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A Guide for Using Disciplined Agile Through a Coaching Lens
Disciplined Agile (DA) is a toolkit of options for organisational change with lightweight guidance on how to make the right choices when choosing new ways of working. The options for change are categorised by area of the organisation and by problem type or reason for making the change.
For a full description of how to use the toolkit you can
visit the Disciplined Agile website and read about process goal diagrams.
At AWA we do not prescribe solutions for the organisations
we coach. Instead, we systemically coach those who are closest to the business
challenge so that they can clearly see the problem and design experiments that
can be safely run to improve ways of working.
We help our clients solve their own problems so that they
create a culture of change and can meet any problems in the future with a
mindset of experimentation and exploration.
Choosing the right experiments
The options that DA offers come from what other
organisations have actually done. They are not theory but based upon real
experience. The options are explained and have trade-offs and notes supplied.
We use Disciplined Agile as a reference for our clients so
that they can be better informed when creating their own ways of working for
their specific context.
A single example amongst many:
At AWA we typically work with whole organisations or large
teams such as 120 people. In these situations, there is a need to share
knowledge, build a shared identity, and share improvements.
If we were consultants only, we would tell the client what
we think is the solution to their problem. However, we know this does not work.
It creates resistance and it is an abuse of our position of authority.
Instead, we use inclusion to create diversity, to explore
the challenge with those involved and facilitate a safe space to explore the
problem. Solutions often naturally arise with full ownership. When solutions do
not naturally arise, we still don’t tell, but teach and mentor options to try,
and let those affected choose.
For this problem, we
can share the DA options and add any extra options that we might feel
Improvements’ option of the ‘Continuous Improvement’ blade is pictured
here. The DA options are listed in order of likelihood of success or put
another way, the order in which most people have had the most success at.
The arrow pointing upwards shows that it is an ordered list
with the ‘Communities of Practice’ as the most effective and ‘word of mouth’
being least. The items in bold are the default items to try. These are the most
likely, popular, or recommended placed to start. They are not always at the top
of the ordered list as sometimes it is better to build up to a particular way
AWA coaches help our clients to understand the different options
and choose the right ones. We help them create experiments and to implement the
changes in the way most likely to create ownership, enthusiasm, and success.
In this way, DA can be combined with the AWA Coaching Approach
to create a successful organisational transition to agility.
If you are wondering how to create organisational agility in your organisation, are using DA and would like help, or would like to take a coaching stance to change, please email AWA on email@example.com or call +44(0) 203 369 1125.
Since the launch of Certified LeSS Training back in early 2015, Adventures with Agile have organised Certified LeSS trainings all over the world. Today we are pleased to announce that we will now offer the new Certified LeSS Basics one day course in London with our highly-experienced Certified LeSS Trainers, Ben Maynard and Dinesh Sharma who both have many years of deep experience in a wide range of sectors advising and coaching on LeSS adoptions.
WHAT IS LeSS?
Although LeSS is described as for scaling, LeSS is not about ‘enabling’ an existing big and clumsy organisation to “do agile” by painting agile labels on top. A key purpose of LeSS — the implication of its name — is actually descaling through organisational simplification. Descaling the number of roles, organisational structures, dependencies, architectural complexity, management positions, sites, and the number of people. LeSS is about scaling up the simple Scrum framework itself to achieve organisational descaling.
Unlike some other scaling frameworks, LeSS does not define a one-size-fits-all detailed recipe, and like Scrum, is based on recognising that development is too complex and situational for a prescriptive detailed recipe that a group can just “buy and install.” Rather, it will require creating a learning organisation, and lots of situational adaptation.
There are no fancy titles, no trains, no layers of management, but when you simplify and descale, you ought to be able to achieve more impact and flexibility with LeSS.
WHAT IS CERTIFIED LeSS BASICS?
This introductory one-day course offers you the opportunity to gain foundational knowledge of LeSS before embarking on the 3 day Certified LeSS Practitioner.
We feel that this is an excellent option for people and companies who are exploring how lean & agile development works with many teams working together on one product. What’s more The Certified LeSS Basics course is for anyone who is involved in the transformation and wants to get a taste for what LeSS is like.
