For people who support Agile teams or organizations and want a forum to advance their skills, the Coaching Stage is an Agile 2009 track that provides a focus on team, organizational, and individual coaching experiences, techniques, and tools. Unlike other Agile conference stages, this stage focuses on the people who help others learn and practice Agility.
The Agile Manifesto demonstrates the necessity of coaching in its first sentence:
”We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and *helping others do it*…”
Coaches help other people implement the right change for their context through listening, feedback, facilitation, guidance, and skill transfer. Coaching requires a diverse set of skills and tools to enable teams with different organizational, cultural, and technical challenges. For a receptive organization, high-quality coaching often translates to successful Agile adoption. Unfortunately, these skills and tools, especially in the Agile context, are still not well documented and the forums for learning them are few.
The Coaching Stage presents sessions that advance and excite expert and novice Agile coaches alike. As long as your role or passion includes helping others be Agile, inspect and adapt, this stage is for you. Sessions cover coaching teams, organizations, and individuals, whether helping them introduce Agile or advance its state.