What is an online coaching circle?

An online agile coaching circle is a small group of 6-12 circle members plus a facilitator who meet online regularly over several months. During each session, circle members have the opportunity to coach each other on current work challenges or issues.


The main method used is based on action learning. Founded in the 1950s, action learning is a proven method in the world of professional development. It’s all about transformation for both the individual and the organisation, and has earned a well-respected place on many management, leadership and professional-development programmes.

Different formats will be used, including working in pairs and triads.

In addition, circle members will meet online between sessions for up to an hour in pairs or small groups, for practice and reflection.

What's the benefit of being part of an online coaching circle?

Being an Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Agile Manager or Product Owner can often be quite a lonely place. People in such roles often spend the majority of their time supporting others whilst themselves feeling unsupported. A coaching circle is a safe place to explore their fears and concerns. Being asked probing questions from circle members allows the issue holder to work through problems that often they're not able to work through on their own.

Other benefits of coaching circles:

  • Receive support in finding new creative solutions to challenges or issues in your day-to-day work as an Agile coach or practitioner
  • Work through issues relating to you and your work teams, allowing you to go back and approach them with confidence
  • Develop yourself and your career as an Agile coach or practitioner
  • Learn from the experiences of others
  • Practice the art of asking powerful coaching questions to unlock the potential of your peers, team members, and clients
  • Enhance team working and collaboration skills
  • Develop problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Enhance your ability to reflect on and learn from individual and collective experiences
  • Develop awareness of how individual behaviours, attitudes and assumptions impact on decision making

In addition you will:

  • Receive guidance and practice on the art of asking open, exploratory questions
  • Practice reflective learning through group retrospectives
  • Receive support and accountability for your committed actions and your progress month-by-month
  • Develop networks and relationships with fellow coaches and aspiring coaches that are deeper than most work relationships

Who facilitates the coaching circle?

The circle is facilitated by Ryan Behrman, an experienced, certified agile coach and facilitator, and trained action learning facilitator (see organiser description on this page).


Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Agile Managers, Product Owners. The circle is also suitable for team members who want to move into a coaching role or to include more of a coaching style in their work, or for any role within the agile landscape.


It is a pre-requisite that you have at least a grounding in the basics of Agile, and at least 6 months' experience as an Agile practitioner.

If you have any queries about your suitability for the circles, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Trainer Bio

Ryan BehrmanRyan Behrman

Ryan's work is about coaching, mentoring, and training teams and individuals to work more effectively and productively. His approach is a pragmatic blend of listening, consulting, mentoring, training, and facilitation. He's helped to align and coordinate teams in multi-team environments through the design and facilitation of agile ways of working within and across teams.

He's an experienced trainer and facilitator and runs regular public and in-house trainings and workshops in Agile Coaching and Facilitation, Management 3.0, StrongSuits (a strengths-based tool), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Scrum, and Kanban.

Ryan's early education and work were in engineering and web development. He holds an MBA degree from Warwick Business School where he wrote his dissertation comparing agile methods to traditional methods of management and workflow.

He's a certificated coach with Coaching Development and subsequently served as a mentor on our programme. He also offers 1-1 coaching in a private capacity at his London residence.

Ryan is trained in action learning facilitation with Action Learning Centre and he facilitates our monthly agile coaching circles, an online coaching practice and peer mentoring group for agile coaches.

Ryan has worked in the UK, South Africa, Canada, Spain, Poland and Germany with industries spanning retail, supply chain, publishing, government, travel, cloud software, education, investment banking, wealth management, and FinTech.

He regularly speaks and facilitates sessions at Agile conferences, and is co-organiser of the annual Melly Camp unconference.


Dates 4 x sessions: 25 April, 23 May, 13 June, 11 July
Timing Each session lasts 2 hours. Start time for all sessions is 9am PST / 12pm EST / 6pm CET / 5pm UK   We will be using ZOOM and you will receive an invitation via email.
In addition, there will be approximately 1 hour of homework before the first session and between each session.
Fees £200.00 + VAT for 4 x sessions
Location Online - We will be using ZOOM and you will receive an invitation via email.
Booking Click here to reserve your place.
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