Professional Coach Training for Agilists

Forward Focused Conversations for Agile Coaches
Become a Certified Professional Agile Coach
July 2024
September 2024
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Your Instructor and Coach

Natascha Speets

The Forward Focused Conversations Arc was designed by Natascha Speets, PCC Certified, who came to the realization that most modern coaching styles and frameworks promote the same wish for their clients: Positive change, sustained learning, and deep awareness of self.

Natascha is a certified Solutions Focused practitioner, but also uses her knowledge of systemic coaching, the GROW model, non-violent communication, and appreciative inquiry when engaging with her clients in coaching conversations.

ICF Level 1

Professional Coach Training for Agilists
  • 77 hours coach training
  • Duration : 4 months
  • Interactive environment
  • Innovative learning methods
  • Notebook and training material
  • Module 1 - Coaching Agile Teams
  • Module 2 - Facilitate growth in Agile Teams
  • Module 3 - Core Competencies For Agilists
  • ICF Level 1 Evaluation
  • Language : English

Course Objectives

  • How to integrate the Core Competencies in every different role we carry as Coach for Agile Teams
  • Understanding and applying the principles and tools of a Professional Coach working with Agile Teams
  • Understand and live the core competencies of a professional coach
  • Using Coaching skills to enhance your own leadership and that of others
  • Understanding how to be present as coach
  • Bring coaching competencies to the workplace
International Coaching Federation

Course Program ICF Level 1 Coach Training for Agilists

This course is divided in 3 modules: We start by exploring Coaching Agile Teams towards self-organized teams, the roles you play as their coach, then we discover the active roles you play when facilitating growth in a team and how the different facilitation stances can help a team develop its growth and then we deepen the Coach Competencies by ICF professional Coaches and how they apply in your daily reality as Agile Coach 

Module 1 - Coaching Agile Teams - 25 hours

A module designed to focus on the skills any Agile Coach must develop in order to be able to call themselves professional coach for Agile. All the Course competencies for ICF will be covered, from ethics to facilitating growth. We also look at the different stances of the Agile Team Coach and how they differ from coaching. There is a large space for these stances to be infused with  Professional coaching skills such as Active Listening, presence, evoking awareness and coach mindset. We discuss Contracts and maintaining the agreements across the stakeholders, we even work towards using coaching skills when relaying new concepts to teams and individuals. This first module lays the foundation of what you need to develop to become an effective and professional Coach for Agile Teams

Development in the discipline of coaching for Agilists
Definition of the role of a coach for Agile Teams
Achieving essential changes in Mindset, self-awareness and self-management

Professional Coaching Skills Fundamentals
Active Listening and Powerful Questions
Determining the Coaching Question
Exploration of the subject and its solutions
Commitment & action plan (Forwarding the learning)
Conducting the coaching conversation

Team Coaching Fundamentals
Contrast between mentoring and coaching
The Team as a complex system
Understanding Team maturity and development
Helping the team develop its path towards high performance.


Coaching a Team and its members through Change
Understanding the impact of change for the team and individuals
Identify and address resistance to change
Conducting a conversation about motivation in change

Coaching a Team and its members through Conflict
Identifying and helping teams overcome conflict
Coaching teams through challenges, impediments and building self awarenessss
Solution Focused Team Coaching – introduction

Building Capacity in Teams
Being an Agile role model when teaching values
Creating a safe space for mutual learning
Designing sessions that favour self-learning and discovery.


Module 2 - Facilitating Growth in Agile Teams - 16 hours

What would it take for a Coach in Agile Organizations to use their coaching skills, even when the group dynamics are challenging? What about facilitating Growth in a team needs our attention, our presence as coach? IN this module, we dive into how to prepare, design and facilitate team coaching sessions with Agile teams, Leadership teams and stakeholder meetings alike.

A team is a team. It is a system of people, moving in a work environment system, and bringing their own personal systems. This creates the ground for challenges, culture, growing team maturity and at times “stormy” team behavior! Can you hold on to your coaching hat in these situations?

The Forward Focused Conversation
Professional Coaching Competency Framework (ICF)

The difference between simple facilitation, Team Facilitation and Team Coaching
Decisions and difficult sessions
Helping teams and coaches stand tall in the storm
Working with dysfunctional behaviour in a team

Team Dynamics and growth

ICF Core Competencies Practiced
Demonstrates Ethical Practice
Embodies a Coaching Mindset
Establishes and Maintains Agreements
Cultivates Trust and Safety
Maintains Presence
Listens Actively
Evokes Awareness
Facilitates Learning and Growth

Facilitating Growth in Teams
Asking the right questions
Helping teams to make their own decisions
Coaching the team to develop awareness of growth and learning
Aligning with team members and stakeholders
What does Neutrality mean?
Preparing and designing collaborative discussions
Facilitating meaningful discussions
Practice Team coaching and facilitation techniques in Agile meeting

Module 3 - Coach Competencies For Agilists With Forward Focused Conversations - 36 hours

A 10-week module that focuses purely on the core competencies for Coaching as set by the ICF through the eyes f our work as Agile Coaches. What does it really mean to demonstrate the PCC markers in all 8 competencies?

How can we be guided by the Team Coaching markers, how can we live up to the foundational work competencies for a Coach working in an Agile setting? You will be able to take the CKA exam, but most importantly, you’ll have sharpened your coaching skills, practices the different modalities and deepened your confidence as professional coach for agile!

