Oath for an Agile Coach

Welcome to the Agile Coaches’ Oath.  You’ll find an oath for an Agile coach modeled after the Hippocratic Oath, as well as a place to sign and comment. Enjoy!

As your Agile coach, I pledge that

I am driven by your goals. Your success is my success.

I am your guest. I will only offer my coaching services by invitation.

I share knowledge. I will gladly share my knowledge for those who are to follow me.

I respect learnings. I will respect the prior learnings of those who came before me, as well as the learnings that will come after me.

I don’t know everything. I will not be ashamed to say “I have no idea”, and I will offer “let me find out more or find someone else to help you.”

I offer compassion. I will enter environments, vow to heal them where I may, and offer compassion where it is the most needed.

I seek a balance between hand-holding and letting go. I will apply all measures which are required to help those in need, avoiding the double traps of over-nurturing and giving up.

I value discretion. I will respect the privacy of the organizations that I help, the teams, and the individuals on the teams.

I help people. I do not help a burndown chart improve, or the team velocity spike. Instead, I help a suffering team and/or organization whose current state may affect a person’s family and economic stability.

I prevent dysfunction. I seek out root causes wherever possible.

I serve others. I am a Servant Leader. My obligations are to serve individuals, teams, organizations, and the community.

Shall I not violate this oath, may I long experience the joy of coaching those who seek my help.

