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20 years into the Agile movement, most organizations are pretty comfortable in how to hire ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches -- not without their challenges, but not new territory either. Enterprise Coaches, on the other hand, are a rather different matter. If it's unclear what the role is even responsible for, then it's going to be hard to hire a good one. This talk is designed as much for those potentially needing the services of an enterprise coach as for those considering becoming one.
Until very recently, there has been very little agreement about what might be required for the competencies of an enterprise coach, even among industry thought leaders, until ICAgile (including me) did so in 2019. Those competencies, as far as I can tell, have not made their way into the hiring process for most companies.
We will cover what should a good enterprise coach actually do? What is the scope of the role? What are the expanded competencies to look for, and how would you know if the candidate has them? What difference will you see? Under what circumstances would you need one? Such are the questions of hiring managers and other stakeholders considering engaging one.
Come prepared for a lively discussion.
Michael K. Spayd’s career in Agile began in 2001 as one of the leaders of a very large-scale adoption of Agile XP. Subsequently, Michael led and coached Agile transformations in a wide variety of contexts; as part of his practice, speaking, and teaching, he has endeavored to bring in key disciplines from fields external to Agile, such as professional coaching, systemic management, Integral Theory, organization development (OD), organization culture and change, and approaches to develop more effective sensemaking in leaders. In 2010, Michael co founded the Agile Coaching Institute, where he trained thousands of Agile coaches. In 2020, he founded the Collective Edge (www.the-collective-edge.com) with some dear colleagues, to help expand consciousness at the critical edge of our collective needs. The Collective Edge offers transformational coach training, and coaching and consulting for organizational transformation. Michael describes his style of working as systemic alchemy. His first book (coauthored) is Agile Transformation: Using the Integral Agile Transformation Framework™ to Think and Lead Differently, published in 2020 by Addison-Wesley.