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The Coaching Stance class - Boston area, MA
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM Agile Coaching Institute 131 Middlesex Turnpike Burlington MA 01803 United States of America 42.4904849 -71.2238098 1500.00


Agile Coaching Institute

  • Course

    Date: 24-25 June, 2013
    Location: Burlington, MA, United States of America

    Regular Price: 1500.00

    The Coaching Stance course description


    Come learn and experience what the world of professional coaching has to offer the agile coach.   In this course, you will be steeped in the skills and mind-sets of professional coaching while being firmly grounded in our agile context.  Everything is 100% applicable to your real-world situation of coaching agile teams and organizations and you will both learn and practice, practice, practice throughout the course.


    Just like with the Coaching Agile Teams course, by the end of this course you’ll walk away with your personal coaching improvement backlog – a tangible plan you can use to thoughtfully improve your coaching when you’re back in your daily circumstances.  We use agile scenarios throughout the class allowing you to craft powerful ways to address the real world challenges you face.  You’ll also have many new things to try and you will probably depart with a few provocative ideas to chew on (in fact, maybe wrangle with for a while). All of this adds up to your ability to become the excellent agile coach your teams and organizations need.


    Our Instructors

    Lyssa Adkins

    Lyssa AdkinsSince 2004, I have taught Scrum to hundreds of students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to many 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 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

    Cynthia Loy Darst

    Cynthia Loy DarstNamed “One of the Top Ten Most Influential Coaches in the U.S.,” Darst is playful and inspiring, working with all kinds of people to move them past limitations and into action. She was one of the first to gain the designation of Master Certified Coach (MCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF), was a founding leader for The Center for Right Relationship and The Coaches Training Institute, as well as being one of the founders of the ICF. Darst maintains a full roster of private clients including entrepreneurs, entertainment industry executives and corporate executives at Boeing, American Express, Wells Fargo, and Ernst & Young, among others.  Cynthia co-created The Coaching Stance course with ACI and lends her expertise to co-lead that course for ACI.





  • Details

    Date: 24-25 June, 2013
    Location: Burlington, MA, United States of America

    131 Middlesex Turnpike
    Burlington, MA 01803 United States of America

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    Regular Price: 1500.00


    Cancellation Policy

    We make business decisions based on how many people have registered for a given event.  If you must change or cancel your registration, please know that it impacts everyone.  Still, we know that sometimes things happen.  Here's how it will work if you must reschedule of cancel:

    If you notify ACI at least 15 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event   -or-
    a full refund.

    If you notify ACI less than 15 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event minus a $25 rescheduling fee  -or-  a full refund minus a $100 cancellation fee.

    If you notify ACI less than 5 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event minus a $150 rescheduling fee plus any additional expenses incurred for catering and event charges resulting from your cancellation. No refunds.

  • Agenda

    Course Content

    Deep dive on core professional coaching skills such as Levels of Listening, Powerful Questions, Articulating What’s Going On, Acknowledgement, Clearing, Self-Management, Finding Values, Curiosity and more

    • Designing the coaching alliance with sponsors, managers, teams and team members
    • The anatomy of a coaching session (and a lot of practice!)
    • Making clear requests and achieving accountability
    • Agile coach competencies framework and the coaching stance
    • Dealing with complaints
    • Working with resistance and strong emotions
    • Perspective coaching: reframing circumstances to move from being stuck into a world of useful possibilities

  • Who Should Attend


    The Coaching Stance is meant for ScrumMasters, agile coaches, project managers in transition to agile and managers of agile teams.

    This course is tailor-made for you if:

    • You sense you can have a bigger impact on the people and teams you coach but don’t know how to make it real.
    • You notice that the agile transition seems to take a step backwards as soon as your turn your back.
    • People, teams, and organizations continue to serve up challenging circumstances that your well-honed skills of mentoring, teaching and consulting don’t completely address.
    • Organizations want the great results of agile but don’t know how to change themselves to truly get them, and you wonder what skills you can bring to “help them see it” and then, help them get it.
    • You face resistance about agile from people and teams and have learned that the strategies of ignoring it, muscling through it or compelling people to “just do it” fall short.


    You must be a practicing agile coach with at least 6 months of hands-on experience.   Ideally, you will also have Certified ScrumMaster or equivalent agile training.

    This is not an introduction-level course and we will not be covering the basics of agile or Scrum.  In addition, you will be asked to use what you know about your real teams throughout the class so that you can leave with ideas for helping them as soon as you get back.

    You do not have to complete the Coaching Agile Teams course before taking this course, although it is highly recommended.


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