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Agile Coach: Crucial for Transformation
The Scrum Master is part of a specific scrum team and plays a leading role in this team. He or she is in the workplace every day, knows the team inside out and knows exactly what’s going on.
The Scrum Master’s concrete tasks:
In addition, he or she supports the team in the broadest sense of the word, for example by helping the Product Owner with the user stories or by stepping in during testing.
Unlike the Scrum Master, the Agile Coach isn’t part of a specific Scrum team. He or she has an independent role and will coach several teams and/or the management.
The grow and focus of the Agile Coach has several levels. A Team and a Program Coach are focussing on guiding the individual team members of teams. The Enterprise Coach is focussing on the implementation of the Agile way of working in the organisation as a whole. The Agile Coach Bootcamp is focussing on the team and program coaching.
So although there is a lot of overlap between the roles of Scrum Master and Agile Coach, there are also big differences. Agile Coaches don’t deal with the content, but above all with the process. Experience teaches us that this transition is a very radical and time-consuming operation that is never 100% finished. So the Agile Coach has a bright future.