Since 2004, Lyssa Adkins has taught Scrum and Agile Coaching to well over a thousand students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to scores of apprentice coaches. In both one-on-one settings and small groups, she enjoys a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams and organizations they coach. With the Agile Coaching Institute, Lyssa has had the pleasure of training over 2,000 people in the skills and mindsets of great agile coaching. Prior to agile, Lyssa had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers (She was even a PMO Director — twice!), yet nothing prepared her for the power of agile done simply and well. Lyssa believes that agile is more than an alternate project management methodology and she is passionate about deepening the roles in agile – specifically agile coach and agile manager – to help agile move into its fullest expression.
As co-founder and President of the Agile Coaching Institute (ACI), Lyssa’s quest to improve the skills and abilities of agile coaches takes center stage. At ACI, we believe that agile coaches are powerful transformation agents…when they are well equipped. We are equipping them. Why? Few companies are enjoying the full promise of agile done well because agile is not just a “process.” It is a means of improving everything, which is exciting and can be quite difficult. Agile coaches are in the perfect position to help their companies with this difficulty and to use agile well and fully. To do so, those coaches need the complete set of skills and mindsets — that’s what the Agile Coaching Institute brings.