Use code "EARLYBIRD" at checkout for 10% off Accelerator & Changemaker packages. Offer expires Sunday Feb 14th.
Cart
0
Book a free coaching session
We've changed our online courses into coaching sprints and here's whyWe've changed our online courses into coaching sprints and here's whyWe've changed our online courses into coaching sprints and here's why

We've changed our online courses into coaching sprints and here's why

The original poster for our Coaching For Product Leaders course

At the end of 2020, we ran an online course teaching product leaders how to use coaching techniques to make their one-to-one meetings with direct reports more effective. Product leaders held a one-to-one with line reports, gathered feedback on it from them, went through our online course with a cohort of product leaders and private coaching, then did another one-to-one with their line reports to see what the impact of their new coaching techniques was.

We put a lot of time and effort into designing and testing the course. And all the participants in the first cohort found it really valuable.

But, based on their feedback and sales conversations, we thought we could make the experience even better.

So, we made some changes.

What we learned and what we changed

Product leaders love being coached

I mean product leaders really love being coached. The one-on-one coaching was by far their favourite part of the experience.

So, we added more coaching. In fact, we made coaching sessions the driving element of the offering, taking the total number of sessions in the 4-week program from one to four.

They want to start at a time that suited them

In sales conversations, we found that product leaders didn't want to wait to start the course. If they wanted it, they wanted to start now. An immediate start with their own private coach outweighed the benefits of waiting for a set start date then running through the course with a cohort of other product leaders.

Based on this information, we made the course a private experience with just the product leader and their coach, meaning that product leaders could start straight away in their first coaching session.

Product people want to be able to test and learn

Having plenty of data to show you what's changed between the beginning and end of the sprint was highly appealing to product leaders. And now that the course was a private experience we could make even more of it. So, we kept the concept and enhanced it.

We created the Lean Coaching Canvas to use in all our coaching sessions. It encourages the coach and client to capture the expected outcome of what they are doing so at any stage in the process, they have an idea of how effective they are.

Product management isn't one-size-fits-all

Everyone came to the course with different expectations and goals. While they were able to focus on the materials and activities in the course that gave them most value, they did have to work through the whole thing, which meant reviewing quite a bit of content.

By shifting the format of the program to be based on one-to-one coaching, the coach can personalise the elements that the client needs to complete, meaning that they save time and prioritise the most impactful content and activities for their specific goals.

Sprints fit with how product managers work

In product management, most of us are used to working in sprints, and our work schedules are structured around that. An online course with a rigid timetable including group events can cut right across that and be difficult to incorporate into the flow of work.

We decided to let clients book coaching sessions at a time that suits them so they can make them work for their schedule, then complete the follow-up tasks from the session as actions within their regular workflow rather than being forced into the timeframes of an online course.

Enter the coaching sprint

By the time we'd incorporated all these changes, we realised we had something quite different to an online course. It was much closer to the format our coaching work than either a typical online course. So, we decided to call it something different: a coaching sprint.

A coaching sprint is a short, intense, personalised learning program designed to fill a specific skills gap. It's based around four one-to-one coaching sessions with supporting tasks, activities and learning materials. You can find out find out more on our coaching sprints page.

We've been running coaching sprints on a range of topics and are always adding new ones to our library. So far, we've found they fill a neat gap for people who want to upskill quickly in specific areas while working though a current work challenge they have. And, of course we'll continue fine-tuning the format as we get more feedback from clients.

If you're interested to find out more about coaching sprints, or would like to talk to use about coaching in general, book a coaching consultation and we'll be happy to help you out.

Introducing Super Blog

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Create and manage your personal blog

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Easily customize your posts

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature.

Discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..", comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

Share your stories to the world!

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

The quick, brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. DJs flock by when MTV ax quiz prog. Junk MTV quiz graced by fox whelps.
Unordered List
  • List 1
  • List 2
  • List 3
  • List 4
Ordered List
  1. List 1
  2. List 2
  3. List 3
  4. List 4
Wil Procter

Head of Learning at The Product Refinery, Wil has been working in digital learning since the early 2000s designing digital learning experiences and building learning teams to solve the interesting problems that arise when learning and technology meet.

More articles

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Featured