Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins

Coach, facilitator, teacher and inspirer

I am a coach, facilitator, teacher and inspirer. My current focus is improving the performance of top leadership teams and Boards of Directors through insightful facilitation and organization systems coaching. Making difficult decisions faster and with clear alignment, unknotting challenging, multi-department impediments, creating the conditions for organizational delivery…this is where I thrive and help thrive….

I am a coach, facilitator, teacher and inspirer.

My current focus is improving the performance of top leadership teams and Boards of Directors through insightful facilitation and organization systems coaching. Making difficult decisions faster and with clear alignment, unknotting challenging, multi-department impediments, creating the conditions for organizational delivery…this is where I thrive and help thrive.

My Agile community focus is amplifying women’s voices, which is why I am a founder of the TENWOMENSTRONG #WomeninAgile programs.

I have been pleased to serve the emergence of Agile Coaching as a profession. In 2010, I co-founded the Agile Coaching Institute and currently serve as President Emerita as well as co-leader of ACI’s competence-based coaching curriculum. Since 2011, I have been a member of the ICAgile working committee that defines the learning objectives for Agile Facilitation and Coaching and I assess candidates for the ICAgile-Expert in Agile Coaching competence-based certification. I have also served the Scrum Alliance as an application reviewer for the Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) designation.

I am the author of Coaching Agile Teams, which is still a top-10 Agile book years after publication.

I like to explore facilitating intense conflict, societal change, organizational change, the benefits and costs of being human in the workplace, agile coaching, agile transformation, adult human development, human systems dynamics, the role of nature, and books of all sorts. I tend toward a balance of the provocative and practical.

I hold an alphabet soup of certifications: Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), Project Management Professional (PMP), Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC) and Certified Integral Facilitator (IF).  I am also a trained Co-Active Coach and Leader.

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Topic: Developing Your Organization’s Agile Coaching Capability

Most companies transition to Agile because they want the speed and innovation that Agile promises. However, to realize that organizations need solid Agile Coaches to help establish the deep, institutional capability required to become a truly Agile organization. Team agility is a first step, but ultimately withers without organizational agility.

Most ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches inside organizations are assigned to the role by default, quite often without the requisite skill to foster team agility, much less organizational agility. Yet, this is precisely what organizations need of them. To answer the need, an internal Agile Coaching capability must be built. In her years developing Agile Coaches, Lyssa sees that creating internal Agile Coaching capability is not only possible, it is quite straightforward.

In this talk, Lyssa will offer insight on how to develop ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches as their scope of influence expands from one or a few teams to a program or value stream. The skills, knowledge and self-leadership needed at each step will be revealed, as well as what an organization should (and should not) expect from them at various levels of development. This talk will help managers and transformation leads put flesh on the bones of their Agile Coaching capability development strategy. It will also serve as a guide for ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches as they develop themselves. Everyone will leave with the resources they need to take their next steps toward greater Agile Coaching skill.

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