Agile Virtual Summit: Coaching Edition – Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching

Logo-AVS-Coaching-Edition-2022_1680x600My talk with Alex Sloley and Shane Hastie from Agile Virtual Summit: Coaching Edition called “Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching” is available on Slideshare.

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.

Craig Smith

Alex And Craig

A huge thanks to Adam Weisbart for the invitation and Lyssa Adkins for supporting this message and getting us on the program. Please review the Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching and related scenarios. You can watch the video or grab the transcript by subscribing to the All Access Pass.

Agile Coaching Exchange: MidTN – Agile Coaching Ethics: The Powerful Questions Behind What, Why & How

ACEMy talk from Agile Coaching Exchange: MidTN called “The Powerful Questions Behind What, Why & How” is available on Slideshare.

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.

SPaMCAST 641 – The Agile Coaching Code of Ethics – A Conversation With Shane Hastie and Craig Smith

It was a privilege to be invited by Tom Cagley to speak on the Software Process and Measurement Cast (SPamCAST) with Shane Hastie on the work that Tom, Shane and I along with many others have done in relation to Agile Coaching Ethics for the Agile Alliance.

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.

Shane’s Profile – linkedin.com/in/shanehastie

Email – snhastie@gmail.com

Twitter – @shanehastie

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.

Craig’s Profile – linkedin.com/in/craigsmithau

Websites

craigsmith.id.au (Blog)

theagilerevolution.com (Podcast)

unbounddna.com (Company Website)

Email – craig@craigsmith.id.au

Twitter – @smithcdau

SPaMCAST 641 – The Agile Coaching Code of Ethics, A Conversation With Shane Hastie and Craig Smith

Culture & Methods Trends Report March 2021

  • COVID-19 was the biggest driver of culture change in the last year
  • There are dramatic differences between good and bad remote work cultures
  • Management practices are evolving to adapt to the new ways of working and the expectations of the workforce
  • Creating real psychological safety and focusing on employee experience is hard, but pays off in terms of engagement, motivation and outcomes
  • Ethical issues, diversity and inclusion and tech for good make a difference and need to be addressed purposefully.

COVID-19 was the largest influence of change in the culture and methods space in 2020 and the knock on effects in 2021 are driving many of the trends we see at this time.  The previous trends report was released early in the pandemic and we now have a year’s worth of content to explore how the IT world has adapted and responded. There have been many examples of great collaboration, teamwork and adapting to new ways of working along with plenty of stories of hardship, Zoom Fatigue, mental and physical health challenges and other impacts as people have adapted to working from home, managers have changed long-held beliefs about remote work and organisations have adopted new technologies to support the shift.

Source: Culture & Methods Trends Report March 2021

Draft Published of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching

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.

The January 2021 draft of Code of Ethical Conduct consists of 18 points covering 9 subject areas:

  • Confidentiality and information security
  • Acting within your ability
  • Introspection and continuing professional development
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Social responsibility, including diversity and inclusion
  • Ensuring the relationship is valuable for both coach and the client
  • Agreeing on boundaries
  • Abuse of power
  • Responsibility to the profession

The Ethics Scenarios provide guidance on how the code relates to common challenges experienced by agile coaches, whether they are experienced or new to the role.

The expectation is that anyone taking on agile coaching at any level in an organisation will be able to use this code to help guide their behavior when faced with ethical dilemmas.

For questions and feedback on the code of ethics and the related agile scenarios, you can contact the initiative team at AgileCoachingEthics@agilealliance.org.

InfoQ interviewed Craig Smith and Shane Hastie about the code of ethical conduct.

Source: Draft Published of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching

Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative – Key Accomplishments & Highlights

The team working on the Agile Alliance Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative has been working steadily over the last six months and we have now published a draft Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching

Source: Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative – Key Accomplishments & Highlights

Identifying a Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching

Agile_Alliance_Logo_Color-pngThe Agile Alliance Agile Coaching Ethics initiative is developing a code of ethical conduct to raise coaching standards in Agile coaching and amplify the value of the profession.

Source: Identifying a Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching

Software Teams and Teamwork Trends Report Q1 2020

  • Remote work is suddenly the new normal due to the impact of COVID-19, and many teams are not fully ready for the change
  • The spread of agile ideas into other areas of organizations continues—business agility is becoming much more than just a buzzword
  • At the practices level, Wardley Mapping is one of the few truly new ideas that have come into this space recently. Invented by Simon Wardley in 2005, they are gaining traction because they are truly a powerful tool for making sense of complexity.
  • The depth of impact that computing technology has on society has heightened the focus on ethical behavior and the move towards creating an ethical framework for software development, as well as growing concern in the environmental impact the industry has.
  • Diversity and inclusion efforts are moving forward, with a long way still to go
  • Practices and approaches that result in more humanistic workplaces, where people can express their whole selves, are recognized as important for attracting and retaining the best people and result in more sustainably profitable organizations

Source: Software Teams and Teamwork Trends Report Q1 2020

Episode 151: Software Craftsmanship with “Uncle Bob” Martin

The Agile Revolution Podcast

Craig and Tony are at YOW! Conference and are honoured to sit down with Robert C. Martin (aka Uncle Bob), signatory to the Manifesto for Agile Software Development and author of numerous books including “Clean Code“, “The Clean Coder” and “Clean Architecture” and they discuss:

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