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In the podcast this week, we discuss the Agile Coaching Code of Ethics and the process of building an ethical foundation.  Shane Hastie and Craig Smith have been leading the effort to craft a useful Agile Coaching Code of Ethics for the past year. These two thought leaders have helped to pull together a diverse group of coaches, and then guide that herd of cats in order to create a new force to guide agile coaches of all stripes. 

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An Agile Coach’s Code of Ethics (ACCoE) will have a broad set of implications  Some of those implications will deliver tactical impact while others will have a more systemic effect. The systemic effects can be grouped into two categories. For example, an ACCoE will act as:

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An Agile Coaching Code of Ethics  (ACCoE) must solve or deter a problem that can occur during a coaching relationship. Even when a coaching gig is strictly transactional, the relationship begins before any coaching occurs and extends well after coaching. The length of the relationship requires anyone delivering coaching to carefully consider the explicit and implicit outcomes of their behaviors. The essay Why An Agile Coaching Code Of Ethics laid out five ways that outcomes are tangibly affected. The first three effects provide a tactical framework for shaping and guiding behavior (the second set of two are more strategic and we will discuss them later).  The tactical framework includes:

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