Agile Coach Interview

Agile Coach Interview Questions

The following list of top ten Agile Coach interview questions is based on my own experience and the feedback shared by several other Agile coaches during training sessions (mainly ICP-ACC):

  1. Describe the typical journey of a team towards their goal of being a high performing team? Have you been able to create high performance teams in the past? If yes, tell us 2-3 things that helped you the most in your journey towards creating a high performing team?
  2. What factors would you consider while deciding the sprint length for a team?
  3. How should a team handle scope change requests during sprint? If you experienced such a situation in a previous project, what did you try? What worked for you?
  4. Why should we estimate stories in story points rather than hours/days? How would you translate a story point to hours?
  5. Management wants to evaluate individual performance on an ongoing basis so it helps them during annual review process. What approach or metrics would you recommend them?
  6. Management wants to create self-managing teams. How would you measure and track the self-managing culture of a team?
  7. A team finds retrospective to be a waste of time. No one wants to attend them, and when they do, it usually turns into a blame game. As an agile coach, how would you approach this situation?
  8. What are some of the ways you have conducted retrospectives in the past? What has usually worked for you while conducting an effective retrospective?
  9. For a distributed team spread across two locations - say India and US east coast - what key practices would you recommend them to adopt?
  10. What are some of the approaches to deal with team conflicts? How would you approach a conflict between developers and testers where developers feel testers are raising unnecessary bugs and testers feel developers give them the stories too late in the Sprint?

A QUICK NOTE... A good answer will go deeper than a theoretical 'what' and 'how', and will touch upon a little bit of 'why'. And, if you can top it up with an evidence of success from your own experience, that would be perfect.

PS: There may be some questions to trap you by pushing in the wrong direction (like #5).

Cheers, and good luck for your next interview!

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