Monday, September 23, 2019

Finding your place as an SPC

Time to take yet another jab at the SPC. The SPC role is massive, and as I mentioned before - people can't be good at everything the role suggests. That's simply because there are too many different things you might be doing.

DISCLAIMER: Proceed with caution. This model needs refinement.

So, I've created this simple model as a brain dump on what an SPC could spend their time with.
If you're an SPC and/or Agile Coach, you can try checking the boxes and see where that lands you.


  • If you're an organization looking for an SPC, let them make their check marks.
    This gives you an impression of what you're hiring for.
  • If you're an SPC as part of a company's SPC community, this gives you a reflection opportunity to see if what you do is what you want to be doing.
  • If you meet as an SPC community, you may want to compare your results with your peers - it's a great discussion starter!


  • I would like to say, "There are no rights and no wrongs" - but that wouldn't be entirely true. A few combinations would be pretty insane. If you can't figure out which ones, ... I have bad news.
  • Not all combinations are consistent - I hope that's not what you're doing.
  • As the dividing line is, "where you spend more than 10% of your time" - there shouldn't be more than 10 checks.
    • I would assume that an average SPC shouldn't have more than 5 or 6.
    • Being a non-average SPC means you're probably spreading yourself too thin.

Feedback welcome. I would like to improve this so it can be the most useful tool for others.


  1. "there shouldn't be more than 10 checks" Why? There are a lot of overlaps, e.g. as an Agile Coach i could establish practices in an ART Launch/PI Planning? Much better picture is the Agile Coaching Competency Framework. Every Agile Coach or SPC has his strength and weeknesses in the different disciplines. The question is not about percentages, but about the maturity and experiences in each of this topics.

    1. Hi Alain,
      thanks for commenting.
      I agree that there are overlaps, and that's intentional.

      First: Remember that an SPC is NOT an Agile Coach.

      Why 10? Simple - how do you focus on more than 10 different things - and what would that tell us about applied understanding of basic principles like Scrum Values, Kanban Practice or Lean Flow? Remember, the question isn't "What can you do" - but: "What do you spend your time on?"
      Regardless of what you do, there are still only two options: Either you spend the majority of your time in few domains, or you're distributing yourself too thinly.

      Anyway. The point isn't whether a few things overlap. The point is that regardless of how you slice it, if you do 10 different things (even overlapping): What is your focus? Is it the ART launch, or is it practice coaching? What do you actually do with your time? Ensure successful ART launch, or take care of agile practice?

      This is exactly the kind of discussion I want to trigger. Again: Filling the form isn't what matters. The ensuing discussion does.

    2. Why would you want to be an SPC? It seems like a very anti agile way of implementing agile.