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Does the Agile Coach Academy help me to achieve coaching certifications?

It’s important to distinguish between what you mean by coaching certifications. Let’s start with Agile coaching certifications. The answer is yes, the Agile Coach Academy will absolutely help you to a…

How is the Agile Coach Academy going to help me in my career?

Although career development is an important part of a scrum master’s journey, I would urge you to focus on the personal development element of the academy. Over the years I have seen people achieve pr…

Does the Agile Coach Academy actively coach and mentor me?

Yes, it does. The idea for the Agile Coach Academy was born out of conversations that Karim and I had about how there were so few resources available to help us when we first set out on our journey as…

What do I need to sign up for the Agile Coach Academy?

You need experience. You need actual working experience and practice as a Scrum Master in a working environment. The Agile Coach Academy is designed to help you overcome the challenges you currently f…

What is the Agile Coach Academy?

The Agile Coach Academy was an idea me and Karim explored when we first started Agile Centre. We had both invested thousands of pounds in courses, books, seminars, and workshops over our decade long j…

Will I be a more effective coach after doing the CSP-SM course?

You will certainly have the tools, techniques, and theory to help you become a great deal more effective, but it is going to take time for you to practice and evolve as an Agile coach. The Scrum Allia…

Is the CSP-SM course an Agile coaching course?

Yes, it is. In many ways, a scrum master acts as an Agile coach for the scrum team, the product owners, and even people in the organisation who are not part of the scrum team. Coaching and facilitatio…

How long is the CSP-SM course and how is it structured?

The Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master course is a total of sixteen (16) hours. We deliver the course in two formats. The first is over two (2) full days, from 9am to 5:30pm and the second form…

How much of a difference will the CSP-SM course have on my career?

It could have a significant impact on your career if you embed the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques into your everyday practice. A certification in and of itself will always hold value for emp…

What will I learn on the CSP-SM course?

The Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM) course was designed by the Scrum Alliance to build on the advanced knowledge of the Advanced Certified Scrum Master course and certify individual…

Is the ACSM a steppingstone to the CSP-SM course?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) course was designed to act as a bridge between the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course and the Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM) course. Th…

How difficult is the ACSM course?

It depends on your current skills, experience and mindset. If you find that you have mastered the basics of Scrum and are actively looking for more advanced knowledge, tools, and techniques to overcom…

Does the ACSM course translate into a better salary?

Curious about the impact an Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course will have on your earning potential? John McFadyen takes some time out to explain how the course will benefit you. Very few co…

Could I coach new scrum masters after doing an ACSM course?

Curious about whether you will be able to coach new scrum masters after doing the ACSM course? John McFadyen explains. Yes, you can. In fact, I am hoping that you would already be mentoring and coachi…

How actionable is the ACSM course content?

It is very actionable. The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course is designed to help you make the transition from apprentice Scrum Master to advanced Scrum Master by providing you with the ins…

What will I be able to do after the ACSM course?

Curious about how the ACSM course will impact your #scrum career journey? John McFadyen walks us through what you’ll be able to do after attending the Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) cour…

How well recognised and respected is the A-CSM course?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) certification from the Scrum Alliance is fairly young compared to the Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master certifications. I…

Will an ACSM course earmark me for promotion at work?

Curious about what promotion opportunities advanced training will offer you? John McFadyen explains in this short video. It is very seldom that a company will award a promotion exclusively because of …

What are my next steps after the ACSM course?

The Scrum Alliance designed the Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) course to be the bridge between the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course and the Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-S…

Can I attend the CSP-SM course without doing an ACSM course first?

You are more than welcome to attend a Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM) course without having done an Advanced Certified Scrum Master course, but we wouldn’t advise it. The reason for…

What is the difference between a CSM and an ACSM course?

