People serving in an agile coaching role are expected to act ethically, but what does that mean in practice?
Agile coaching is an evolving profession encompassing many disciplines including individual, team and systemic coaching, facilitating, teaching and mentoring, all applied with an open and deliberate bias towards using agile approaches to help address a client’s needs.
The complexity of agile coaching means that you will inevitably encounter difficult situations.
What if you had a Code you could follow that would help support you when difficult decisions need to be made?
What if that same Code helped you act courageously in every situation, even if there is a personal negative impact?
A group of volunteers has been working on crafting just that code. Specifically a Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching under an Agile Alliance initiative.
This talk will present the background to the work which has been done so far, walk you through the content of the code and explain where it can go in the future.
During the session, you’ll be introduced to a few ethics scenarios that will help you identify the types of dilemmas you may face in the field. You’ll discover some examples of appropriate and inappropriate ethical behavior in these different contexts, and how to address them.
I am both honored and humbled to announce that I have been elected by my peers on Agile Alliance’s 2022 Board of Directors as your new Board Chair! Along with myself, I’ll be serving on the Executive Committee with Brian Button (Treasurer), Craig Smith (Secretary), and Angie Doyle (Member-At-Large).
In this session we will look into the work that the community is doing as part of the Agile Alliance around Agile Coaching Ethics. We will ask why the work is needed, what has been done so far and what we can do as a community to support this work.
Many thanks to Jessica Katz for inviting me to present this session.
In the podcast this week, we discuss the Agile Coaching Code of Ethics and the process of building an ethical foundation. Shane Hastie and Craig Smith have been leading the effort to craft a useful Agile Coaching Code of Ethics for the past year. These two thought leaders have helped to pull together a diverse group of coaches, and then guide that herd of cats in order to create a new force to guide agile coaches of all stripes.
In May 2017 Shane Hastie joined ICAgile as the Director of Agile Learning Programs, tasked with ensuring the learning objectives remain valid and useful, supporting the various communities that make up the ICAgile ecosystem, and seeking ways to advance the state of agile learning.
In November 2019 he moved into the Director of Community Development role, building and supporting the global community of thought leaders, members, instructors, and certification holders.
Craig Smith has been active in the IT industry for over 15 years. He has been an Agile practitioner for over 10 years and is a Certified Scrum Master and a member of both the Scrum Alliance and Agile Alliance and as an Agile Coach, he has worked on a number of high-profile technical and business projects. He regularly conducts Agile training and has presented at a number of Australian and international conferences. He is also an Agile Editor for InfoQ and co-hosts an Agile podcast called The Agile Revolution.
The Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative has published a draft code of ethics that aims to raise the standards around agile coaching. It runs under the auspices of the Agile Alliance to independently represent the wider agile community.
Agile Alliance stands firmly and wholeheartedly in support of the Black community, and in the ongoing fight for racial justice and equity around the world. Racial injustice has no place in our organization and our community.
As we are committed to supporting people who explore and apply Agile, valuing “individuals and interactions” is at the core of what we do. This idea goes beyond our work in software — it’s the basis of human dignity itself.