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Submitted Conference Content

Full name

Patrick Steyaert

Job lean agile trainer and coach
email patrick [dot] steyaert [at] okaloa [dot] com
Phone number 0477 79 12 98
Company Okaloa
City (Country) Brussels, Belgiun
Time 1h30
Type of Conference Workshop / 40 attendees
Level Everybody

Intrinsic agile coaching - Agile coaching without coaches


Patrick is currently working with a global Japanese Manufacturer, on a Pan-European business change project using Lean Visual Management methods. Patrick is a hands-on Lean and Agile Coach with an outstanding track record in delivering successful change in large and small ICT and technology organizations. He is an accredited Lean Kanban University Trainer and has a PhD in Computer Science.


Imagine you are an agile coach in a large organization and one of the teams you are working with has just pulled off a big delivery and you decide to celebrate the win. You invite coaches and members from other teams. While in the pub - after a couple of beers -, the team members spontaneously start to share experiences about their agile journey. You reflect upon this with the other coaches that are present. It is amazing how much the teams can learn from each other. Upon further reflection you notice how the stories you just heard also give you a lot of insight in how the teams actually work. More insight than the darn agile assessment tool that the external coach (or should I say consultant?) has been using to "assess" teams. The thought alone of an agile assessment tool gives you the shivers. Sure enough, quickly, all teams have started to score high on the assessment; they comply, but are they truly becoming more agile because of it? You have a dark feeling that it is quite the opposite. What if the role of the coach were to be redefined as a facilitator to the process of sharing experiences between teams, rather than the coach being the accumulator of all experience. What if you could gain insight in how teams work without the co-notation of "assessment" and "compliance". Wouldn't this be more empowering for the teams and more self-organizing? In this session, participants will explore a format to facilitate experience sharing between agile teams through story telling and narratives. By doing so • you will get an insight in the experiences of other participants, • create a context for your own experience and • learn how to structure the process of experience sharing. The way we will do this is by archetype construction. On the basis of stories of the participants about their agile team, we will look for archetypical agile teams. These archetypes are not persons but archetype teams with an archetypical agile implementation. This workshop is co-organized with Arno Korpershoek (arno@listen2change.eu).

Benefits for the attendees

Get an insight in the agile experiences of other participants; create a context for your own experience and learn how to structure the process of experience sharing. Learn how you can gain insight in the agility of teams without the use of "assessments" that only lead to conformance.

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