Coaching Agile Teams

Video description

Coach of agile coaches and agile trainer Lyssa Adkins teaches the skills, tools and mindsets agile coaches need to guide their teams to extraordinary performance in a re-energized agile work environment.

In 8 lessons, Coaching Agile Teams LiveLessons covers how to become a good agile coach, change the mindsets and behaviors needed to do the coaching job well, prove that your work adds value, help others fully occupy their agile roles, make agile meetings purposeful and productive, navigate conflict on teams, and foster collaboration within the team to develop great ideas.

This LiveLessons video covers material not included in the in-person Coaching Agile Teams training course offered by the Agile Coaching Institute. This video is a great way for you to develop your skills or compliment the skills you’ve already developed if you’ve taken the in-person training course.

About the Author:

Lyssa Adkins came to agile as a project leader with over fifteen years of project management success. Even with all that experience, nothing prepared her for the power and simplicity of Agile done well. Since 2004, she has taught thousands of people in basic agile and advanced agile coaching, coached many agile teams and been a master coach to dozens of apprentice coaches. Coaching coaches one-on-one and in small groups, she enjoys a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams and organizations they coach. Lyssa’s agile experience, along with her professional coaching and training abilities, gives her the perspective needed to guide teams and agile leaders to harness agile as the competitive advantage weapon it was meant to be. She knows the transformation path is rocky. As a large-scale program manager and director of project management offices turned agile coach and trainer, she has lived it herself. This makes her uniquely able to help others change their existing world to the agile world. Lyssa holds key certifications: Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB). She is also a trained co-active coach and will soon be an Organizational and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC). For more information, visit

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Introduction to Coaching Agile Teams LiveLessons
  2. Lesson 1: How do I become an Agile Coach?
    1. Learning objectives
    2. Setting the context
    3. The “doing” and the “being” of good agile coaching
    4. Pathways to becoming an agile coach
    5. The native wiring that predicts success
  3. Lesson 2: What mindsets need to change?
    1. Learning objectives
    2. Setting the context
    3. Identify the beliefs of plan-driven management
    4. Work with the natural forces governing projects
    5. Replace plan-driven beliefs with reality-based beliefs
  4. Lesson 3: What behaviors need to change?
    1. Learning objectives
    2. Setting the context
    3. Increase your self-awareness: Conflict response
    4. Increase your self-awareness: Communication patterns
    5. Increase your self-awareness: Servent-leadership position
    6. Increase your self-awareness: Emotional intelligent quotient
    7. Recover from command-and-control-ism
    8. Take practical steps toward agile-enhancing behaviors
  5. Lesson 4: How do I prove my value?
    1. Learning objectives
    2. Setting the context
    3. Measure your value as a coach
    4. Measure your progress in becoming an agile coach
    5. Change the way you are measured
    6. Know your own value and speak to it
  6. Lesson 5: How do I help the agile roles become fully occupied?
    1. Learning objectives
    2. Setting the context
    3. Help ScrumMasters and agile coaches develop
    4. Help product owners fully step into the role
    5. Help managers become agile managers
    6. Make the roles strong and interlocking
  7. Lesson 6: How do I make agile meetings purposeful and productive?
    1. Learning objectives
    2. Setting the context
    3. Get into the facilitation mindset
    4. Facilitate the stand-up
    5. Facilitate sprint planning
    6. Facilitate sprint review
    7. Facilitate the retrospective
  8. Lesson 7: How do I change negative or repressed conflict into something productive?
    1. Learning objectives
    2. Setting the context
    3. Think about the agile coach’s role with conflict
    4. Diagnose conflict
    5. Choose your response option
    6. Work with complaints
  9. Lesson 8: How do I help the team come up with great ideas?
    1. Learning objectives
    2. Setting the context
    3. Choose between cooperation and collaboration
    4. Teach the team cooperation skills
    5. Set the ground conditions for collaboration
    6. Build the team’s collaboration muscle
  10. Summary
    1. Summary of Coaching Agile Teams LiveLessons

Product information

  • Title: Coaching Agile Teams
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: September 2012
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 9780133137897