Zuzana Šochová, the new generation of female IT representative, was elected to the Board of Directors of Scrum Alliance

Signaling a shift in the world's perception of central European IT talent, the global Scrum Alliance has elected Zuzana Šochová as its newest member of the Board of Directors. Scrum Alliance is a nonprofit association with more than 500,000 certified practitioners worldwide. The Board of Directors sets governance and policy for the organization.

The first run of Certified Agile Leadership – CAL class in Prague is planned on September 14-15, 2017 in English

As I wrote a few days ago I got a license to deliver new CAL – Certified Agile Leadership class certified by Scrum Alliance. The training is focused on building a modern Agile Organization and to support personal growth of Agile leaders, emphasizes the right culture of the self-organization, ownership, and responsibility while keeping safety and trust as a prerequisite. Agile leadership is one of the critical aspects of every successful Agile transformation in any organization.

Zuzi Sochova will facilitate workshop "Agile Leadership to Build Great Teams and Organizations" at Agile Austria Conference 2017

I’m really excited to facilitate my new 1-day Agile Leadership workshop called 'Agile Leadership to Build Great Teams and Organizations' at Agile Austria Conference 2017. Come and join me on 27th June 2017! It’ll be a great day full of fun and concepts how to build modern Agile Organization and grow Agile leaders. The workshop will be in English and is part of the at Agile Austria Conference 2017 in Gratz, Austria. Register here.

Agile-Transformation and Enterprise Coaching

Agile transformation is not easy process. Especially if the company is bigger organization or large corporation, change is slow and often very painful. Any change requires a lot of effort and its success needs support from management / directors / owners.

How such transformation looks like? First of all you have to have a very good reason for such change. Agile is changing a culture, mindset and behavior and any culture change is always very difficult. However once you make it, it sticks. If you don’t have any experience with Agile, you might want to start slow - select just one small part of the organization – i.e. one team, one product, one project and try there Agile, Scrum, Kanban while the rest of the organization will not change yet. It gives you the opportunity to understand what Agile in your company is really about and gain understanding. After such experience you may continue with bigger organization change, focusing to the company culture, synchronization across departments, building cross-functional teams, implementing Agile product management - simply creating an Agile organization. 

My Role of Agile and Enterprise Coach

If you still don’t know where to start, you can follow my three levels of successful Agile transformation. You don’t have to start with the first level, there are organizations who already started and need only help with moving to the next stage or just need different opinion on their current stage. 

Agile coaching a enterprise coaching model

LEVEL1: Training and Workshops

Usually I recommend to start with Agile and Scrum workshop. It’s interactive class where participants experience Agile and Scrum mindset and gain core knowledge about the implementation. I always prefer two days class as the mindset is hard to get in one day. The class is always adjusted according to the company environment and situation.  

LEVEL2: Transformation / Agile Coaching

Right after the training we usually continue with Agile coaching. This level is focused on practical implementation either on the first pilot or Large Scaling Scrum (i.e. LeSS). I work with ScrumMasters, development team and Product Owners on regular basis and help them to embrace Agile and Scrum mindset and implement the right mix of Agile practices. The Agile Coaching is not only limited to Scrum Teams but focus on the management as well. 

Recharge

Sometime after that, the Scrum teams are confident enough so they are ready to continue with Agile transformation by themselves. They are not done, but they have enough ideas how to improve and where shall they move on.

LEVEL3: Next Level / Enterprise Coaching

Finally the last stage is enterprise coaching. You can start with it at any stage. You don’t even have to be Agile or have implemented Scrum. It’s looking at the organization from the system point of view and leading the company or its part to the next level. In reality the need can be anything starting from help us create innovative and creative culture, make teams more self-confident, create real teams from group of individuals or improve our communication and relationships in the department. I mostly use Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) framework to help organizations to the next level and I don’t only work for teams and departments but often focus on executive teams.

Agile is not end state. It’s a longer journey - the different mindset and philosophy. Enterprise coaching helps you to be better and embrace it.