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.
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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