Contribution from an Agile coach for the Organizational Transformation Journey


By Chandan Lal Patary

Bangalore, India

I have been working as an agile coach for the last couple of years where we are working as a distributed agile team. Members are participating from Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and India to develop product. I have captured my observations as an agile coach while doing organization transformation process. To start with we have attended agile trainings which were 1-5 days of activities where team members get exposure on various insights about the agile practices, which most of the team members forget 90% of the contents once they started working with the real assignment. To be effectively spread into the product development environment organizations, the agile practices need an agile coach who is constantly mentoring, coaching, helping and facilitating teams to get the agility and bring about the organizational transformation. Agile coach role will be a temporary assignment where he/ she will ensure achieve team agility in minimal time line but very vital to achieve agility. It will be more leadership role than management.

This paper will answer below questions by addressing certain practices:

  • How organization achieve agility with agile practices?
  • How to increase employee engagement?
  • How agile coach spread agility and agile best practices into the organization?
  • In the overall transformation process how agile coach contributes?
  1. Introduction:

To be a successful farmer, one must first know the nature of the soil.

—Xenophon, Oeconomicus

The starting point for any agile coach is to find the context under which team is operating. Organizational readiness to move into Agile. Next step could be to figure out how best this transformation process can begin. It is very important to remind all the below agile principles.

As we know Agile Manifesto is backed up by twelve Agile Principles which an agile coach needs to emphasis again and again, to play the role efficiently and effectively.

Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. ( Question to be asked like we did , who are our customers? in my case I work for Industrial automation domain where Oil and gas companies, Paper mills, Power plants etc. are my main end users, how they value? need to understand by constant interacting with them)

Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. ( Adaptability and flexibility, how many release cycle we can afford to satisfy our end customers, and what they want to be released look like to integrate the solution into the target environment)

Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference for the shorter timescale.


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About the Author

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Bangalore, India

Mr. Chandan Lal Patary currently works as an agile coach and Global Program manager at ABB. He has deep experience in developing Software products across various domains and has successfully executed many Projects. Chandan has worked on domain like Healthcare, Aerospace, Building automation, Power automation, Industrial Automaton under real time mission critical product development to large scale application development. Chandan has 16+ years of industry experience. He is certified PMP from 2008, Green Belt certified holder from 2005. Chandan is an agile practitioner and Certified Scrum Master from 2011. Chandan holds a Bachelor’s degree from the National Institute of Technology (National Institute of Technology – Agartala, Tripura) in Electrical Engineering -1998. He has completed one year of a Executive General Management program from Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore, Karnataka in 2007. He has published several management papers. He can be reachable through email/LinkedIn: [email protected]