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By registering for this event, you will be added to the wait list for the next Competence Cohort. You will be alerted when we schedule the next one.

This class is for Alumni of both The Agile Facilitator and Coaching Agile Teams OR The Agile Coach Bootcamp.

The registration fee for the Competence Cohort is $5,350 and includes your seat in the class as well as lodging and meals during the 3-day residential.

There is not set date for the start of the next Competence Cohort, but it will most likely be next Fall.

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Competence Cohort for Agile Coaching Mastery

A Rigorous Practice-Based Program for Building Competence and Confidence

The Agile Coaching Institute (ACI) creates transformation agile coaches who can shift individuals and whole teams to leverage agile to its best benefit. To do this, we strive to build real-world competence and confidence in those we teach and coach.

The Competence Cohort paves the way to proficiency, culminating in ACI’s first-ever certification, Certified Transformation Coach – Teams™ (CTC-T). It is the next step after taking ACI’s classroom learning for those ready to radically expand their capabilities, build solid competence and achieve industry certification recognition.

Proficiency in the skills of agile coaching requires practice. This rigorous 10-month program places an emphasis on practice and feedback opportunities through skill drills, peer coaching, ongoing group work, and one-on-one supervision of actual agile coaching, mentoring, teaching and facilitation sessions. In addition, upon successful completion of four supervision sessions in the program, you will be eligible to attain the ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching Certification (ICE-AC), an important milestone and cause for celebration during the program.

Outcomes of the Competence Cohort Program

  • Close the gap between learning and application of agile coaching competencies and skills through modeling, in-cohort practice, real-life practice and graded supervisions.

  • Integrate agile coaching skills into your everyday real-world situations, including professional coaching, facilitating, teaching, and mentoring.

  • In-depth personalized assessment and feedback about your agile coaching from ACI’s top-notch faculty.

  • Achievement of two industry certifications: Certified Transformation Coach – Teams™ (CTC-T) and ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (this certification is optional, and requires an additional, significantly discounted fee payable to ICAgile). If you opt out of the ICAgile Expert certification process, ACI will conduct a competency check to ensure your level of skill meets what’s needed to participate in the rest of the program (an additional fee of $250 applies). Our philosophy: Competence is the product; certification is the byproduct.

  • Belong to a powerful network of professional agile coach change makers who are achieving the highest standard of competence in the industry.


  • Classroom Learning. Complete The Agile Facilitator (2 day course) and Coaching Agile Teams (3 day course). Acceptance based on completing other ICAgile-accredited facilitation or agile coaching courses on a case-by-case basis.

  • Experience. 1-2 years agile coaching experience, having been the ScrumMaster or coach of 3 or more teams, at least one of which you started up.

  • Intention. A strong desire and intention to significantly expand your agile coaching competence and confidence.

  • Intrinsic Motivation. An internal motivation to attain a significant level of professionalism in agile coaching. A drive that yields the stick-to-it-ness needed to complete the program’s rigorous requirements and achieve a significant rite of passage.

Components of the Program

The Competence Cohort is divided into two phases.

Phase one is six months long and focused on practice and skill building up to (and beyond) the level of skill needed to achieve the ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching.

Phase two is four months long; including a 3-day residential that catapults the agile coach into the deeper skills and knowledge of transformational agile coaching and the chance to apply them to the difficult agile coaching situations we call Quests.

Competence Cohort Phases

Phase One: Competence up to the level of ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching

Components of Phase One the program are:

  • 12 Group Coaching Calls. The program includes twelve 90-minute group coaching sessions where we will focus on a monthly theme (see below). The group calls will be held twice a month and will vary in format to include skill drills, case studies, triad coaching, and group supervisions. Prior to each call there will be required pre-work. The pre-work will be sent out a week ahead of time and may include reading, reflection, journaling, or preparation of a case study.

  • 4 Supervisions. The program includes 4 hours of Individual (one-on-one) Supervision, where you bring a video (or audio) showing your skills in facilitating, teaching, coaching or mentoring. The Supervisor will assess your Agile coaching against a set of open, transparent competencies and provide feedback and growth opportunities.

  • 20 Hours of Peer Coaching and Mentoring. During the program, participants must complete at least 20 hours of peer coaching and mentoring. Ideally, this will come from at least 2 colleagues/peers with whom the participant establishes an explicit coaching relationship.

  • 20 Hours of Team Coaching and Mentoring. During the program, participants must complete at least 20 hours of coaching and mentoring with individuals on a team or a whole team.

  • 24 Hours of Facilitation and Training. During the program, participants must complete at least 24 hours of facilitation and training practice. Participants should identify at least one opportunity per month to either facilitate and/or teach with a team.

