Lyssa Adkins


Coach of Agile Coaches, Agile Coaching Institute

Location: Richmond, VA USA


Certified Scrum Coach
Registered Education Provider
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

My Courses

Extended Education
11-15 August, 2014
Location: Dearborn, MI, United States

Extended Education
15-17 September, 2014
Location: New York, NY, United States

Extended Education
29 September - 3 October, 2014
Location: Essex, MA, United States

Extended Education
13-15 October, 2014
Location: Kansas City, MO, United States

Extended Education
3-4 November, 2014
Location: Washington, DC, United States

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Groups I belong to

Agile Richmond


I am a Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach.    

Since 2004, I have taught Scrum and Agile Coaching to well over a thousand students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to scores of apprentice coaches. In both one-on-one settings and small groups, I enjoy a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams and organizations they coach. Prior to agile, I had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers (I was even a PMO Director -- twice!), yet nothing prepared me for the power of agile done simply and well.

I believe that agile is more than an alternate project management methodology and I am passionate about deepening the roles in agile – specifically agile coach and agile manager – to help agile move into its fullest expression.

I hold an alphabet soup of certifications: Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB) and Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC).  I am also a trained Co-Active Coach and Leader.

In 2010, I authored Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition.

As co-founder and co-president of the Agile Coaching Institute, the quest to improve the skills and abilities of agile coaches takes center stage. We believe that agile coaches are powerful transformation agents...when they are well equipped. We are equipping them with transformative training classes and coaching. Why? Few companies are enjoying the full promise of agile done well because agile is not just a "process." It is a means of improving everything, which is exciting and can be quite difficult. Agile coaches are in the perfect position to help their companies with this difficulty and to use agile well and fully. To do so, those coaches need the complete set of skills and mindsets -- that's what the Agile Coaching Institute brings.

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Organizations I Train Through

Approved Courses

Extended Education

  • The Agile Facilitator
  • Coaching Agile Teams: The Mindset and Skills of Great Agile Coaching
  • Agile Coach Bootcamp

Articles I've written

Two Tips to Help Product Owners with Release Planning
In real estate, it's all about location, location, location, In agile, we could say it's all about business value, business value, business value. Lyssa Adkins gives product owners tips to keep in mind when making plans for a release so that they don't forget their ultimate goal: produce the highest business value first.

The Manager's Role in Agile
When a team converts to agile, managers are often left wondering what part they will play in leading an agile team to success. Just as the team must learn new skills in order to self-organize, managers should explore a new set of competencies in order to function most effectively.