Agile Coaches as Transformation Agents

by Lyssa Adkins on May 29, 2011

In this short video, I’m interviewed by Joseph Flahiff about agile coaches as transformation agents.  In it, I articulate why agile coaches are already transformation agents (whether or not they recognize it), why it makes sense for coaches to be in the transformation business and how an awareness of key competencies can aid their development and allow them to better help organizations change.  Why?  To get the utmost from using agile, of course.  Anything else is a travesty.

‘Nuff said for now.

Check out the video interview.

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Gustavo July 31, 2011 at 7:10 am


I am coaching three very un-discipline teams and I always had this in mind.

If I coach one team at a time, I will get result on that team very quickly. If I teach the 3 teams at the same time, I will get results slower. The thing is, which one will give me more results in long term. ( It depends on the training I get from the IT Directors ( external training )

Lyssa Adkins June 22, 2011 at 8:26 am

Agile Scout:

Great question! I suggest ScrumMasters/agile coaches learn the skills of professional coaching first. This way, they can help people, teams and organizations discover, visualize and choose the path to transformation that is right for them rather than telling them what to do. Telling them what to do has its purpose but also has its limitations. Namely, that anything people don’t choose with their whole heart and mind is not theirs and will be shrugged off as soon the ScrumMaster/coach turns their back.


Lyssa Adkins June 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm

You’re right! All the borders are blurring. From my perspective, agile is so useful because the agile framework in use gives the OD, leadership, change management tools something to HANG on. Agile, by design, calls out all those ugly impediments to a team’s ability to deliver and begs us to use skills, techniques, mind-sets from these allied disciplines to overcome the impediments and improve organizations. I like it!

Agile Scout May 31, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Great interview… a little bit hard to hear though.
I would argue that Agile coaches are transformation agents, as you point out, but many may not fully understand the full picture of a transformation.
Many Agile coaches start in Scrum – a team based transformation, to get to the enterprise… what would you suggest new Agile coaches learn first?

Walter Ariel Risi May 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Hi Lyssa,

Interesting interview … a bit difficult to hear, with some background noise, but that just happens at gatherings. :)

Don’t you perceive that the “agile driven” transformation movement is converging with other organizational / cultural transformation movements?

Aren’t agile coaching and organizational coaching borders starting to blur, the former taking more and more ingredients from the latter? (maybe the latter could also benefit from the former!)


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