What is Agile Coaching?

I recently came across an article on Agile Coaching written by Jonathan Kessel-Fell which was well-written. The article highlighted the changes Jonathan made to the Agile Coaching Institute’s Agile Coaching Competency Framework, based on years of empirical evidence while doing Agile coaching.


Initially, I read it as Agile Coaching, as in Coaching with Agility as it did not occur to me that it was about Coaching the Agile Methodology. Of course, I know that Agile Methodology is a type of project management process, mainly used for software development, where demands and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self-organizing and cross-functional teams and their customers.

Anyway, I tweaked my thinking a little and re-read the article with a different personal perspective. I felt that having a good knowledge of the Agile methodology will be useful for coaching. Whether it is executive coaching, leadership coaching, life coaching or health coaching, the simple yet effective principles of Agile can be applied.

Agile software development refers to software development methodologies centered round the idea of iterative development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams. 


Coaching is an iterative process that moves the coachee towards achieving his or her goals and trusting that the coachee has the resources and makes the best choices, not unlike the Agile methodologies. Solutions-Focused Coaching also generates actions and solutions that evolve through close collaboration between the Coach and Coachee.

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