Agile Coaching Circle

AGILE COACHING CIRCLES

A safe place, a virtual practice space for Agile coaches, practitioners, leaders, and scrum masters to practice coaching and mentoring

1st

Thursday

Online Meetup

African Agile Coaching Circle

A monthly call where Agile coaches, Scrum masters, and Agile practitioners can practice their coaching and mentoring skills with one another. These sessions are and always will be free.

The African Agile Coaching Circle takes place every 1st Thursday of the month, 6pm Central African Time.

Sign up here.

2nd

Monday

Online Meetup

European Agile Coaching Circle

A monthly call where Agile coaches, Scrum masters, and Agile practitioners can practice their coaching and mentoring skills with one another. These sessions are and always will be free.

The European Agile Coaching Circle takes place every 2nd Monday of the month 8pm CEST.

Sign up here.

4th

Monday

Online Meetup

North American Agile Coaching Circle

 A monthly call where Agile coaches, Scrum masters, and Agile practitioners can practice their coaching and mentoring skills with one another. These sessions are and always will be free.

The North American Agile Coaching Circle takes place every 4th Monday of the month 6pm CDT.

Sign up here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do You Mean With 'Coaching'?

The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

If this sounds a bit abstract, during the virtual practice sessions, you will apply professional coaching skills in a 1-1 setting. What this means is that as a coach, your role is primarily to listen and ask powerful, transformative questions, not to give advice.

What Will We Do In the Call?

On each call, we have two areas: a main room and multiple breakout rooms. 

  • The main room is for those that are less experienced agilists, providing them a place to learn more about agile coaching and mentoring and the foundational skills that are needed in order to be a good agile coach or mentor. This room will involve teaching, demonstrations, and questions and answers about the material.
  • If you are a more experienced agilist, you have the option of going to a breakout room to practice coaching and mentoring with two other people. In those rooms, one person will coach or mentor, a second person will be coached or mentored, and the third person will observe and provide feedback. After 12 minutes of coaching and three minutes of feedback, you will rotate roles in that room, giving each person a chance in each role.
  • It is most helpful if you think about a topic you would be interested in being coached or mentored on prior to the session.

 

At the end of the session, we will all meet back in the main room to discuss what we learned, what is different, and what we’ll take forward into our coaching practices.

Why Are The Coaching Circles Free Of Charge?

As Agilists, we take servant-leadership seriously. Part of our charter is to serve our community, and we feel that the best way to do that is to help others grow a necessary, needed skill. So yes, these coaching circles are and will always be absolutely, 100% free. There is no charge for our work during these sessions. We simply want to help you to improve.

Who Should Attend These Coaching Circles?

You! You should attend these coaching circles! If you are an Agile coach, a Scrum master, an Agile practitioner, Agile curious, an Agile leader, these sessions are meant for you. This is a safe, virtual practice space for you to learn about Agile coaching and mentoring and to practice using these skills. We welcome everyone from Agile neophytes to master-level Agile coaches: we all need a safe place to practice, to get feedback, to improve, so this space is for you, for us, for everyone.

What Can I Do To Prepare?

The most important thing to do before joining a call is to identify a topic for which you would be interested in being coached or mentored.

Before attending a call:

  • Identify your topic! Yes, this was just mentioned in the sentence above, but it really helps to save time on the call itself. Know where you want some coaching or mentoring so that the call is a valuable usage of time.
  • Be on time! We timebox these sessions to an hour, so that means that you’ll need to be logged into the Zoom room, ready to go. We promise you that we will end things at the top of the hour.
  • Be 15 minutes early! We’re serious! If you’d like to build your Agile community, log in a few minutes before the official start time to meet other Agilists that have your growth mindset.
  • Be certain that you have the time blocked on your calendar for you to attend these sessions. We’ve seen remarkable response to the coaching circles, so there are waiting lists of people that would like to participate.
  • If you cannot attend the coaching circle for which you signed up, please release your spot as soon as possible so that someone from the waiting list can attend.

Consider these questions:

  • On what topic would I like to be mentored?
  • On what topics or in what areas would I feel comfortable serving as a mentor?
  • What coaching skill would I like to practice?
  • What am I hoping to learn from this session?
  • How will I share what I have learned with my community?
Which Coaching Circle Can I Join?

The quick-and-easy answer is that you can join the coaching circle that works for you. If you’re in the US and can make a European-timezone-friendly Circle, please join! If you’re a European insomniac and can make the North American-timezone-friendly circle, please join! 

We should note, however, that for the time being, coaching circles will be conducted in the English language. 

Bottom line: these Coaching Circles are a global community, not based on country or citizenship. Find the time zone that works best for you, sign up, and join in!