Home » Roles » Agile Coaches » Agile Coach FAQ’s

Agile Coach FAQ’s

How long will it take to go from Scrum Master to Agile Coach?

For many people, it’s simply a case of updating your resume or LinkedIn profile. In many ways, a scrum master is an Agile coach. When they aren’t actively involved in the Scrum process, they act as Ag…

I lead a development team. Will becoming an Agile coach benefit us?

That’s an interesting one. It depends on how effectively you can make the transition from a team leader to a coach. Are you a leader or a manager? Are you someone who has a history of telling people w…

Do Agile coaches work with individuals or teams?

They work with both. Agile coaches play an integral in helping to build great teams. They do so by working with individuals within the team independently and by working with the team as a cohesive uni…

What is the difference between a Certified Enterprise Coach and a Certified Team Coach?

A Certified Enterprise Agile Coach (CEC) is an Agile coaching certification awarded to individuals who have demonstrated competence and capability working at the enterprise level of an organisation by…

I’m an entrepreneur. Will becoming an Agile coach help me lead my organisation more effectively?

The short answer is no. You’re an entrepreneur, you already have a significant job to do. What I would advise that you do is hire or observe an Agile coach in practice. Agile is a natural fit for entr…

How much of an impact can Agile coaches have for entrepreneurs?

Entrepreneurs are simply leaders in business often working in a smaller business than some of the giants out there. Agile coaches can work with entrepreneurs to keep them aware of options, aware of po…

How does Agile coaching help Agile transformations?

Traditionally, Agile coaches are involved in two areas of an Agile transformation. At the team level and at the executive leadership level. In my experience, Agile coaches are often placed at the team…

I’m a project manager, can I make the transition to Agile coach?

Yes, you can. Project managers possess a great deal of valuable skills that are transferable into the Agile world. Project managers already understand the process of delivering great products that tru…

How will hiring an Agile coach help our business?

If you hire the right person and listen to their feedback and input, you’re going to find that an Agile coach is having the kind of conversations that helps the team and the organisation identify bott…

What is the difference between an Agile coach and a project manager?

Where to begin. A project manager possesses a great deal of amazing skills in project delivery. They are primarily concerned with delivering a project within a specified time frame and within a specif…

Is Agile coaching a natural evolution from Scrum Mastery?

It can be, and it often is a natural progression for many scrum masters. It was for me personally too. As a Scrum Master, you’re working on helping teams embrace Scrum to solve complex problems and bu…

How effective is Agile coaching in an organisation that doesn’t embrace Agile?

Many organisations don’t know and understand Agile. Many of them simply aren’t ready to make the transition to a completely new way of working. Some of them have great reasons why a full Agile transfo…

Are there levels of seniority for Agile coaches?

In any working environment, there are going to be people with varying degrees of expertise and experience. It’s that diversity that makes Agile coaching so valuable and rewarding. There isn’t, however…

How will I know if the Agile coach role is a good fit for me?

The best way to find out is to do the work. Be an Agile coach. An Agile coach is often a thankless job. If something goes wrong, it’s the Agile coach that gets called out for it. When things go well, …

How is an Agile coach different to a Scrum Master?

Technically, they are no different. There is a difference in style and expertise but ultimately, a great scrum master acts as a coach throughout the organisation to help the team optimize Scrum and ac…

What would be a great apprenticeship for an Agile coach?

Working in an Agile environment, with a team, to actively create and produce products or services that truly delight customers. There is no substitute for actual experience in the role, actively worki…

Can I become an Agile coach from both the Scrum Master and Product Owner tracks?

Yes, you can. In the vast majority of cases, scrum masters generally progress into Agile coaching as a result of the degree of coaching that is involved in their work as a Scrum Master. They work with…

Do project managers make great candidates for Agile Coaches?

It depends. Are they even good as a project manager? If they are, they possess valuable skills that are transferable into the coaching and Agile coaching environment? It depends a lot on mindset as we…

How do I integrate Agile coaching into a traditional management role?

Let’s start with coaching before we examine the ‘Agile’ part of that question. Over the past 100 years, management has thrived in the simple or complicated space. Production lines and civil engineerin…

Is Agile Coaching a line management position?

There’s nothing to stop an Agile coach from being a line manager, but I wouldn’t advise it. They are 2 distinctly separate roles. Line Management A line manager usually carries a great deal of authori…

Do I need to be an expert in Scrum to start my journey as an Agile coach?

It’s important to define what you mean by ‘expert’. The Scrum Guide is officially 13 pages long. It is simple to understand yet incredibly hard to master. Much of your experience in a Scrum environmen…

Do you need to be an Agile or Scrum practitioner to become an Agile coach?

Yes, you do. You really need to understand Agile. You need to have lived it, breathed it, and worked within Agile team environments to really get this stuff. You need to understand, on a visceral leve…

What are career opportunities for an Agile coach?

The sky is truly the limit. An Agile coach works with large and small organisations around the world. You could be invested in helping individuals as they progress through their apprenticeship and jou…

What is the difference between an Agile coach and a traditional coach?

A professional coach uses questions and frameworks to help guide you through thinking about the problem you are trying to solve. They help you understand, specifically, what it is that you want to do …

What is an Agile coach?

An Agile coach is someone who helps align a team with Agile values and principles so that the team can thrive. They are invested in creating an environment where teams can build products and services …