Learn how to coach beyond the team

As an Agile Coach, a ScrumMaster, Consultant, or Leader in your organization, your job includes helping people work more effectively. Sometimes that means directly helping individuals and teams. But often, your work involves solving problems—and engaging other people to solve problems— people beyond your team.

You may have no authority to insist those people listen or do, yet managers and executives expect organization-wide results from your activities.

Many executives see clearly how teams should change, but don’t see how the environment or their own actions impact teams. Handing those executives an impediment list isn’t a winning strategy.

In our Coaching Beyond the Team workshop, you will learn the arc of a helping relationship – Center-Enter-Turn. You’ll discover ways to establish credibility and rapport to influence and coach beyond the team. You’ll learn how to use a range of diagramming and thinking techniques to create understanding, and share data in a way that enables others to engage and take action.

How is coaching a team different from coaching individuals?

Agile Coach Camp US 2014 interview with Bob Payne (@agiletoolkit) of Agile Toolkit.

Upcoming Workshops

2018 Workshops: 

April 3 – 5
Where :  Columbus, OH, USA
Coaching Beyond the Team: Influencing the Organization
 When:  15 – 17 May
Where:  Stockholm, Sweden
Host Company:  Citerus, ABCoaching Beyond the Team: Influencing the Organization

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Tobias Fors (@tofo ) interviewed  Esther Derby and Don Gray

Course Objectives

Through simulations and small group activities we’ll explore common organizational patterns and dynamics. Through discussion and practice, you’ll learn tools that will help you communicate the changes needed to unleash productivity.

You will learn:

  • How to Center yourself, Enter the system, and Turn the system towards better fit for function
  • How to see the visible and invisible structures in the organization which sustain the current pattern.
  • How problems extend into the organization.
  • How to discover and show factors that affect the situation, and how they influence each other.
  • How to choose which actions to take first.

Benefits of the Workshop

The workshop’s design and content will take your skills to the next level. You’ll learn techniques for understanding the real problem. New analysis tools will reveal the real company, which bears little resemblance to the chart hanging on the wall. Experiential exercises will make this part of your coaching DNA.

Listen to Preview Snippets recorded by Esther Derby & Don Gray

Read an Outline of Our Workshop here

What People Say

A hands-on workshop with brilliant facilitators / teachers that gives you insight and courage about how to approach your challenges.

Jennie Mårtensson - Business Developer

If you have a chance to participate in Esther and Don’s workshops, do not hesitate and go for it. The style of learning throughout the workshop was amazing with its simplicity yet undoubtedly difficult to establish in such short period of time that two days gives us. The setup of the physical space not as much as the emotional comfort that their approach just emitted on its own. They have set up the emotional space for us to be as open as possible and vulnerable yet at the same time have the feeling of safety. I have not experienced that style of knowledge sharing/exchange in a long time. So much information was shared and exchanged without the feeling of material heavy session. It was all done through carefully thought out exercises that almost seemed to mask that this was learning and it didn’t feel like a torrent of data poured on my head, even that it was 😉 

Konrad Hajdukiewicz - Senior Agile Consultant

It was such an intimate setting and a great collaborative learning experience.

Charlie Sweet - Application Development Team Lead

Three days to explore how YOU can learn to become a better coach.

Philipp Schneider - Director eSolution Development

Very good way to become more helpful to organizations.

Michael Broome - Agile Mgmt Professional

A wonderful experiment-driven experience in understanding social interactions and how to effectively influence their outcome.

Michael Schreiber - Senior Software Engineer

No powerpoint. Just engagement and collaboration.

Dave Cornelius - Value Delivery Leader
Bio-Rad Labs

Energizing, safe environment.  You can work with 13 separate partners in 2 days.

JoAnne Brandstedter - Agile PMO

Coaching Beyond the Team was amazing! Esther and Don gave real experiences and tools that are immediately relevant and valuable.

Kristen Belcher - Release Train Engineer

This course is about helping individuals, teams, and organizations become more effective. The exercises and discussion with students and instructors let you personalize the material.

Sellers Smith - Director, Quality Assurance

It is very practical – not much theory. Low tempo with time for reflection (a good thing). It actually about coaching in the team and outside the team.

Martin Österberg - Agile Coach / Manager

Lots of hands-on exercises that help you see and depict a very complex organizational situation in systematic metaphors.

Molood Noori - Agile Coach

A great mix of theory and practice. Exercises use each attendee’s issues and contest, leading to real-life changes and actions which are easily begun.

Doug Kinney - Associate Director, Engineering
Best Buy

Excellent for expanding your tool box. Lots of practical experience with using the models and tools.

Cliff Hazell - Coach

This is an exciting, eye-opening workshop that provided creative and innovative techniques for coaching teams while assisting participants in developing their Agile network.

Kathleen Kannan

An introduction to the steps in a meaningful dance: center, enter, turn. Practice in pairs learning the routine and building anticipation of dancing to the music of your org.

Victor Bonacci - Agile Coach
Bio-Rad Labs

Your Hosts

Esther Derby - co-host Coaching Beyond the Team Workshops
Ester Derby

I started my career as a programmer, and over the years I’ve worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear: our level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by our work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, I have spent the last twenty-five years helping companies design their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.

I’ve written over 100 articles, and co-authored two books–Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great and Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. I write about management, leadership, collaboration, organizations and change (or another topic I’m currently exploring).

I’m an original founder of the Scrum Alliance and the AYE Conference, and I have served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance.

Don Gray - co-host Coaching Beyond the Team Workshops
Don Gray –

My experience across a variety of industries, from small startups to Fortune 50 organizations, provides a solid platform for assisting clients through their transition to Agile development practices.I incorporate my study of communication, personality types, team styles, systems thinking, and human systems dynamics into my work and writing. You can find a number of my articles published at Better Software magazine and StickyMinds.com.

I frequently speak at local and regional conferences as well as Agile Development Practices and the Agile 201x Conferences.