Agile Coach Interview Questions

Agile Coach Interview Questions

Vivek Jayaraman
26th Oct, 2020

Agile Coach Interview Questions

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Read and refer to the below interview questions:

  • How do you define Agile?
  • What is the need for Agile transformation?
  • What is your approach to coaching an Organization?
  • What are the different phases of change, and what are your responsibilities during each?
  • What is the difference between a Sprint and an Iteration?
  • How do Agile Coaches differ from Scrum Masters?
  • How do you know when to Coach and When to Mentor?
  • What is the fine line between Mentoring and Coaching?
  • How do you ensure your acceptance in the team you are coaching?
  • What is your stand when asked to come up with the budget for the project?
  • If the team complains about frequent changes in requirements, what is your answer as an Agile Coach?
  • How do you coach a Product Manager who always comes up with changing requirements due to Stakeholder pressure?
  • What tools are you comfortable prescribing for the teams you are coaching?
  • What is the right time to coach the individuals in a team?
  • How do you approach a leader who is unwilling to take feedback?
  • How is your typical day look like?
  • What is your training approach?
  • There is strong opposition from middle management to adopting agility; how will you handle that?
  • How do you work towards changing the mindset of people in the workplace?
  • What is your first reaction when faced with resistance?
  • What are some of the challenges you have faced during your Agile Transformation?
  • What does a transformation start with?
  • How do you know that a change is taking place?
  • What are some of the challenges you have faced with distributed teams?
  • How do you manage distributed team conflicts?
  • What is your conflict management approach?
  • What are the different kinds of techniques that you have used for conducting retrospectives?
  • What is your preferred estimation technique?
  • How would you help a team adopt a story point technique from person-days or person-hours?
  • How do we decide Sprint length?
  • Is it possible to transform a Software development Organization just by using Extreme Programming practices?
  •  How to build self-organization teams? Share a few examples from your experience. 
  • What is your take on going with a scaling framework for transformations?
  • What was the most challenging and pressing problem that you have faced in your experience?
  • What is your triumphant moment as an Agile Coach?
  • Why is an Agile Coach a Facilitator?
  • For how many weeks or months do you think an Agile Coach is needed for the Organization?
  • How many teams can an Agile Coach work with?
  • What do you mean by co-creation?
  • How do you establish a coaching contract with the team?
  • How do you handle the resistance with the leadership team?
  • How do you motivate the teams?
  • What do you think about Agile Coaches keeping up to date in Technology?
  • State your views on Agile Coaches needing Technical knowledge.
  • What do you understand by Scaling? Is scaling necessary?
  • How will you coach a Product Owner on Agility if that person is totally new to Agile ways of working? 
  • In what ways will you help a team adopt extreme programming practices?
  • When do you think a Product Backlog item needs slicing?
  • How will you explain vertical slicing to the team?
  • What is the difference between the cost of delay and the cost of production?
  • What is an opportunity cost?
  • What is the difference between output-based and outcome-based delivery?
  • What are the key metrics that can help a team?
  • What are the key metrics in an Agile Transformation?
  • What are the key metrics at an Organizational level for Agile Coaching?
  • One of the teams in the Organization is delivering significantly less velocity. How will you address this situation?
  • How can you help the same team in handling new product development and as well as support issues?
  • What is the optimum team size that works based on your experience?
  • What are some of the Organizational impediments you have come across? And how do you address them?
  • What are the coaching ethics that the Agile Coach should follow?
  • What is the coaching boundary?

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