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Lyssa Adkins


President, Agile Coaching Institute

Location: Richmond, VA USA but work all over the world


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

Groups I belong to

Agile Richmond


Since 2004, Lyssa Adkins has 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. She says...

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.  WIth Agile Coaching Institute, I have trained over 2,000 people in the skills and mindsets of great agile coaching.

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), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB), Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC).  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.

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Organizations I Train Through

Approved Courses

Continuing Education

  • The Agile Facilitator
  • Coaching Agile Teams: The Mindset and Skills of Great Agile Coaching
  • Agile Coach Bootcamp
  • Agile Workshop
  • Front Row Agile Online Training
  • Coaching Agile Teams


  • Certified ScrumMaster


  • Certified Scrum Product Owner

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.


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