Disciplined Agile

Agile Coach: Activities

What an Agile Coach Does

The agile coach performs many activities when working with a transition. The table below lists the most common activities. Junior coaches would be responsible for a subset of these activities.


Coaching practices include…

Consulting and deliverables

Supporting the transition team with presentations to executives, management, and teams

Working with trainers to customize courses for the client’s context

Adapting the Disciplined Agile tool kit to the context

Introducing the Disciplined Agile Browser to the context

Defining / refining the agile glossary

Helping the organization learn to write definitions of value for features

Refining the coaching statement of work


Supporting the transition team to execute the agile roadmap and transition plan

Supporting the transition team through the Inception Phase

Moving the agile implementation plan forward

Adapting the transition based on agile proficiency assessments

Developing the organizational model, job descriptions for the roles, and definitions of standard work by role

Supporting tactical scaling of agility

Sponsors and leaders

Managing the actionable issues list, including:

  • CRM reports
  • Action items – assigned
  • Progress tracking
  • Impediments and improvement backlog

Organizing and facilitating working sessions

Project management

Facilitating the team to decompose requirements into capabilities, MBIs, features, stories, and tasks.

Refining templates

Creating artifacts

Visual controls

Facilitating pilot projects, attending to

  • Objectives for the pilot, including what the organization wants to learn from the pilot
  • Roles / skills
  • Deliverables / metrics
  • Implementation, ongoing coaching, and proficiency plan
  • Success criteria 


Progress reporting


Agile rollout