You will learn:
how LeSS is a Scrum-based approach to scaling
summarise what impact this has on the organisational design (structures, policies, etc.)
the dynamics of component teams vs. feature teams
all LeSS roles and their purposes
plus lots more
you will also be able to:
engage and learn about LeSS at a deeper level when attending the three day Certified LeSS Practitioner
better determine whether LeSS is right for you and/or your organisation or not.
SPECIAL SATURDAY SESSION
We will also offer participants the opportunity to take the class on a special Saturday session in September, which is perfect for those of us who can’t get away during the week.
HOW TO TAKE PART
If you’re curious to learn more then join us and your colleagues on one of our future Certified LeSS Basics and Certified LeSS Practitioner courses. Plus…both courses can be booked together using our special bundled rate of £1500 + VAT. Simply choose from one of your preferred dates from the list below to book your place.
SEACON is THE Enterprise Agility conference that brings business and technology together.
Following SEACON’s sold-out conferences in 2017-18, this fantastic event is back to give all areas of your organisation the opportunity to leverage actionable insights from experienced practitioners and thought leaders in Enterprise Transformation, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Design, Agile and DevOps.
On Tuesday 12th November 2019, SEACON – London’s leading conference on enterprise agility – have got another incredible line-up and agenda.
In the first session of the day, Mik Kersten, Author of Project to Product, will explain how Value Stream Networks are transforming IT and business. Jane Austin, Head of Design at Babylon Health, will then share her experiences with service design and agility. The session ends with the founder of the Scrum Foundation, Gabrielle Benefield, and Red Hat’s Tim Beattie showing us how to construct Outcome Delivery models and how to visualise and apply Outcomes in our own context.
After a break, on the main stage, Simon Wardley (Wardley Maps) will be talking about the importance of Value Chain Mapping in a competitive environment which will be followed by some fascinating lightning talks covering Purpose, Leadership and Optimising Cycle Time. In the breakout room, Matthew Skelton and Manual Pais will be sharing organisational patterns and anti-patterns from their upcoming book, DevOps Teams Topologies, and Weaveworks founder, Alexis Richardson, will be giving an overview of GitOps, why it’s an essential step in the evolution of Continuous Delivery.
During the lunch break, there will a number of round table sessions hosted by SEACON’s sponsors, giving you the opportunity to discuss a variety of Enterprise Agility related topics with your peers.
Back on the main stage, the afternoon sessions kick off with three excellent outcome focussed case studies from the likes of Ovo Energy’s CTO and CPO (Ed Connolly and Kim Atherton) as well as the CIO of Volkswagen Financial Services, Christian Metzner.
Meanwhile in the breakout room, our founder and CEO, Simon Powers, returns to orchestrate one of his highly recommended Enterprise Agility Workshops.
In the final session of the day, Jon Smart (Head of Enterprise Agility at Deloitte) and Dan North will be sharing their insights, bringing together an incredible learning experience which will help you and your organisation adapt and grow.
So, join AWA and the community on 12th November at HereEast to find out how you can better yourself and help your organisation win!
There isn’t any time to waste if you want to join our next Enterprise Agile Coach Bootcamp in Dallas, Texas on June 24th – 28th. Early bird ends next week on Thursday, May 23rd. Don’t miss your chance to save $200 on this highly sought after, double ICAgile certified course!
“I thought I knew a lot coming into this class but now my head is chock full of more coaching techniques and the subtle fear of working with executives has been alleviated.” – Jolie Roy, Sr Agile Coach
Let’s take a look at the last four times we’ve run this course to give you an idea of why time is of the essence:
London, November 2018 – SOLD OUT
Chicago, December 2018 – SOLD OUT
London, April 2019 – SOLD OUT
Chicago, May 2019 – SOLD OUT
And what about our next course before Dallas?
Berlin, June 2019 – SOLD OUT
“The most thorough training course I’ve ever taken. The energy, knowledge and enthusiasm of the trainer was amazing.” – Karlene
Why is it so Popular?
