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.


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97 entries.
Roberto Muñante Roberto Muñante from Lima wrote on July 21, 2020 at 1:19 pm:
Prometo....Divulgar..... y continuar.....colaborando.......
Alberto Paniagua Castro Alberto Paniagua Castro from Ecatepec de Morelos wrote on July 16, 2020 at 12:28 am:
it is a responsibility and at the same time honor to serve and achieve goals together
Jessica Sanchez Moncivaez Jessica Sanchez Moncivaez from Ciudad de México wrote on July 11, 2020 at 5:01 pm:
Es una gran responsabilidad ayudar a los equipos a lograr los objetivos, pero sobretodo llevarlos en el camino adecuado para lograr sus objetivos que en cierto momento se convertirán en los míos
Claudio Claudio from Porto, Portugal wrote on June 26, 2020 at 1:48 pm:
Ricardo Miluzzi Ricardo Miluzzi from São Paulo wrote on June 24, 2020 at 9:47 pm:
Excelente. Divulgarei e seguirei.
Hernán Vásquez Martínez Hernán Vásquez Martínez from Santiago wrote on June 22, 2020 at 9:29 pm:
Me comprometo a seguir ayudando a personas, equipos, comunidades, organizaciones , en conseguir sus objetivos, sus metas.
Gracias por el apoyo!
Karlos Morais Karlos Morais from Fortaleza wrote on June 13, 2020 at 7:49 pm:
Perfeito. Seguirei.
Dayana Lucia Verdugo Alejo Dayana Lucia Verdugo Alejo from Bogotá wrote on June 13, 2020 at 12:08 am:
Me comprometo a ayudar a las personas con mi conocimiento, siempre buscando ser un buen líder.
Jared duggan Jared duggan from München wrote on June 8, 2020 at 8:53 pm:
something like "I will work myself out of a job" is always a good reflection. I've seen too many agile consultants work to install themselves in a company!
Juan Pablo Amón Salinas Juan Pablo Amón Salinas from Cuenca wrote on May 28, 2020 at 3:57 pm:
me comprometo completamente a seguir estas pautas; juro seguirlas y cumplirlas.
Donie Mauricio Donie Mauricio from Perú wrote on May 24, 2020 at 12:46 am:
Nancy Gómez Nancy Gómez from Bogotá wrote on May 21, 2020 at 12:27 am:
I will a service leader and help the people
Martha Barriga Martha Barriga from Bogotá wrote on May 13, 2020 at 11:51 pm:
I'm agree with the Agile Coach Oath, I firmly believe what is written in the oath. I am helpful, responsible and highly understand my clients.
Melissa Acosta Amador Melissa Acosta Amador from Bogotá, Colombia wrote on May 9, 2020 at 11:15 pm:
I completely agree with the oath, i believe that in my professional career and in my personal life, it´s too important to understand the value to stand by people no matter the circunstances.
Jesus Manuel Medina Sanchez Jesus Manuel Medina Sanchez from Leon Guanajuato wrote on May 4, 2020 at 9:14 pm:
I sign the commitment , regarding to Agile Coach and I will service leader, supporting to all people.
Liz Carolina Gomez Liz Carolina Gomez from Bogota wrote on April 24, 2020 at 6:53 pm:
Apoyo y acepto este compromiso. Servir a los demás!!
Nathali Gomez Nathali Gomez from Bogota wrote on April 24, 2020 at 4:04 am:
He firmado juramento ágil entrenador!. Comprometida a ser una LíderServicial que inspira
Rosa Angela Parra Pachón Rosa Angela Parra Pachón from Bogotá wrote on April 14, 2020 at 6:13 pm:
Firmo mi compromiso de servicio a los demás
Jose Franco Jose Franco from Buenos Aires wrote on April 7, 2020 at 7:36 pm:
I signed agile coach oath!
Aldana Aldana from Buenos Aires wrote on April 5, 2020 at 10:56 pm:
I love Agile! I agree with everything you wrote.
Mariano Gonzalez Mariano Gonzalez from Guadalajara, Mexico wrote on March 12, 2020 at 10:59 pm:
Is my pleasure to provide service.
Jorge Araujo Jorge Araujo from Monterrey wrote on February 5, 2020 at 10:56 pm:
I agree with this oath.
Marisol Ortiz Marisol Ortiz from Bogotá wrote on January 6, 2020 at 1:08 am:
I love this oath. I feel connected totally. I love my role as Agile Coach.
Carolina Amaya Carolina Amaya from San Salvador, El Salvador wrote on December 16, 2019 at 9:44 pm:
Claudio Castro Claudio Castro from Santiago de Chile wrote on December 4, 2019 at 12:54 pm:
the Agile Coach Oath!! Apoyo y acepto el Juramento!!!
Cesar Escobar Cesar Escobar from Medellin Colombia wrote on December 2, 2019 at 6:29 pm:
I agree. The time for the people arrived and for them we are the coaches.
Alexandre Alexandre from São Paulo wrote on November 20, 2019 at 11:19 pm:
Omar Velez Omar Velez from Bogota wrote on September 10, 2019 at 2:54 am:
I Agree, I'm In. I'm a servant Leader
David Rodriguez David Rodriguez from Guadalajara wrote on August 29, 2019 at 11:19 pm:
I vow to carry out, according to my ability, the agile coach oath
Alonso Cubillos Alonso Cubillos from Chile wrote on August 16, 2019 at 1:52 pm:
I agree and share the values expressed with this oath
natalia vargas serrano natalia vargas serrano from cartago wrote on August 13, 2019 at 5:58 pm:
Joe Puoci Joe Puoci from Long Beach wrote on July 19, 2019 at 5:25 pm:
Paulo Paulo from Pereira wrote on July 4, 2019 at 6:55 pm:
Estoy de acuerdo.
Yvonne Kish Delaney Yvonne Kish Delaney from Raleigh wrote on February 24, 2019 at 10:24 pm:
I love the Coaches' Oath, and particularly like the emphasis on helping people. I am in!
Carol Kollm Carol Kollm from Boston wrote on June 28, 2018 at 2:27 am:
Ahh, yes! Compassion, helping, balance, respect!! Thank you.
Christian Hagmann Christian Hagmann from Nuremberg wrote on March 13, 2018 at 10:44 am:
Thank you for your commitment. I happily sign this oath. I´m in.
John Leonard John Leonard from Cary NC wrote on January 19, 2018 at 5:07 pm:
Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty, Servant Leadership- Semper Paratus! In Memory of Jared Richardson, I take the Agile Coaches' Oath!
Addisu Mengesha Addisu Mengesha from Silver Spring wrote on January 19, 2018 at 4:23 pm:
I agree and sign
Fernando M. Barrancos Fernando M. Barrancos from Whitehouse Station wrote on January 19, 2018 at 2:50 pm:
I agree and share the values expressed with this oath. I'm in!
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:
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:
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:
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:
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!


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.


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