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Tuesday, August 7 • 14:00 - 15:15
Test Coach vs Agile Coach vs Professional Coach: Going deeper with coaching (Toby Sinclair)

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Test Coach is becoming a popular job title within the Testing Community. This is no surprise given the rise of Agile Coaches within the IT Industry. But what is a Test Coach? How is it different to an Agile Coach? What type of coaching does a Test Coach do?
What might surprise you, is that many Test and Agile Coaches are not really coaching.
18 Months ago, I started working as an Agile Coach which led me to a disorientating dilemma. I was confident I knew lots about Agile and had previously called myself a “Test Coach” but I was soon to learn that I had a shallow understanding of Coaching and I was not alone. I’d come to realise that many self-identified test coaches, including myself, were really acting as Mentors rather than Coaches. Advice and instruction was more common than active listening or powerful questions. In fact, I hadn’t even realised Mentoring and Coaching were not that same thing!
In this talk, I will share the vital lessons that have led me to a deeper understanding of what Coaching is and what is means for your Test coaching practice. I will share my early experiences of coaching and some embarrassing stories from these early attempts. I’ll share what you should look out for in a good test coach. Finally, I’ll share my experience of undertaking a Professional Coaching course and accreditation with the ICF (International Coaching Federation).
I started out on my journey keen to understand how coaching could equip me with the best ways to help others. However, what I didn’t realise is that this would be more of a journey inwards, to a greater awareness of myself. I found that only first growing myself could I best serve others and being coached was an important part of enabling that growth.
I hope to inspire you by sharing my real-life experience. You will leave with practical insight into how to become a coach, be coached or grow further in becoming a test coach.

Learning Outcomes:
  • • Understand differences between Test Coach, Agile Coach and Professional Coach
  • • Understanding of how coaching and mentoring are not the same
  • • Reflection on your current coaching approach
  • • Coaching techniques you can use within your test coaching practice

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Toby Sinclair

Personal and Team Coach, JP MORGAN CHASE
Toby is a Personal and Team Coach based in London. He is a practitioner with over 10 years experience in the technology industry including testing, development and in recent years Professional Coaching. He works in complex organisations helping them identify improvements.Toby is a... Read More →

Tuesday August 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:15 PDT
Marriott Salon 10 & 11