The Coaching Conversation
Definition of coaching
The Arc of the coaching conversation
Understanding the need behind the want
Identifying the gap
Coaching questions and what they do
Solutions Focused Coaching for Agile and Forward Focused Conversations
Systems coaching
Professional Coaching Competency Framework (ICF)
Decisions and difficult sessions

ICF Core Competencies
Demonstrates Ethical Practice
Embodies a Coaching Mindset
Establishes and Maintains Agreements
Cultivates Trust and Safety
Maintains Presence
Listens Actively
Evokes Awareness
Facilitates Learning and Growth

Practical Coaching Considerations
The Mindset and posture of a coach
Contracting with single and multiple stakeholders
Supervision and dealing with Agile Leadership
The Agile Organization as a System
Ethical considerations when coaching Agile Teams
Self awareness and development

Group Mentor coaching sessions
You can join these session at any time during your training, and even after you have finished! You need to participate in at least 10 practice sessions in which you will be coached, are coaching (at least 5 observed sessions) or you can observe and give feedback. We will note your attendance internally.

Individual Mentor coaching sessions
Thougout the program you can book 3 sessions with your mentor in which you will be working on a recorded coaching session and identify core coaching competencies you have or will need to develop to reach your desired Credential by the ICF

  • The Forward Focused Conversations Arc Practitioner Certificate
  • 77- hour coach specific training course
    • 63 live session hours
    • 7 hours of group mentoring sessions
    • 3 individual mentor coaching sessions
    • 12 hours of Self study components to deepen your learning including peer practice and journaling.
  • Lecture, exercises and live discussions in an interactive environment
  • Innovative and active learning methods
  • The Professional Coach’s tool box to get you started

This class is taught online using Zoom as our online meeting place where we will discuss, present and practice coaching competencies.

We meet weekly online in a live conference call we work towards our goal which is accompanying you to becoming a professional coach and receiving the ICF ACC credential.

To ensure high quality training for our students, we decided to limit our online Coaching Fundamentals classes to only 15 participants per cohort.

This course is perfect for

Agile Coaches, of course, but this class is open to anyone who wishes to become a professional coach; Consultants, leaders, HR-professionals, Scrum masters, managers and people looking for a career change.

The Coaching Fundamentals with Forward Focus  Conversations module will focus mostly on the Coaching stance. We are Agile Coaches, but most of all, we are professional coaches, and this class focuses on that aspect.

This course is open to anyone who wishes to become an ICF certified Professional Coach 

Attendance in the Coaching Fundamentals course sessions
Active participation in 7 Group Mentoring sessions
6 hours of self-study reading articles, watching coaching videos etc. on our online learning platform
A minimum of 100 hours (70 paid) of coaching experience with at least eight clients following the start of your coach-specific training. At least 25 of these hours must occur within the 24 months prior to submitting the application for the credential.
Performance evaluation (audio recording and written transcript of a coach session to be uploaded with your application).
Completion of the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) (Not included in the course fee)
The instructors of The Agile Company will help you in reaching your 100 hours and are always available for mentoring when needed. We also host regular mentoring sessions in which you can practice recording Coaching sessions for your evaluation.

This course includes everything you need to reach your ICF Credential!
If you'd like to start sooner, feel free to reach out so we can create a personal learning plan with you!


Language : English
Duration : 3 to 6 months
Times: Find your timezone in the events
Certification : ICF ACC, with conditions
Level : Professional
Path: LEVEL 1

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About The Online Professional Coach Training for Agilists Course

What makes this Coach Course different

Forward Focused Conversations help the client move from the “issue” they want to work with to “awareness and learning” on how they can move forward from their learning in the entireness of their (professional) life.

The Arc of the Forward Focused Conversation is designed to give coaches a structure they can use during the conversation with their clients, leaving enough room for flexibility and experimentation, but also providing focus to the movement of forwarding the client in their own learning.

Fully accredited for certification by...

The International Coaching Federation: Quality training guaranteed

An extensive program...

which you can easily integrate into your work life, only two hours per week training Engaging, interactive and online: comfortable, virtual participation from anywhere in the world Designed for a diverse global audience (work with coaches and trainees from all over the globe)

Created by The Agile Company...

based on the principles of Solutions Focused Brief coaching, non-violent communication, appreciative inquiry, the GROW model and Systemic coaching techniques, this program concentrates on a highly transferable, easy to learn and respectful coaching approach: Forward Focused Conversations.

Meet our Trainers

Passionate about Agile, we work together as a team to deliver meaningful change for our clients. We make it our mission to inspire change with our enthusiasm and knowledge of Coaching, Agile Teams and Organizational Agility.

Online Professional Coaching Program

What to expect

ICF Credential

This ICF accredited professional coach training course covers the fundamentals of Solution Focused Coaching and teaches you the ICF core competencies needed to apply for the ACC or PCC ICF credential. Combined with 7 group mentoring hours, 3 private mentoring hours and the 6 hours home study, this class will allow you to apply for the ICF ACC credential


This class is a highly practical, interactive and live online course in which you will interact with people from all over the world. With this class you will also work with your peers in a group mentoring cohort in which you will dive deeper into the different subjects you have learned throughout the week!

Practical Knowledge

With the Agile Company’s Professional Coaching classes, you will start coaching immediately! Right from day one we will give you the tools to move towards having coaching conversations with the people you have available to you. Also, as we are The Agile Company, you get the benefit of joining a large community of Agile Coaches you can coach, co train or just take advise from. Your learning never stops!

Forward Focused Conversations help the client move from the “issue” they want to work with to “awareness and learning” on how they can move forward from their learning in the entireness of their (professional) life.

The Arc of the Forward Focused Conversation is designed to give coaches a structure they can use during the conversation with their clients, leaving enough room for flexibility and experimentation, but also providing focus to the movement of forwarding the client in their own learning.

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