Sign

Sign the Coaches' Oath

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fields marked with * are required.
Your E-mail address won't be published.
For security reasons we save the IP address 54.80.146.251.
It's possible that your entry will only be visible in the guestbook after we reviewed it.
We reserve the right to edit, delete, or not publish entries.
53 entries.
Sebastian Bauer Sebastian Bauer from Freiburg im Breisgau wrote on November 20, 2017 at 6:25 am:
Very healthy habits compass, i sign!
Popi Makris Popi Makris from Greensboro, NC wrote on November 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm:
Respect, openness, creative servant leadership
Renato Brazioli Renato Brazioli from Torino wrote on November 15, 2017 at 5:16 pm:
Challenging, inspirational. I'm in!
Scott Ambler Scott Ambler from Toronot wrote on November 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm:
I recently wrote a blog sharing my thoughts about the oath. I honestly think it's a great start but that we need to do a lot better. Here's the URL: http://www.disciplinedagiledelivery.com/agilecoachesoath/ . Happy to discuss this with you further.
Mark Moskovitz Mark Moskovitz from New York, NY wrote on November 10, 2017 at 6:40 pm:
I agree with this!
Alexandre Cuva Alexandre Cuva from Geneva wrote on November 3, 2017 at 5:41 am:
I Agree
Paul Yuhas Paul Yuhas from Lake Barrington, IL wrote on November 3, 2017 at 1:03 am:
YES!
Linda M Cook Linda M Cook from Hampstead wrote on November 2, 2017 at 10:50 am:
An idea whose time has come.
Michael Levitis Michael Levitis from New York wrote on November 2, 2017 at 10:47 am:
I couldn't agree more.
Shrikant Khanorkar Shrikant Khanorkar from HYDERABAD India wrote on November 2, 2017 at 9:38 am:
All coaches should abide by this. I support this initiative and will promote in my all sessions.
Daniel Gullo Daniel Gullo from Cochranville, PA wrote on October 24, 2017 at 7:34 pm:
This is a fantastic effort! I just discovered it. Yet, the CECs and I created a similar code back in January. I guess it was serendipitous. Great minds and all that... 🙂 Peace and blessings. -Daniel
Michael McCalla Michael McCalla from Newtown Square wrote on September 14, 2017 at 8:30 pm:
Great to be part of such a special group.
John Maher John Maher from Rockville Centre wrote on September 12, 2017 at 11:45 pm:
This is a wonderful ethical stance. It's fundamentally about "The right thing at the right time for the right reason, even if no one is watching." I am honored to sign this oath.
Adam Beck Adam Beck from Short Pump, VA wrote on September 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm:
Nice...and I will share - now how else can we make this known more broadly?
paul mahoney paul mahoney from zionville wrote on September 12, 2017 at 5:11 pm:
Wow, this is beautiful and I'm IN!
Sami Prentice Sami Prentice from Durham, NC wrote on August 24, 2017 at 8:16 pm:
First, do no harm. This is beautiful!
Bill Asch Bill Asch from Minneapolis wrote on August 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm:
Thanks very much for putting this out there. This is a wonderful Oath that we can all rally around and share with others.
Arjay Hinek Arjay Hinek from Raleigh wrote on July 28, 2017 at 7:28 pm:
I wholeheartedly support this Oath--each and every line.
John Cavalieri John Cavalieri from Mebane wrote on July 25, 2017 at 8:14 pm:
I agree with this oath. Well said.
Kim Durand Kim Durand from Apex, NC wrote on July 25, 2017 at 2:02 pm:
Yes!
Jason Schreuder Jason Schreuder from Apex wrote on July 25, 2017 at 1:59 am:
What a great oath to live by! Honored to be able to sign this.
Shaun Bradshaw Shaun Bradshaw from NC wrote on July 17, 2017 at 9:10 pm:
I fully support the ideals enumerated in this oath.
Bob Galen Bob Galen from Cary, NC wrote on July 14, 2017 at 9:47 am:
With thanks to Catherine and warm memories of Jared, I'm honored to sign this oath. I will work hard to keep the principles forefront in my coaching journey.
Chris Anderson Chris Anderson from Raleigh, NC wrote on July 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm:
+1 I especially love the "I help people" line.
Jeff Barschaw Jeff Barschaw wrote on July 12, 2017 at 10:17 pm:
Well said, simple yet elegant! I support the Agile Coaches' Oath.
Horia Slușanschi Horia Slușanschi from Paraparaumu, New Zealand wrote on July 12, 2017 at 3:22 am:
An excellent effort, and I'll be delighted to join the pledge. I suggeest it might be improved slightly by reminding ourselves "why" we coach in the first place. It's not just about the team. It's actually about the impact that the team has on its customers and their world. Put succintly, it's about delight for customers and joy in work. In keeping with the style of the Oath, perhaps something like: "I believe in starting with why: customer delight and joyful work matter most."
Magnus Hedemark Magnus Hedemark from Raleigh wrote on June 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm:
This is a wonderful reminder of why we are here, what we should be doing, and who we should be serving.
Camille Spruill Camille Spruill from Durham, NC wrote on June 20, 2017 at 11:55 pm:
Nicely done! So simple, yet so powerful! Thank you for taking the time to do this. I hereby sign the Agile Coaches' Oath. 🙂
Tony Brill Tony Brill from Raleigh NC wrote on June 16, 2017 at 1:04 pm:
Love it!
Bharti Bharti from NYC wrote on June 15, 2017 at 1:49 pm:
Beautifully written...especially love this: "I am a Servant Leader. My obligations are to serve individuals, teams, organizations, and the community."
Amber Haley Amber Haley from Berlin wrote on June 13, 2017 at 8:36 am:
Beautiful and Eloquent. An oath to aspire and inspire constant, sustainable, and ethical growth in coaching practice. Kudos!
Irwin Franco Irwin Franco from Guayaquil wrote on June 12, 2017 at 8:57 pm:
+1 Nuestra misión: Servir
Vinay Augustine Vinay Augustine from Raleigh, NC wrote on June 1, 2017 at 11:41 pm:
+1 I love how it's patterned so clearly off of the Hippocratic oath. It walks the talk of respecting prior learnings!
Kelly Curry Kelly Curry from Winston-Salem wrote on June 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm:
Very well done! What an awesome responsibility we have as coaches.
Karen Smiley Karen Smiley from NC wrote on June 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm:
Love the humility and "I help people" emphasis!
Cindy Singleton Cindy Singleton from Burlington, NC wrote on May 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm:
I support the oath.
Douglas Birk Douglas Birk from Saint Peters, Missouri wrote on May 31, 2017 at 1:33 pm:
Wonderful expression of the best an Agile Coach should be, I'll grow into this everyday!
Damián Buonamico Damián Buonamico from Buenos Aires wrote on May 30, 2017 at 8:07 pm:
We help people, not charts 🙂
Victor Bonacci Victor Bonacci from Tustin wrote on May 29, 2017 at 12:31 am:
"First, do no harm." Such a simple phrase that carries profound responsibility.
Jesus Mendez Jesus Mendez from Montreal wrote on May 27, 2017 at 11:13 pm:
This is what I'm trying to do every single day! Thanks for sharing it
Cristina Cortés Cristina Cortés from Buenos Aires wrote on May 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm:
+1 I support the Agile Coach Oath!! Apoyo y acepto el Juramento!!!
Pablo F. Sanchez Pablo F. Sanchez from Buenos Aires, Argentina wrote on May 27, 2017 at 10:37 am:
+1
Maria Teresa Codecido Maria Teresa Codecido from Caracas wrote on May 27, 2017 at 1:02 am:
Ser un Líder servicial para compartir el conocimiento. Apoyo al juramento!
Lucho Salazar Lucho Salazar from Medellín wrote on May 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm:
Loyalty, truth, deliver value! - ¡Lealtad, confianza, entregar valor!
Fred Madrigal Fred Madrigal from Costa Rica wrote on May 26, 2017 at 5:05 pm:
+1
Tomas Rodriguez Tomas Rodriguez from Heredia wrote on May 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm:
Respect the journey
Mario Mendez Mario Mendez from San José, Costa Rica wrote on May 26, 2017 at 3:10 pm:
¡Firmado y aceptado!, I support the agile coach oath
Laxmihari Nepal Laxmihari Nepal from Kathmandu, Nepal wrote on May 25, 2017 at 9:35 am:
I signed agile coach oath!
Michael Vizdos Michael Vizdos from Richmond, Virginia (USA) wrote on May 24, 2017 at 6:40 pm:
Focus. #deliver
Stacia Viscardi Stacia Viscardi from Tinton Falls wrote on May 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm:
Coach is a servant leader. Well done!
Kevin Jenkins Kevin Jenkins from Hillsborough wrote on May 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm:
I support the oath!
Catherine Louis Catherine Louis from Cary, NC wrote on May 3, 2017 at 8:22 pm:
Support the idea of a coaches oath!

About

The idea of having an “Oath for an Agile Coach” modeled after the Hippocratic oath comes from the idea that as a coach, our first mantra should be to “do no harm”. Contributors are numerous, if you’d like to contribute please share your thoughts.

 

Site design and maintenance ©2017, Catherine Louis