What are the Top 10 Traits of An Agile Coach?

Anthony Mersino
March 2, 2015

What do you think are the top traits that an Agile Coach should have?

I don't think that every coaching situation is the same so there isn't one set of "best" or ideal traits.  However, what would you say are the most important traits for most Agile Transformations or even an Agile pilot?  This is my list of 10, in no particular order - what did I miss?  What would be on YOUR list of top characteristics?

  • Hands On Scrum and Agile Experience
  • Experience as a Developer
  • Application of XP & Technical Practices
  • Lean Thinker
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Change Agent / OCM Expert
  • Excellent Listening Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Unconditional Positive Regard for Others
  • Uses Agile Mindset - Values and Principles

What do you think? Did I miss, or misstate anything?

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About Anthony Mersino

Anthony is passionate about helping technology teams THRIVE and organizations TRANSFORM.  He loves partnering with organizations to help teams with Agile thinking and the Scrum Framework.  He teaches Agile and Scrum as well as the cultural elements that are necessary for an organization to gain true business agility. Anthony has  authored numerous articles and two books: Agile Project Management, and Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers.


it would be interesting to mash this up with the ACI coaching model, especially with its integral slant.

Anthony, I agree with your 10 top traits of an Agile coach. Thanks for sharing. I would add one more and that would be "Effective Facilitator". With Agile, we include lots of folks in our meetings and we want to get value from those meetings. By knowing how to effectively facilitate Release planning/train meetings and iteration planning meetings; not to mention dysfunctional behavior; we will get more value out of Agile meetings.