  • Reading and Journaling. Developing the skills of an agile coach requires attention to your own development first. Participants will complete reading and journaling assignments designed to expand knowledge and self-awareness and help prepare for the group calls and individual supervision calls.

Group Coaching Call Topics:

  • Designing the Alliance and Program Overview

  • Team Development and Your Approach

  • Facilitation: meeting design practice

  • Facilitation: supervision example using a participant’s facilitation video

  • Facilitation: quandaries and hold-backs

  • Professional Coaching: listening and powerful questions skill drill

  • Professional Coaching: quandaries and hold-backs, supervision example using a participant’s coaching video/audio

  • Professional Coaching: arc of the coaching conversation skill drill

  • Mentoring + ICAgile Gate Preparation Q&A: expert demo, information questions vs powerful questions

  • Mentoring: arc of the mentoring conversation skill drill

  • Teaching: adult human learning and teaching about (and safely altering) the agile practices

  • Articulating your Agile Coaching Stance

Phase 2: Competence up to the level of ACI Certified Transformation Coach – Teams™ (CTC-T)

Phase Two goes beyond the foundations and deepens the skill to transformational agile coaching. Phase Two is four months in duration and includes the following components:

  • 3 Day Residential. You will attend an intense, fun and transformational three-day Residential Training with your cohort colleagues. Topics include professional coaching, human systems attunement, large group facilitation and transformation mastery. (Held in the US. Travel expenses not included.)

    • Deep dive into more professional coaching skills such as Articulating What’s Going On, Curiosity, Intuition, Designing an Alliance, Acknowledgement, Clearing, Requesting, Accountability and, of course, more Self-Management.

    • Transformation mastery models and applications (ie Integral Agile, constellations)

    • Large group facilitation techniques and practice

    • Revealing the system (observation vs. evaluation)

  • 4 Agile Coaching Quests. After the residential, you will apply your new knowledge and sharpened skills to the more challenging situations. We call them Quests. You must complete four Quests of your choosing. The main criterion of a Quest is that it is a significant challenge and something you have never done before (and something you’re a little afraid to do). Sample Quests:

    • Coaching a manager with more organizational power than you on their role transition

    • Coaching someone with resistance

    • Facilitating a conflict conversation

    • Applying coaching skills at the team level (listening, PQs, self-mgmt, revealing the system to itself)

  • 8 Post-Residential Colleague Calls. You will take part in bi-monthly support and accountability calls to help you integrate what you learned at the residential. ACI will provide the structure/accountability, you will be leading the calls with your colleagues!

  • 8 Professional Case Consultation Calls. A bi-monthly case consultation call will be held, post-residential, with an ACI faculty member. These calls will continue the path towards transformation and focus on a monthly ‘quest’ case that a participant brings to the call.

  • Community Contribution. Agile coaches support and grow other agile coaches. The Community Contribution allows you to apply your agile coaching knowledge skills to benefit others’ growth. It can be a new tool, a new blog post, a user group presentation, or many other things. It just needs to be something more than you contribute today, and ideally begin charting your course as an important voice in the agile coaching world.

  • Completion Presentation. Create and deliver a Completion Presentation: of your portfolio, your unique contribution to the agile field, your “my model” for doing agile coaching work. It’s a self-evaluation. It conveys your now-evident competence and confidence in your own authentic and professional Agile Coaching Stance. Delivering this presentation results in the formal acknowledgement of your accomplishment and attainment of the CTC-T™.

To successfully complete the program

Complete all program components, including:

  • 64 hours of real-life Coaching, Facilitation, Training and Mentoring.

  • 4 Agile Coaching Quests.

  • Coaching journal entries.

  • Calls. Make the commitment to yourself and your colleagues to attend group coaching calls, colleague calls and consultation calls. If unavoidable, you may miss up to 3 of these calls during the program, but will need to make up the session by listening to the session recording and completing a make up assignment. (Note: You may only miss 1 of each type of call.)

  • 4 one-on-one supervisions. Submit at least one video each of live facilitation and teaching sessions for supervisions. Submit at least one audio or video each of coaching and mentoring sessions for supervisions. (or do a combined supervision of facilitation/teaching and then your 4th supervision is a “make up” in case you do not pass the first time).

  • Create and submit facilitation guides for facilitation and teaching sessions.

  • Be currently coaching at least one agile team. (Please note: you will need to show experience of coaching a total of 3 teams for the ICAgile gate, and coaching one team through a start-up.)


$5350 +

ICAgile Gate Fee (significantly discounted from the $1275 market price to just a few hundred dollars)


ACI Competency Check Fee (about $250)

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