They are chalk and cheese. The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course is designed as an entry level certification that introduces delegates to Scrum and primarily, the role of the Scrum Master in Scrum. …

Does the ACSM course teach me or simply validate my skills?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course is designed to both teach you new skills as well as validate your current skills as a Scrum Master. The course was designed to bridge the gap between …

Powerful Questions in Coaching

A powerful question is a question that evokes or draws out a reaction, an insight, a fact, or an opportunity for greater exploration. Think of questions as doorways. Questions open the door to dialogu…

Benefits of Coaching to the Coachee

As the world becomes more complex, many managers and leaders are turning to certified coaches to help them make decisions and take effective action. How big is the market for coaching? The coaching in…

Avoiding Assumptions in Coaching

Assumption is defined as ‘a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof ‘ by the Oxford Dictionary, whilst the Cambridge Dictionary define assumptio…

What do I need to know before signing up for the ACSM course?

 The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (ACSM) course was designed to be a natural evolution for Certified Scrum Masters (CSM) in their quest to become a Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master. T…

Is the ACSM course theoretical or practical?

It’s a blend of both. The ACSM course features necessary theoretical knowledge and concepts that will help you better understand how Agile originated and why it has become such a powerful methodology …

How does the ACSM course prepare you to be a better Scrum Master?

The ACSM course was created by the Scrum Alliance to be a bridge between the Certified Scrum Master and the Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master certifications. It was designed to provide Certifi…

Why do I need a year’s experience as a CSM before I can attend the ACSM course?

Technically, you could join the Advanced Certified Scrum Master course a day after completing the Certified Scrum Master course, but we wouldn’t be allowed to certify you as an Advanced Certified Scru…

Does the ACSM course prepare me to be an Agile coach?

In theory, a Scrum Master is already performing the role of an Agile coach within the Scrum Team and the wider organisation. A great Agile coach is someone who has years of deeply immersed experience …

How long is the ACSM course and how is it structured?

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master course is presented over a total of 16 hours. We have two different formats available for the course, namely in-person and live online training. On the remote, onli…

What will I learn on the ACSM course?

It’s an advanced course that follows on from the Certified Scrum Master course and builds on the knowledge and experience you will have gathered in the year or so since you became a Scrum Master. My c…

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 …

Meetup: ‘Co creating Great Employee Experience’ with Natal Dank

Online event, hosting Natal Dank – who heads up learning, coaching, and community at PXO Culture and is seen as a pioneer in the Agile HR movement. Overview of the event In a disruptive world, i…

Meetup: ‘The 6 Enablers of Business Agility’ with Karim Harbott

Online event, hosting Karim Harbott – non-executive director with the Scrum Alliance & author of the up-coming book The Six Enablers of Business Agility; How to Thrive in an Uncertain World.…

Meetup: ‘Business Agility: Pivot or Perish’ with Richard Cheng

Live, online Agile Leadership & Business Agility Meetup hosting Richard Cheng – Vice President of Training & Chief Product Owner at NextUp Solutions and Certified Scrum Trainer. Overview…

SWARMing across Strategies with Graeme H

In this video, Graeme discusses SWARMing across Strategies, from principles to practices, for implementing agile principles at scale. With an introduction to tools and techniques, Graeme explains his …

Why Coaching is the Number One Skill for Leaders in in an Uncertain World

It is often said that everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change themselves. There are few groups for which this is more apt than senior leaders. It was once thought that leaders n…

5 Levers for Changing Organisational Culture

Organisational culture is one of the most powerful, and misunderstood, concepts around. Leaders and coaches alike understand the power of culture to make—or, more likely, break—an agile transformation…

Is your Agile getting stale? Take the Mani-fresh-to Challenge today!

TLDR; Everything changed in 2020, even the Scrum Guide got an update, but the Agile Manifesto didn’t. With my good friend Chris, we came up with an idea to re-develop it and in the process, really pic…

On Agile & Mastery

I’m lucky enough to find my job professionally satisfying. That’s because I think that the line of work I’m in actually matters—not just to me, but to anyone who works in teams or with processes that …

Meetup: ‘Testing Business Ideas’ with David Bland

Live, online Agile Leadership & Business Agility Meetup hosting David Bland – co-author of Testing Business Ideas with Alex Osterwalder and CEO & Founder of Precoil —Overview of the event— Build…

Introduction to SAFe

SAFe® is an acronym for Scaled Agile Framework® and was introduced in 2011 by co-creators Dean Leffingwell and Drew Jemilo as an actionable framework for Business Agility, inspired by the Agile Manife…

