Coaching, Coach & You Talk; A Shorter Version of Effective Yet Effortless Coaching

I talked on one of my favorite topics, Coaching for the Torontonians in an event organized by Envision Agile. The audience was a group of Agile enthusiasts. The organizers were present at one of my prior coaching talks, reached out and asked me to give a talk at their event, and I gladly accepted it.

This time, I changed my typical routine of coaching talk (The Effective Yet Effortless Coaching). I presented the audience with two sets of questions to go over the Simple Coaching Model. One was aimed at getting the coaches to get deeper into their coachees thoughts and lead them through their underlying layers. The second set was more about getting them focus on what's closest and had a biased to action. I also shortened the time for the activity to less than 45 minutes. 

Both sets of questions are following the Simple Coaching Model. It showed an example of how it is diverse and can be used in different circumstances, with diverse or even unpredicted outcomes and/or goals in mind. 

As it is obvious in the pictures, this time I asked people to self-arrange into groups of three instead of two. I introduced the role of an observer to be able to give the coach and coachee feedback based on the two sets of questions. Also, the session was way shorter in time and debriefing. 

I am glad that with all these changes, people found it very useful. If felt like a completely new session to me. By the end of the session, I have passed on sheets of paper to gather feedback. And I am very glad that I have received great positive feedback. I didn't ask permission to share the audience's feedback. However, Yen posted some of the picture above on the LinkedIn and stating it was a great event. It is great to see such promoters after a session, it is the best feedback for itself. 

You can find the presentation embedded below; also at

Simple Coaching Program At Points

I ran a coaching program at Points. This mini-coaching program, which I called it Simple Coaching Program was mainly designed for Scrum Masters. However, Scrum Master Managers, Development Leads, and Project Managers joined the program as well.

The Simple Coaching Program consisted of the following topics:
  • Coaching (Simple Coaching Model)
  • Conflict and how we deal with it
  • Active Listening
  • Powerful Questions  
  • Feedback
I chose above topics as I believe they are the top differentiator between a being good Scum Master and a great one. 

The Coaching Session - At Points
Would you be interested in a similar program to elevate you, your colleagues, or your employees? Do you want to learn more about it? Please let me know and I'll be happy to answer your questions or discuss details with you.

Community-Driven Approach for Lasting Change Management Article at Happy Melly

I am very HAPPY to get published at Happy Melly! The article that I wrote is TRY THE COMMUNITY-DRIVEN APPROACH FOR LASTING CHANGE MANAGEMENT. It is about community and how to rely on it to have a change that lasts! The article is based on the talk Community-Driven Change Talk at AgileDC 2017 and Want to Make Change Happen & Stick? You Have to Try a Community-Driven Approach. It's a True Challenge!


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I am very HAPPY that I wrote an article about community for a community of change people. Did you know you could join them too? Their #1 reason to join them is the community! Doesn't it show how much important and valuable worth of a good community is!

Facilitation ≅ Coaching @ Scale Talk at Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2017 (GOAT 2017)

I presented at the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2017 (GOAT2017) on November 20th, 2017. I have presented on the topic of Facilitation and Coaching, and how they can benefit from each other at scale. The title of my talk was: Facilitation ≅ Coaching @ Scale. I have shared my thoughts and experiences on using techniques and skills of coaching when facilitating. I shared, for the first time, The Core Skills. The skills needed for anyone working with people, not only coaches or facilitators. I also shared for the first time the Facilitation Manifesto with the public audience.

You can find the slides shared below (as well as shared on Slideshare and Google).

The Core Skills introduction, you can find and use the figures on CoreSkills.

This is a sample of The Core Skills Indicator.

Presenting the Facilitation Manifesto to the audience.

Community-Driven Change Talk at AgileDC 2017

Shawn & I presented at AgileDC on October 16th, 2017. We have presented on the topic of Community and Change, and how a community can be the forces behind change: "Community-Driven Change". We have shared our thoughts and experiences on building communities, supporting them, helping them evolve, letting go of them. We have looked at it from many levels of organizations, such as management, leadership and members.

I have embedded the slides from AgileDC below (Google & Slideshare).

It is important to mention the Lifecycle of a Community, presented for the first time at AgileDC 2017 below.

Professional Scrum Product Owner I - PSPO I - Learn To Maximize Value

I received my PSPO I certificate from in September 2017. I took the PSPO I exam and passed it in the first pass with more than 90% mark in total, 100% mark on Scrum Framework, and 95% on Scrum Theory & Principles.

I observed PSPO I training instructed by Dave Dame in September 2017. I took the PSPO I exam and passed. This is the second body of Scrum that I have been certified by.

Hello Design Thinking - David Kelley (IDEO)

I attended "Hello Design Thinking" course in August 2017 from IDEO and completed it. This course focuses on innovation and using design thinking process to utilize that in your daily and professional life. This was my first course from IDEO. I completed the course watching its tutorials, completing its activities both as a team and as an individual and going through the whole process of design thinking for a problem picked in the beginning. The course was instructed by David Kelley.