Agile Project Coaching Certification
"Shifting beliefs and enhancing team behaviour for a positive impact on results."
Our Agile Project Coaching Certificate combines cutting edge systems thinking from scrum, lean, agile methods, agile project management and executive and team coaching. It is aimed at project managers, scrum masters, agile coaches, PMO staff, programme managers, portfolio managers and transformation leaders that are passionate about developing high-performing individuals, teams and team leaders, so that projects and teams have the resilience, commitment, trust to get the job done.
This is not just another ‘turn-up certification route’ that focuses on the process; this is about ‘being’ an agile coach and not just the ‘doing’. This is about engaging, inspiring and building leaders and teams to have the autonomy, mastery and purpose to really hold agile values - not just within a software development environment, but to have the resilience, confidence and authority to drive organizational agility across the whole of the ‘system’. For those that successfully complete the training, it will enable the shift in them, so that senior level executives will recognize they have the authority, presence and impact to make it happen.
Participants successfully completing the course may gain accreditation with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) at either Level 5 Certificate or Level 7 Certificate in Coaching, dependent on the organisational level of the people they are supporting.
The ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching aims to develop agile coaches working at the most senior levels within organisations, coaching leaders and teams within Executive and Director positions or with strategic responsibility; the ILM Level 5 Certificate aims to develop agile coaches coaching on a 1-2-1 or team basis with managers and leaders.
The central principles that underpin our programme are that the advanced skills and behaviours implicit in being an effective agile coach cannot be developed at a single event. We believe that the opportunity to apply the skills in the real world - to review, learn and adapt - are essential to successful implementation of skills-building programmes if they are to be sustained and fully embedded within the working patterns of our participants and their organisation. It is for this reason that our programmes emphasize the need for coaching practice and include a heavy focus on experiential learning and feedback; they are composed of a number of separate but related events.
Our programme will examine a wide range of skills and abilities in preparing participants to take on the role of an effective agile coach.
- In order to prepare participants for their programme, clarify individual concerns and enable personal objectives to be set, each participant is briefed by one of the programme leaders in a virtual group session.
- Each participant will be personally tutored throughout the programme.
- The ‘Leadership Coaching Skills’ workshop covers the core coaching topics in a variety of learning styles, introduces key concepts and provides a forum for discussing best practice and the critical conversations that need to take place between the participants and those they are likely to coach in enabling them to learn, perform and enjoy their work. It also develops understanding of the application of key principles, practices from Lean, Agile and Waterfall and working with the mix of methodologies.
- The ‘Coaching Leadership Teams and Groups’ and ‘Advanced Leadership and Team Coaching’ workshops build on the ‘Leadership Coaching Skills’ event to teach skills, techniques, and models that develop the agile coach's ability to work in increasingly challenging situations within leadership, group and team and organisational situations. The workshop combines elements of theory, practice and discussion about the practical implications of using the new agile coaching skills and their application in an organisational context.
- Coaching Practice. Throughout the programme, participants are expected to identify and formally coach a set number of coachees away from the workshops (on a 1-2-1 and team basis). Level 7 requires evidence of 20 hours of coaching practice and Level 5 requires evidence of 12 hours of coaching practice.
- Co-Supervision / Buddies: after the first workshop we ask participants to form buddy relationships. This has two key purposes. Firstly, it creates a working relationship where a colleague can share their coaching experiences, develop and play with ideas and concepts, practice using key coaching tools and problem solve. Secondly, as part of the course, participants are introduced to a simple supervision model where the buddy pairings then formally review their agile coaching practice with their practice clients. It is our experience that this enables participants to deepen their knowledge of applied learning and helps to introduce the value of supervision.
- Virtual group supervision: during the course of the programme participants will complete 4 x 1.5 hour group supervision sessions. These are delivered via our virtual meeting software and provide a professional space for participants to share and reflect upon application and learning whilst undertaking their agile coaching practice.
- Participants are required to use a “reflective learning log” throughout the duration of the programme, which includes a variety of forms used to aid their learning, including self evaluation and feedback forms and coaching session reports, together with details of additional learning requirements. For ILM certification participants are required to produce three written assignments.
- All participants must pass a practical assessment of their 1-2-1 coaching skill and ability at the end of the programme (day 6).
- Following the completion of the workshop element of the programme, each participant receives a further group session designed to help them embed their learning from the programme and their coaching experience, provide support in terms of their portfolio submission and to challenge and focus their ongoing development.
