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

Mentally Challenging

Mentally challenging, a lot of great material organized very well.

Gert Brits - Agile Coach
Spotify

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

JoAnne Brandstedter - Agile PMO

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

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

Share a lens

Esther and Don share a a lens that coaches can use to gain insights into their organizations and create small experiments that create an opportunity to learn and improve.

Ryan Ripley - Agile for Humans
Ryan Ripley & Company

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 - Director, Test Engineering
Medidata Solutions

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

Cliff Hazell - Coach

No better way to start understanding what you see as you work with teams, groups, and organizations. An astonishing amount of insight in two days of interaction.

Michael Tardiff - Consultant

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

Great tips on problem visualization techniques.

Superb facilitation.

Natalja Calderon - Agile Coach / Consultant
Omega Point

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

Michael Schreiber - Senior Software Engineer

It opened me up to new tools and techniques that I can use to improve our relationships with our clients.

Caleb Powell - Technical Director
Intelliware

Shift your organization postively

Process of learning how to engage problems in a way consistent with your values and shift your organization positively.

Jason Blosser - Assist VP of IT Services
North Dakota State University

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

Charlie Sweet - Application Development Team Lead
Baird

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
Centare

Better understand the system

It helped me better understand the system I work in, and gave me a plethora of tools I can bring back to my organization to make improvements in the system.

Mike Vitale - President
Mavelous

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.