planning to facilitate a conflict in a team
    • Planning to facilitate a conflict in a team

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