You get the picture – this course is popular! Why is it so popular? Well for one it’s double ICAgile certified – the world’s leading certification body for agile mastery. This means in the space of just 5 comprehensive days you’ll attain both knowledge-based certifications in the ICAgile Enterprise Agile Coaching track. These are the ICAgile Certified Professional – Agility in the Enterprise (ICP-ENT) and the ICAgile Certified Professional – Coaching Agile Transitions (ICP-CAT). This is a required step toward attaining the ICAgile Certified Expert – Enterprise Agile Coaching (ICE-EC) designation; the industry’s first competence-based certification for Enterprise Agile Coaching.
And aside from these career-changing, industry recognised certifications, you’ll probably learn more about organisational change, enterprise coaching and agility in the 5 days than you would in a year of work. I’m not just saying that, that’s a direct quote from a previous attendee’s feedback form. There’s no need to just take my word, have a read of the testimonials on the course page. This learning experience is unparalleled.
“It’s expanded my skills in executive coaching, transformation and lean thinking. It has provided me with a practical and useful framework for enterprise transformation.” – Guillermo De Anda, VP of Agile CoE
Why should you avoid missing these last Early Birds? Pretty simple. Who doesn’t want to save $200?!
“It’s a game changer for me and is a must if you want to consider yourself an Enterprise Agile Coach.” – Olav Frouth, Agile Coach
So, now I know I’m really piling on the pressure here. But not only is there just one week to book using the Early Bird, there’s also just two places remaining at this price. So, it’s not just time, but your fellow attendees to race with! My advice? Book now and relax. Revel in the smugness of saving yourself $200 and knowing you’ll soon be learning the advanced understanding required to coach at the Enterprise level and have the certifications to show for it. Follow this link to go to the course registration page. Tick Tock.
What are ICP-ENT and ICP-CAT? And How Are They Different?
ICAgile – the world’s leading certification body for agile mastery – provides learners with a clear and comprehensive learning roadmap made up of separate “blades”. Each of these “blades” contain at least two high-quality knowledge-based certifications and a competency based called “ICAgile Expert”. The Enterprise Agile Coaching track is no different.
This advanced program includes two advanced certifications called:
So what exactly are ICP-ENT and ICP-CAT, what purpose do they serve, and how are they different?
AGILITY IN THE ENTERPRISE
The Agility in the Enterprise or ICP-ENT does pretty much as described. Above all, it’s a deep exploration into what exactly about an organisation needs to change in order for it to be more responsive and more value driven. Specifically, the learning objectives explore the leadership, structural, cultural and process perspectives of enterprise agility. So that you come away from the course with a pretty good idea of how to design an organisation with agility in mind.
Indeed this certification is very much the nuts and bolts of extending agility to the whole enterprise. It’s for these reasons that the AWA three-day course for ICP-ENT, called the Enterprise Agility Masterclass, covers a broad and deep range of topics including how marketing, sales, finance need to be engaged for business agility; many skills, tools and techniques to overcome common dysfunctions like handoffs and waste, and how to design a system that supports high-performance, customer focus, and facilitates agility.
In summary, the ICP-ENT helps “effectively to pinpoint systematic root causes that hinder us on our way to more agility” and “gives deep insights into the problems most companies struggle with today” and equips participants “with the right tools to solve them on an enterprise level.” So if you need to learn what changes your organisation needs to go through in order to be more sustainable and successful, this is the course to attend.
A really valuable investment that stretched my thinking, and encouraged me about the exciting opportunities for whole organisational agility.
Joel Robinson, Head of Strategy
COACHING AGILE TRANSITIONS
On the other hand, the Coaching Agile Transitions or ICP-CAT examines the world of transformation, specifically the people side of things. Firstly, we know that purely top-down approaches cause resistance and fail. Therefore, what we really need is active participation and self-management in solving real business problems. It’s for these reasons that we need to include everyone.
To do this we need systemic coaching and facilitation techniques that allow everyone involved in the structure or process, to participate in its co-creation. This is what the ICP-CAT certification seeks to bring about a deep understanding in. By exploring elements central to agile transitions such as organisational and human change processes, transformation strategies, addressing organisational impediments, and communicating, educating, and facilitating at an organisational level.
