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The PURPOSE of team coaching is to help your teams to become an outstanding high-performance team. Teams are a key building block in an organization. No individual on their own has the capacity to drive major activities. To become effective high-performance teams they need to be coached. The coach typically works either as being a Scrum Master or coaching the existing Scrum Master so that s/he can continue to coach the team in the future.

Team coaching includes:

  • Facilitating Scrum ceremonies (Sprint Planning, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective, Daily Stand-up, and Product Backlog Refinement). Teams very often have a lot of room for improvement in how they do their meetings. Agile Minds coach might facilitate these events to show how they could be done effectively and to increase the team's efficiency during these meetings.

  • If a team does not have a good understanding of Scrum and Agile principles, a coach provides training to help the team establish a necessary base to work in Agile approach and create working agreements (including agreements on the meeting conduct).

  • Fostering self-organization (or self-management depending on the organization) and cross-functionality in the teams. 

  • Team building. The depth of mutual understanding determines the quality of the team's results. Therefore, Agile Minds coaches spend a significant amount of time helping to build trust, mature in handling conflicts, take accountability and ownership and enhance overall team dynamics. Teams that trust each other and take accountability are far more efficient than teams that don't. We help the team to cohere together. 

  • Observation. A coach will spend a considerable amount of time observing the team's behavioral patterns to look for improvement opportunities and by providing feedback frequently help the team to reflect. If necessary, doing one-on-one coaching sessions.

  • Discussions and reflection with the team about their progress and teaching appreciation on the way they work and collaborate.

  • Feedback sessions with the team (if they are mature enough as a team to have a session).

  • Coaching and mentoring Scrum Master. A team coach will spend a lot of time training and coaching the Scrum Master by shadowing him/her and providing feedback in order to achieve the full potential of this role. Often a coach is also a temporary Scrum Master.

A team coach focuses on:

  • facilitation and improving Scrum practices 

  • improving team's decision making

  • conflict resolution and ways to handle a conflict within the Team

  • accountability and self-organizing

  • transparency in the team and towards leadership and customers, especially  from the team perspective

  • making impediments visible

  • building trust among team members

  • educate and coach team's (future) Scrum Master

  • team building 

Our teams need it. Now what?

The first step is to reach out to us and let us know about yourself. Our team will set up a face-to-face meeting to learn about your organization, teams, their challenges and goals as well as explore our approach. If we both think there is an opportunity to help the following step will be to let us know when you want to get started! After, we will craft a customized coaching plan suiting your needs so that your teams and members get best out of it!

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