What Does An Agile Coach Do Anyway?

There is a lot of confusion in our industry about what an Agile Coach does and how they add value to an organization. It takes a lot to be an Agile Coach and a lot of their work can sometimes be subtle and far reaching. Here’s what some of our coaches have to say about what an Agile Coach is:

What does an Agile Coach do anyway?

Jeff Bubolz

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Agile coaches teach people agile practices and principles and then coach teams and organizations to use these practices and principles. A unique dynamic with an agile coach is that from day 1 their job is to work themselves out of a job. An agile coach offers the gift of an agile mindset, but like with any gift the recipient can either choose to accept or reject it.

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Peter Nowak

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An Agile coach helps teams and organizations respond to change. They do this by creating an environment within your organization that is continuously inspecting their current process and looking for ways to improve. They try to create a culture that is constantly learning and improving.

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Erin Koth

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I’ve had to answer this question many times to many different people, and what I come back to is it’s my job to help make developers lives better. How do I do this? By coaching organizations to limit work in progress, to have a vision, to work on the most valuable thing and to keep a sustainable pace (no more death marches!). There’s lots more that we do as coaches, but I always come back to that core idea when I ask myself, "Is this right?"

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Jason Malmstadt

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Here’s a very common problem: a team feels lost in a seemingly unscalable mountain of work, exerting a lot of effort, but resulting in little that’s actually usable. Agile Coaches help teams organize the work in a way everyone can understand and tackle together. They also drive organizational change to make these improvements stick. Ultimately, they help teams deliver real, working product in shorter periods of time, improving satisfaction in the product and in the job itself.

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