Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches and Project Managers in Transition

by Lyssa Adkins

Very little in their education or experience properly prepares a ScrumMaster or Project Manager for the role of Agile Coach. This leaves most wondering, "What is my role in a self-organized team? How do I help the team yet stay hands-off?" Many respond by going too far to either extreme. Coaching Agile Teams turns these questions into answers, and answers into action by offering practical ways to adapt skills from professional coaching and other disciplines to coaching agile teams toward high performance.

Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa is certified as a Scrum Trainer and she is an Agile Coach. She came to Agile as a project leader with over 15 years in project management expertise. Even with all that experience, nothing prepared her for the power and simplicity of Agile done well.

Table of Contents

  1. It Starts with You
    1. Will I be a good Agile Coach? 
    2. Expect High Performance 
    3. Master Yourself 
    4. Let Your Style Change 
  2. Helping the Team get More for Themselves
    1. Coach as Coach-Mentor 
    2. Coach as Facilitator 
    3. Coach as Teacher 
    4. Coach as Problem Solver 
    5. Coach as Conflict Navigator 
    6. Coach as Collaboration Conductor 
  3. Getting More for Yourself
    1. Agile Coach Failure, Recovery and Success Modes 
    2. When Will I Get There? 
    3. It's Your Journey