Solution-Focused Team Coaching Structure

As Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches we have the daily challenge to reflect our own behavior and to identify what we should do differently. The Solution-Focused Team Coaching Structure gives guidance to self-reflection and identification of goals, possibilities and actionable next steps.

Based on the structure used in solution-focused coaching, we begin with a concrete observation in the team and our own coaching. At first, we formulate this observation in a completely neutral and value-free way. It helps to find what we would like to see in the future, or what we would like to see instead. That way we can define a successful future. The next step is to identify the capabilities, strengths, values, and resources that both the team and ourselves have as coaches, and that we can use to achieve this successful future.

The crucial, effective point is now to derive from these intermediate results the next concrete step we can take today and tomorrow with the team as their coach. What will we actually do to get a little bit closer to the future? Finally, we ask for our confidence that we’re going to take this step and find out what else we could do to increase our confidence.

The linked PDF of the Solution-Focused Team Coaching Structure contains on the first page all questions for the team and the own coaching level. The following two pages provide concrete examples of how the structure can be filled out and used.

I’m looking forward to reading about your feedback and experiences with using this structure. Feel free to add comments.

If you want to learn more about solution-focused coaching of agile team, I recommend to read the book “Solution-Focused Coaching for Agile Teams” by Veronika Kotrba and Ralph Miarka.

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