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Want a Sustainable Agile Transformation? with Lyssa Adkins & Michael Spayd

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Want a Sustainable Agile Transformation? Develop Your Org’s Agile Coaching Capability

Most companies that transition to Agile do so because they want the speed and innovation Agile promises. However, to realise that promise takes more than standing up and training teams.

Great Agile teams need solid Agile Coaches as an embedded 21st century leadership function, not just as a temporarily hired-out workforce using external consultants.

Perhaps more importantly, though, organisations need solid Agile Coaches as an essential component for establishing the deep and sustainable capability required to become a truly agile organisation. We now have learning pathways and skills training that make it possible to reliably develop an organisation’s agile coaching capability, from team-level Facilitators (such as ScrumMasters and Kanban Leads) to program-level Coaches to Enterprise Coaches.

In this session, Lyssa and Michael lay bare this development path, illustrates the organizational impact you can expect skilled Agile Coaches to have at each level of development, and shares emerging strategies for developing an organization’s overall agile capability.

Thank you to IBM for supporting this event by hosting this meetup.

About Lyssa Adkins & Michael Spayd

Since 2004, I have taught Scrum and Agile Coaching to well over a thousand students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to scores of apprentice coaches.

In both one-on-one settings and small groups, I enjoy a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams and organizations they coach.

With ACI (http://www.agilecoachinginstitute.com/), I have had the pleasure of training over 2,000 people in the skills and mindsets of great agile coaching. Prior to agile, I had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers (I was even a PMO Director — twice!), yet nothing prepared me for the power of agile done simply and well.

I believe that agile is more than an alternate project management methodology and I am passionate about deepening the roles in agile – specifically agile coach and agile manager – to help agile move into its fullest expression.

I hold an alphabet soup of certifications: Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB), Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC). I am also a trained Co-Active Coach and Leader. In 2010, I authored Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0321637704/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=0321637704&linkCode=as2&tag=codingpower0a-21).

In a word, my professional work is about transformation. I have found that I am wired to help people–and systems–change. I am drawn to cutting edge ‘technologies’ for coaching and developing organizations, leaders and teams. As an organizational change coach and consultant for 20 plus years, I have worked with Fortune 1000, small businesses and non-profits. For 13 years I have specialized in large-scale Agile transformation, working with numerous organizations, leaders, and scores of teams.

My training as a Team and Organizational Coach created a foundation for my approach, plus training in executive coaching, organizational behavior, organization change and consciousness transformation. A Co-Active leadership program was particularly influential in my own leadership journey, and in coaching others on theirs. Formal credentials include Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). I am currently working on a book in the Mike Cohn series called Coaching the Agile Enterprise. An excerpt of that book, introducing the Integral Agile framework, was released in January 2014.

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