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.

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

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

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

Charlie Sweet - Application Development Team Lead
Baird

Taking a systems view to complex organization problems (without going to crazy).

Paul Tevis - Coach
Appfolio

Great material, superb instructors, inspiring and most of all helpful!!

Gôran Bakken - Awesome Tester
House of Test

Fireside Chat

Powerful / Pragmatic / Contemplation / Experiential Learning

Like a fireside chat / mountain retreat with Esther & Don.

Learning with the best of the best.

Mark Biro - Business Consultant
Nationwide

Engage in systems thinking

An opportunity to learn and experience practices and methods in systems thinking.

Jeff McKenna - Founder
Agile Action

It’s great if you’re feeling like you’re stuck. The class gives you some tools to look at a problem in different ways that lead to new insights and a confidence that there are things you can do to be useful.

Crystal Harris - Director of Agile Delivery
Penn Mutual

The workshop covers a series of concepts and tools that you can learn and apply to help improve your effectiveness.

Lawrence Ludlow - Director, Process
Intelliware

We are all at sea in a fleet without a map. Now you will see this situation more clearly and how to help navigate.

Ryan Latta - Senior Consultant / Wizard
ThoughtWorks

No powerpoint. Just engagement and collaboration.

Dave Cornelius - Value Delivery Leader
Bio-Rad Labs

New learning journey

Understanding the system of yourself, along with seeing deeper the systems around you, is an outcome of the workshop which sets you on a new learning journey.

Zach Bonaker - Benevolent Trouble Maker

Collaboratively improve a system

A series of ideas and techniques to collaboratively improve a system.

Nick Korbel - Development Manager
Pampered Chef

Adjust after you understand

Learn a process framework for analyzing a problem, the players, and the factors that describe the context. Then you can consider how you might experiment with adjusting the system after you understand it.

Eric Proegler - Directro, Test Engineering
Medidata Solutions

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

Concepts & Tools

Concepts and tools for working with the rest of the organization.

Michael Wallace - Global Agile Coach
Global Financial Services Firm

It provides both insights and specific tools for making effective change – within an organization as well as within one’s self.

Markus Silpala
Silpala Software

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.