Meetup: ‘Coaching Leaders through Uncertainty’ with Tracy Sinclair

Live, online Agile Leadership & Business Agility Meetup event hosting Tracy Sinclair – Director at Large on the International Coaching Federation Global Enterprise Board & co-author of ‘Becomi…

Meetup: ‘Agile Skills in a Digital World’ with Lyn & Simon Girvan

Lyn and Simon Girvan discuss Agile skills in a digital world and answer crowdsourced questions on the topic. Key Q&A topics include: • Why is Agile important in a digital world? • Businesses have…

Meetup: ‘Uber Reteaming’ with Stefan Aust

Uber reteaming – Stefan Aust Frequent reteaming has a negative impact to an organization. New team members join, current members leave or are reassigned to other projects in an instant. Hectic transf…

Meetup: ‘Welcome to the launch of the Agile Mani-fresh-to!’ with Chris Yardy & Rich Freeman

Welcome to the launch of the Agile Mani-fresh-to! – Chris Yardy & Rich Freeman What changed in 2020? Well, pretty much everything! We went in to the office, stayed at home, struggled at the home-…

Why OKRs aren’t enough on their own: Goals and Standards

Objectives and Key Results – OKRs – are a well known goal-setting technique; there’s a wealth of great content that explains what they are. This post is about OKRs as part of the ble…

Essential Skills – Critical Analysis

In a recent conversation with Tyrrell Basson from Manchester University, we explored the topic of ‘essential skills’ for the future. What skills would be necessary for an organisation to succeed 12 mo…

Meetup: ‘Bringing Leadership Agility to Agile’ with Bill Joiner

Join us for our next live Online event, this time hosting Bill Joiner – author of Leadership Agility and founder of the Leadership Agility 360 assessment.- –Overview of the event— Everyone is tal…

There Are Sabre-Toothed Tigers in Your Office

An ancient part of our brains that existed to keep us alive in a world of danger has evolved. But rather than evolving by toning down its power to cope with the much safer world of today, it has found…

The SCARF Model – How it affects agile teams

In the post ‘There Are Sabre-Toothed Tigers In Your Office‘, we discussed how our brains have evolved, and that the primal response that helped protect us from sabre-toothed tigers had cha…

Meetup: ‘Agile People Leadership’ with Pia-Maria Thorén

—Overview of the event— Agile People Coach – An alternative career for HR and Managers in the Future of Work The role of HR and Managers is changing into a more guiding and coaching role for the…

Agile Coaching Capability

I’m a bit of a rugby fan and often find myself wanting to run out with the lads, moving through the field like a wrecking ball and scoring the winning try as the opposition lies in my wake, sobbing wi…

Meetup: ‘Personal Agility’ with Maria Matarelli

Join us for our next live Online event, this time hosting Maria Matarelli – co-founder of the Agile Marketing Academy, and co-author of Personal Agility: Doing More That Matters. —Overview of the e…

Innovation versus Protectionism

The last time we suffered a global pandemic that brought the world to its knees was in 1918. A little over a century ago. The Spanish Flu collided with a transitional world that had just been through …

Course Schedule – ICAgile ® Certified Agile Team Coaching (ICP-ACC)

The ICP-ACC agile coach training is one of two knowledge-based certifications on the Agile Coaching track. The certification focuses primarily on the mindset, roles, and responsibilities of an Agile C…

How are you certified? – ICAgile ® Certified Agile Team Coaching (ICP-ACC)

The ICP-ACC agile coach training is one of two knowledge-based certifications on the Agile Coaching track. The certification focuses primarily on the mindset, roles, and responsibilities of an Agile C…

Course Logistics – ICAgile ® Certified Agile Team Coaching (ICP-ACC)

The ICP-ACC agile coach training is one of two knowledge-based certifications on the Agile Coaching track. The certification focuses primarily on the mindset, roles, and responsibilities of an Agile C…

Day 5 Overview – ICAgile ® Certified Agile Team Coaching (ICP-ACC)