Therefore, in summary, the ICP-CAT seeks to expand your “skills in executive coaching and transformation” as well as “accelerating your understanding of organisational development, principles for change and how you can effectively coach at scale.” If you are wanting to learning systemic coaching approach to agility by engaging people in the whole process, then attend our Coaching for Enterprise Agility course.
EXPERIENCE THE LIGHTBULB MOMENTS
We have run these certified courses across the world to groups of people from all over the organisation including IT, HR and Execs, as well as Agile Coaches. What we are finding is that both these courses are having a profound and dramatic impact on the work that our learners are doing to forward their organisational goals. We have received many comments and feedback about how this training gave them many different lightbulb moments and was ultimately pivotal for their organisation, their career, and their life.
If you are tasked with enterprise wide change and the above summary resonates with you then considering joining our next sessions. Both courses can be taken independently or has part of our 5 day Enterprise Agile Coach Bootcamp.
Learn more about The Enterprise Agility Masterclass here.
Learn more about the Coaching for Enterprise Agility course here.
Learn more about Enterprise Agile Coach Bootcamp here.
SAVE WITH THE AWA TRAINING PASS
Book both training courses together for only £2600 + VAT (RRP £3300 +VAT). This time limited offer ends 11th June 2019. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Agile London at Funding Circle – A Journey of Sustainable Growth
We are excited to be attending the next Agile London event taking place as soon as Tuesday 21st May. AWA founder, Simon Powers will be giving a talk on the journey of a company, seen through the lens of our relationships with each other and our clients. It’s a 6pm start (time for a quick drink before the first talk starting around 6:20pm) and is being hosted by Funding Circle in their fantastic City based offices. We’d love to see you there so please click on this link if you’d like to come.
71 Queen Victoria St London EC4V 4AY
Some more info re the hosts… Funding Circle was created with one mission: to revolutionise the broken financial system and change small business finance. We’ve created the leading online marketplace for small business loans that directly connect credit worthy businesses with investors wanting attractive returns. We have 90,000 investors who to date have lent £7 billion to 68,000 businesses across the world. In 2018 alone lending through our platform created and sustained 115,000 jobs worldwide and contributed £6.5 billion to the global economy.
There will be 2 speakers from Funding Circle followed by the always excellent Simon Powers – as follows:
Title: A Journey of Sustainable Growth Synopsis: Our journey through an incredible period of growth from start-up to IPO, and the some learnings along the way
Speakers: Carl Pearse (Head of Global Delivery at Funding Circle). Carl oversees delivery across the whole group. Carl has worked in technology for over 20 years, working on small and large-scale agile implementations across a range of industries. Carl specialises in rapid growth lean agile start-ups in highly regulated environments.
Greg Morgan (Group Delivery Manager at Funding Circle). Greg is an Agile Delivery Manager for Originations, where we focus on the start of the borrower journey into listing a loan in the Funding Circle Market Place. Greg has spent 20 years working with people and teams in technology, mostly in financial services.
Title: The Art of Skilful Relationships Synopsis: Company journey seen through the lens of our relationships with each other and our clients.
Speaker: Simon Powers (Founder of Adventures with Agile). Simon has over 20 years’ experience helping large organisations to thrive in the market and to be better places to work. He works with the board of directors or senior managers to transform the way that they see themselves, each other, and their organisations.
Agile Team Coach 4.0 – Revised, Revamped, Refreshed
Since the launch of our “transformative” ICAgile Certified Agile Team Coach training course we have had the good fortune to share our “exceptional” class the world over. Above all, it’s been an incredible experience – from training in many different cities worldwide and growing our brilliant coach trainer faculty (interested? we’re recruiting) to working with our superstar local partners and ultimately forwarding our vision of making working life better.
THE LEARNINGS & CHALLENGES
That’s not to say that there hasn’t been a lot of learnings (and challenges) along the way, from navigating new markets and local customs (hello the longggg Portuguese lunch) and realizing the power and impact of our teaching tools like the wall of aims to logistical hiccups (thank you Amazon prime!).
