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#18: Coaching in an Agile world with Lyssa Adkins

September 21, 2022     34 minutes

Lyssa Adkins joins Brian to talk about the wonderful world of Agile coaching.


When you think of the term “Agile Coach,” what comes to mind for you? This term has meant many different things over the years. Are we talking about a role or an approach? Lyssa Adkins, author of Coaching Agile Teams, joins Brian to dive into this topic. Lyssa has written and spoken about this topic for years and many would say she had a large hand in defining what we now call agile coaching.

Listen now to discover: 

02:05 - Brian shares a story about Lyssa from the Vienna Scrum Gathering conference

06:40 - Lyssa answers the question, “What is an Agile Coach?”

08:10 - Lyssa explains the unintended consequence of using the term “coach” in her book

12:02 - Lyssa talks about the “X-Wing Diagram” and the 5 coaching stances

18:50 - Lyssa talks about not colluding when someone in power pushes something you disagree with

27:04 Lyssa talks about coaching in a remote world

Listen next time when we’ll be discussing… 

Project Management with Julie Chickering.

References and resources mentioned in the show

Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins

Agile Coach Competency Framework

Developing Great Agile Coaches whitepaper describing 5 coaching stances

What is an Agile Coach? talk with Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd

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This episode’s presenters are:

Brian Milner is SVP of coaching and training at Mountain Goat Software. He’s passionate about making a difference in people’s day-to-day work, influenced by his own experience of transitioning to Scrum and seeing improvements in work/life balance, honesty, respect, and the quality of work. 

Lyssa Adkins has been one of the foundational voices in the Agile community for years now. Her book Coaching Agile Teams has been a best seller for over 12 years now. She released an audio version of this classic book on its 10th anniversary. In 2010, Lyssa co-founded the Agile Coaching Institute which has developed over 10,000 people in the knowledge, skills, and being-ness needed to yield genuinely competent agile coaching. She is a member of the ICAgile working committee and has served as a reviewer for the Scrum Alliance’s Certified Enterprise Coach certification program. Lyssa is also dedicated to amplifying women’s voices and is a founder of TENWOMENSTRONG #WomenInAgile programs.


Show edited by Rhett Gill.