“Watching a great agile coach is like watching a magician. No matter how closely you watch, you can’t quite figure out how she does it.” (Mike Cohn)
Our world gets more complex every day. Due to the growing number of feedback loops, new problems emerge every minute. Regarding Ashby's Law, we need a complex system to create answers to these problems.
As an agile coach, your goal is to ‘design’ a social complex adaptive system that will give good answers to complex questions. These systems are called ‘teams’, or ‘organizations’. At DPS we focus on the team level. This is why we call the person who tries to have an impact on the social system, the Agile Team Coach (ATC).
At DPS it's the Agile Team Coach's job to assist a cross-functional, diverse team to work independently, and help it to become a fast-moving, fast learning team that frequently delivers results. You will assist every member in discovering and developing their full potential. Then, you will do the same for the team to discover and develop its full potential as a social system.
An agile coach knows exactly how to use agile frameworks and how to teach them, for example Scrum and Kanban. They can also facilitate events like retrospectives, planning meetings or Ideation sessions. Whenever a team is dealing with a difficult situation, the agile coach might have been in a similar situation before, so they can mentor the team and share their experiences. Like a professional coach, they ask powerful questions to assist others to discover their full potential. They know a lot about group dynamics and can help the team understand themselves and regulate itself as a team. While a mediator can assist conflicting parties to find a resolution, the agile coach goes further by teaching the team how to resolve conflicts on their own.
Of course, 3months is not enough time to become an experienced agile coach. If you apply to DPS you will get eleven weeks of experience in the role. This will be a crucial step on your way to becoming an agile coach. You will have mentors, coaches and experienced agile practitioners around you.
In the 3-month training program at Digital Product School, you won't just learn the fundamentals of agile team coaching, you will practice it every day! You will try, you will fail, you will reflect. Then you will do it again. You will gain unforgettable, hands-on experience for your future professional life.
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