- Participants will also have access to our Learning Management System (LMS), which provides learners with access to our coach demonstration films, webinars, on-line discussion forums, resources, forms and information concerning the programme, e.g. joining instructions.
Optional: 0.5 day: Agile / Lean / Kanban Models
- An introduction to Agile, Lean, Pull systems and Kanban
- Practical application
- Overview of metrics; advantages and disadvantages
Module 1: Leadership Coaching Skills (2 days)
Our 2-day module will initially introduce you to the background and the key fields which have influenced the growth and practice of leadership coaching today. You will then learn the fundamental pillars of great coaching conversations and how to effectively structure and facilitate a conversation with a coachee. Critical coaching skills such as generative listening and insightful questioning will be developed too.
Building on the foundational elements of day one, we will then cover key areas such as coaching styles, boundaries and critically developing an effective coaching relationship with your clients. We will also look at how we use challenge to create a shift in our coachee’s thinking whilst maintaining the relationship and learn specific techniques to do this. We will also explore the importance of contracting during the coaching relationship. Finally, you will discuss the reflective practice and accreditation requirements for your programme.
By completing this module you will:
- develop core agile coach competencies
- understand the key skills and models for coaching and be able to apply these in a coaching relationship
- define coaching and understand the range of coaching styles
- understand the boundaries for a coaching relationship and how to contract effectively
- work with personal and organisational change
- understand how to formally contract for coaching with the client and their organisation
Value to you and your organisation of completing module 1
You will gain a better understanding of:
- agile and lean principles
- self-awareness and self-management
- collaboration and co-operation
- accountability, ownership and responsibility
- working with trust and empathy.
Module 2: Coaching Leadership Teams and Groups (2 days)
This unit will widen your capacity and capability to effectively work with and coach teams and groups including the application of 1-2-1 coaching skills developed so far on the programme. You will explore the latest thinking in terms of developing effective and high performing teams and groups. You will learn TPC’s approaches, frameworks and models to execute an effective team coaching intervention and will also develop critical skills.
The final focus of this module will introduce you to managing group dynamics.
By completing this module you will:
- Learn how to enhance the performance of teams and groups through coaching
- Appreciate the complexities in coaching teams and groups – and a framework that enables you to manage this complexity
- Explore approaches in team development and team performance and the relationship between them
- Develop core team coaching skills and approaches
- Build confidence and capacity to work as a team coach
- Clarify distinctions between team coaching and other team interventions
- Explore what stakeholders need from teams, what members need from teams, what organisations need from teams
- Learn models for team function, change and improvement
- Appreciatethe value and benefits of team coaching
Value to you and organization of completing module 2
You will learn how to:
- create a healthy, sustainable agile ecosystem
- work with group dynamics of client teams
- understand how to enhance collaboration and performance of client teams
- work with elements and individuals within team (flexibility)
- facilitate self-managing, self-monitoring and self-sustaining teams.
Module 3: Advanced Leadership and Team Coaching Skills (2 days)
The final module will synthesise your learning and development as a leadership and team coach whilst undertaking this programme. We will deepen your repertoire of coaching skills and interventions, introducing the value of bringing more of a systemic approach to your coaching conversations and exploring the creative use of conflict and challenge within teams.
As this is the final unit of this programme, you will also look at how to effectively manage the ending of coaching relationships and you will undertake a practical coaching assessment to evaluate your capability and help plan for future development. Finally, you will review accreditation requirements for the submission of your learning portfolio.
By completing this module you will:
- reconsider the foundations and basics of effective agile coaching practice
- develop an understanding of models of leadership
- understand the impact the organisation has on the agile coach, the coachee and the context
- learn how an agile coach can create the most effective way to partner an organisation to create a way of working that delivers outstanding results
- understand the functions / dysfunctions of teams
- understand level of team function/dysfunction and how to build it
- understand the psychology of conflict
- understand how to work with conflict constructively in agile team coaching
- gain an overview of a variety of models of team development that can be used to understand different stages of team growth
- learn how to work 'virtually' as an agile coach
- learn how to effectively end a coaching programme and scale agile practices across the enterprise
- reflect on your learning from the course and consider how you will apply it going forward.
Value to you and organization of completing module 3
- learn how to agile coaching as a strategic asset for business value generation
- understand transformation and organizational development
- gain culture, change management and leadership skills.
Our Agile Project Coaching Certification programme is delivered in central London.
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