Luis Goncalves
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Levels of Agile Coaching, The 3 Levels That You Must Know

by Luís Gonçalves

LEVELS OF AGILE COACHING

Hi, guys, this post will be short and simple, and it will be focused on the different levels of Agile Coaching. Lately, many people have asked me what are the differences within Agile Coaching. For this explanation, I want to use a bit of what Lyssa Adkins explained in her workshop “Coaching Agile Teams.”

In her view, there are three levels of Agile Coach. Team facilitator, he is responsible for facilitating practices and collaboration on one team. Agile Coach, this level is responsible for developing teams, mentor others and advise managers. And for last Enterprise Coach, this role is responsible for developing leaders, focuses on culture and catalyzes change. Below you can see a graphic how these levels are related to each other.

Levels of Agile Coaching

Team Facilitator
This person focuses on one (or two) teams that are already “up and running.” They are developing basic skills in facilitation, mentoring or training, as well as conscious communication. A team facilitator is not yet ready for Agile adoption or transformation initiatives.

Agile Coach
This person focuses on developing teams, other Agile Coaches & Team facilitators to use Agile well, including the ecosystem around the team. He is an expert in Lean-Agile practices and has chosen a knowledge domain focus (Technical expertise, business or organizational change). He possesses significant facilitation skills, some professional coaching skills, and is adept at mentoring and teach.

Enterprise Coach
This person focuses on developing the organisation´s capacity to use Agile as a strategic business asset, including culture change, leadership development, and work at all organization levels.

Like I said this blog was based on Lyssa´s workshop that I do recommend to everyone. Below you can find more blog posts that summarize a lot of the topics that I did learn in this workshop:

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Luis is not simply a consultant, he helps people and businesses grow. He expects to deliver 10 times more value than what you’d actually pay for. As an Agile retrospective expert, customer happiness and client success are his biggest drivers!

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  1. According to this diagram they are all Enterprise Coaches. A subset of Enterprise Coaches are also Agile Coaches, and a further subset of Agile Coaches reach the rarefied level of Team Facilitator. I am not entirely sure this was the intent of the diagram.

    1. Hi, this is a way to interpretate it 🙂 Other way is to see Enterprise Coaches as a wider scope of Agile Coachs and even wider of Team Facilitators. But I think most of the people understood it, but thanks for the remark.

  2. I don’t believe its that linear. Even at a team level, the Scrum Master or facilitator should be engaging beyond the team to provide support and coaching. A Scrum Master or facilitator needs to be a change agent which extends beyond the team. Another way to look at it could be that yes, a facilitator may not be experienced enough to be a change agent. However, if the expectation is to be successful, an Agile coach, at least, should be available to engage with the wider business. If I may, read my latest post which discusses the change in an organisation that is required in order to support Agile adoption, which would support the progression of a facilitator to enterprise coach as per Luis posts: http://www.leankanban.co.za/2016/04/21/agile-is-like-a-fish-pond/

    1. Sorry I do not believe in Scrum Masters as change agents… At least alone… This is a bla bla bla conversation.

      Next weekend I am writing a blog post about that topic. Scrum Master a change agent? Bullshit 😉

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