The ICP-ACC agile coach training is one of two knowledge-based certifications on the Agile Coaching track. The certification focuses primarily on the mindset, roles, and responsibilities of an Agile C…

The Karpman Drama Triangle – ICAgile ® Certified Agile Team Coaching (ICP-ACC)

The ICP-ACC agile coach training is one of two knowledge-based certifications on the Agile Coaching track. The certification focuses primarily on the mindset, roles, and responsibilities of an Agile C…

Day 1 Overview – ICAgile ® Certified Agile Team Coaching (ICP-ACC)

The ICP-ACC agile coach training is one of two knowledge-based certifications on the Agile Coaching track. The certification focuses primarily on the mindset, roles, and responsibilities of an Agile C…

Day 4 Overview – ICAgile ® Certified Agile Team Coaching (ICP-ACC)

The ICP-ACC agile coach training is one of two knowledge-based certifications on the Agile Coaching track. The certification focuses primarily on the mindset, roles, and responsibilities of an Agile C…

Day 2 Overview – ICAgile ® Certified Agile Team Coaching (ICP-ACC)

The ICP-ACC agile coach training is one of two knowledge-based certifications on the Agile Coaching track. The certification focuses primarily on the mindset, roles, and responsibilities of an Agile C…

Day 3 Overview – ICAgile ® Certified Agile Team Coaching (ICP-ACC)

The ICP-ACC agile coach training is one of two knowledge-based certifications on the Agile Coaching track. The certification focuses primarily on the mindset, roles, and responsibilities of an Agile C…

Short Course Overview – ICAgile ® Certified Agile Team Coaching (ICP-ACC)

The ICP-ACC agile coach training is one of two knowledge-based certifications on the Agile Coaching track. The certification focuses primarily on the mindset, roles, and responsibilities of an Agile C…

Course Overview – ICAgile ® Certified Agile Team Coaching (ICP-ACC)

The ICP-ACC agile coach training is one of two knowledge-based certifications on the Agile Coaching track. The certification focuses primarily on the mindset, roles, and responsibilities of an Agile C…

Meetup: ‘Better Value Sooner Safer Happier: Antipatterns & Patterns for Business Agility’ with Jon Smart

Jon Smart shared details about his new book “Safer Sooner Happier: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility”. Jon assists organisations across industries to deliver Better Value Sooner Safer Ha…

ORCA – A powerful feedback model

Ken Blanchard described it as “the breakfast of champions”; Bill Gates said “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve”; and Jim Yong Kim said that “the most fundamental thin…

Where did you get that hat?

In my previous blog post “Where are all the managers in Agile?”, I discussed why agile doesn’t need the kinds of management that is often present in organisations and suggested some alternatives that …

Meetup: ‘Agile Hardware’ with Joe Justice

The speed of New Product Development and New Product Introduction is related to the agile management of the enterprise and the agility of the manufacturing processes. The CEO’s of Volkswagen, Bosch, T…

Meetup: ‘Untapped Agility – Leadership Moves to Transform Your Transformation’ with Jesse Fewell

Untapped Agility, seven leadership moves to take your Transformation to the next level, with Jesse Fewell. Overview of the event: Agile transformations are supposed to make organizations modern, comp…

Meetup: ‘Manege or menage?’ with Dave Snowden

Join us for our next live Online event, this time hosting Dave Snowden – CSO & Founder of Cognitive Edge and Director of the Cynefin Centre. Over his career, Dave has pioneered a science-based app…

Bring rigour to your thinking

“Belief is so often the death of reason” – Lord Varys, Master of Whisperers – Game of Thrones The Agile Manifesto, created in Snowbird Utah (2001), is a work of Genius inspired by a team of bril…

Meetup: ‘Leadership is about uncertainty by default’ with Sohrab Salimi

Join us for our third live Online event, this time hosting Sohrab Salimi – Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Scrum Alliance & CEO and Founder of Scrum Academy. Overview of the event: I…

Genesis: Levels of Agile Capability and Competence

Once upon a time, circa May 2016, the world was a comparatively predictable place. For the most part, square pegs fit into square holes, and we moved from point A to point D in a seemingly logical, se…