Agile Coach Camp
It’s been 12 Years and almost 110 viral AgileCoachCamps
since our very first coach camp
experiment. This year, Coach Camp co-creator Naresh Jain
along with Jutta Eckstein
and John Buck
will lead participants on creating probes for driving and sustaining change in this Coach Camp in Bangalore, organized as part of the Agile India 2020 Conference. We are delighted to welcome a number of other participants from the 2008 Agile Coach Camp
as well. And, of course: you!
Agile Coach Camp is about creating a network of practitioners who are striving to push the limits in guiding teams and organisation, while staying true to the values and principles at the core of the Agile movement. We’ve invited practitioners who, like you, are passionate about their work, active in the field and willing to share what they’ve learned.
Target Audience: Coaches, Change Agents, Mentors, and Leaders.
As a coach, you’re often the one who needs to drive and sustain change. Yet, how do you do this? What has helped and hindered you doing so and how can you best pass your experience on to other coaches or how can you best learn from other coaches?
This is the theme for this year’s coach camp and to tackle this challenge we want to invite you to try something new:
- Currently, we face the following situation: Constantly driving change is getting more and more important for companies to survive in this VUCA world. At the same time, it is (or should be) the core skill of every coach – no matter if you coach individuals, teams, or organizations. However, sometimes it seems every coach has to come up with her own experience on how to drive change successfully.
- Our hypothesis is that for driving change, every coach uses so-called probes, that are defined by small, safe-to-fail experiments based on hypotheses derived from reflection on the current situation as well as on theory. So, probing allows discovering (based on the hypothesis) what’s working and what is not through one or several experiments. This allows to make sense of both the current situation but even more important of the situation we are aiming for. And if we create a knowledge base of our collective wisdom on probes we used (or intend to use) we can learn from each other.
- Therefore, as an experiment we want to invite this year’s coach camp participants to jointly discover, share, create, improve, and finally publish probes that help(ed) driving and sustaining change. As in a typical coach camp, we will use the Open Space format to explore different topics for driving change and we invite you to use probes to focus the discussions on these different topics. We anticipate as a result that the discovered and created probes will provide a foundation for such a knowledge base.
Do you have a technique or practice worth sharing with your peers? Or an idea you’d like to test out with some leaders in the community? Are you facing challenges and want to get some perspective from other practitioners, or hear how they do things?
A Position Paper is your Price-of-Admission:
Keeping the spirit from the very first coach camp, Agile Coach Camp India 2020 will be free of charge to attend, however, your price of admission is a position paper.
To participate in the Coach Camp, please Submit your position paper In your position paper, you will be asked to share an idea for a probe, consisting of a background situation (context), a hypothesis, and an experiment. This can be a probe you’ve implemented before, one you’ve discovered/heard of others implementing it, or you intend to implement. The probe should focus on the coach camp’s theme: Driving Change.
The discussed probes provide a basis for a free and publicly accessible knowledge base.
Please note, we want to invite you to use probes for the discussion and recording of the Open Space sessions. This is by no means an enforcement. We are well aware that there might be situations where probes are not the right means for discussing or/and recording a particular topic – and that is of course fine. After all, using probes for this coach camp is a probe in itself (and we are open to possibly invalidate our hypothesis.)