MAKING THIS POSSIBLE
All of this wouldn’t be possible without our belief in providing the highest quality possible, in treating everyone with unconditional positive regard and proactivity in the relentless pursuit of improvement.
As the agile community know very well, continuous improvement isn’t just an important value to hold but an essential one. That’s why we strive to ensure our content is the best it can be through a regular cadence of revision and development of our material. So, today we are proud to share that we have just released the biggest revamp to our Agile Team Coach Class yet PLUS several new exciting bonuses for being part of the AWA Agile Team Coach Alumni!
Continue reading to find out more about what’s in store for you with Agile Team Coach 4.0….
Brand new team coaching tools, exclusive to AWA
Revised and Revamped workshops and modules
New quickly effective conflict resolution technique
Monthly in-person and virtual coaching practice provided freely for your continuous professional improvement and development
Brand new and improved student manual!
Why AWA? Why this Course?
Connect with other participants/peers and exchange experiences first hand
Experience what it is like to offer and receive professional coaching and how profoundly helpful it is
Facilitated by professional coaches with real-word experience working in agile transformations and agile teams across many different companies of all shapes and sizes
Free post training support through the global community of Agile Team Coach alumni
Global professional coach training faculty representing diversity of thought and experience
Twenty-one hours of immersive in-classroom training providing you with unrivalled access to deep experiential learning, support and practice to embed learning. Plus two sleeps helps the new learning sink in deeper!
Designed by Certified Training from the back of the Room Trainers using research -backed adult learning techniques
Highly-reputable training provider backed by years of experience, industry leading certification and globally recognised trainers
Access to full learning pathway from team to enterprise coaching (plus many other world-class trainings)
WHERE IN THE WORLD!?
If this has piqued your interest and you fancy joining one of our forthcoming classes check out the list below – we are also available for bringing this course in-house to your coaching group or department – drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
We had a great time at our last AWA Community meetup in London exploring how the way we coach impacts the success we have, which was facilitated by Nairy McMahon, Director of CCRUK (training provider of ORSC), and ORSC trained coaches, Philippe Guenet and Scott Cable. This was fantastic and exciting evening, which we have recorded for you to enjoy over on your YouTube channel.
How The Way We Coach Impacts The Success Of Our Clients/Projects - YouTube
TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
If you would like to learn more about how to co-create change with large groups of people using systemic coaching (like the ones we are exploring in our LSF series) then join us on our next ICAgile Certified Coaching For Enterprise Agility (ICP-CAT) course this June. Details and booking here.
Answering Questions with Stories – with Alistair Cockburn
Together with Psychology of Agile Scrum & Agile in Covent Garden meetups we are proud to host Dr Alistair Cockburn with his fascinating practical story based Q&A session. Sign-up for free on our meetup page here.
Answering Questions with Stories
Stories answer questions in a wonderful, sometimes roundabout way that permits the inclusion of contextual details left out of straightforward answers. And they are much more fun to listen to.
In this Q&A session, Alistair will solicit questions from the audience and answer them in the somewhat unusual form by telling stories from the hundreds of projects and companies he has seen. Show up with a question or three on any topics you care about, and watch to see what stories will show up to shed light on them. (Caveat: there will be many more questions asked than can be answered in this session, so not all questions will be chosen.)
Agenda: 18:30 – Networking, food and drinks 19:00 – Answering Questions with Stories 20:00 – More networking and drinks 20:30 – Departure
Presenter: Alistair Cockburn
Dr. Alistair Cockburn, one of the original creators of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was voted one of the “The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes” in 2007, for his pioneering work in use cases and agile software development. An internationally renowned IT strategist and author of the Jolt award-winning books “Agile Software Development” and “Writing Effective Use Cases”, he is an expert on agile development, use cases, process design, project management, and object-oriented design. In 2001 he co-authored the Agile Manifesto, in 2003 he created the Agile Development Conference, in 2005 he co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network, in 2010 he co-founded the International Consortium for Agile. His latest work is the “Heart of Agile“.
Alistair’s training in London
20-21 May Dr. Alistair Cockburn brings to you “The Heart of Agile”, applying agile to any industry and area of any type of organization. See more here.