Agile coaches step in, Scrum Masters step up
At the core of agile is self-organization. Both at the team level as well as org-wide. This means transformations should focus on enabling the patterns needed to ‘manage for self-organization.’ During a transformation involving ~25 teams working on a combined product, Jordann and Ziryan uncovered an anti-pattern. The existence of the  agile coach role was disempowering the Scrum Master. It was limiting their responsibility regarding service to the Organization and service to the Product Owner. So Jordann  and Ziryan did the only sensible thing to do, they removed the agile coach role… Here they will be storytelling their adventures, successes and hardships in a choose-your-own-adventure style.

Take aways:

  • Reflection on when you’re guiding an org and when you’re making an org depending on you
  • Design (de)scaling organizations by having roles over functions, where your mastery and autonomy (experience) define the reach of your impact
  • Make deliberate choices in managing the system to enable the right behavior

Ziryan is an experiences Agilist with over ten years of experience in Agile organizations. He holds an Agile Coaching certificate, PSM-I, and PSM-II and is a PST candidate for Furthermore, Ziryan has a Bachelor degree in Business Information Technology, Majoring in Cross-Cultural and virtual teams. He also holds a Master degree in Business Administration on Change in Organizations. He has over 12 years of experience in IT-organizations in which he has fulfilled several roles, such as  Business Consultant, Analyst, Test specialist, Scrum Master, Product Owner en Agile Coach.

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