Agile isn’t a standard recipe, but rather a philosophy. It’s a mindset in which change isn’t the goal, but rather the starting point to business value.
Agile uses methods and frameworks such as Lean, Scrum, DevOps, Continuous Delivery and the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). As an Agile Coach, you need to be aware of all these different methods, and know how and when to use them.
Critical to being a great Agile coach is the ability to drive change and progress in areas that can deliver the most value to the business. Aligning teams and business and ensuring that impact is noticeable and measurable is the hallmark of a great Agile coach.
As a coach you need to be constantly open to new techniques, tools and insights – versatility is key.
Dealing with different stakeholders from teams to executives and helping this diverse group gain more insight into their performance themselves, and take responsibility for it is a special skill.
This will only work if you’re able to gain the trust of teams. In order to do this you need a good capacity for sympathy and empathy.
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