I’ve been seeing/hearing a few posts/emails/discussion on which is better an Agile Trainer or an Agile Coach.  I haven’t done a pet peeves post in a while but this one might be close – more of a rant post.  Agile Trainer vs Agile coach is a complete waste of time topic.

First, let’s make align on what I consider within these terms: Training vs Coaching

Training:  Transferring content knowledge from one person to others (this is successfully done in ways beyond simply telling)

Coaching: Unlocking and exploring knowledge from within others

These are my super simple definitions.  Now notice I used the skill “ing” version not the role version.  I truly believe that we have overloaded the titles Agile Trainer and Agile Coach.  I know Agile Trainers that are amazing at training and coaching skills.  I know Agile Coaches that are amazing at training and coaching skills.  I know Agile Trainers that never use coaching.  I know Agile Coaches that never use training.  I know Agile Trainers that in my opinion don’t really train but consult/tell.  I know Agile Coaches that in my opinion don’t really coach but consult/tell.

I think what bothers me most in this “vs” equation is that there is an implication one skill is more important.  I just don’t believe that.  I think any leader should know how to both train and how to coach.  Both of these skills are essential and valuable.  Regardless of what a person might refer to themselves as – are they a leader?  That’s who I want helping me…someone who can both train and coach.

What comes to mind for you with this question?

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.

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