In the coaching phase the coachee tries to find a solution the his/her problem with the help of the coach. There are so many ways to do the actual coaching, that it is out of scope for this post, but for example the GROW model can be used.In the feedback phase the observer(s) give feedback and comments how they perceived how the coaching went. The coach and the coachee can clarify any ambiguities, and hopefully all three (or more) come to mutual conclusion about what worked, what didn’t, and what could be done differently.The retrospective phase is only applicable if there are more than one group of three in the exercise. In the retrospective phase groups can share experiences to other groups about the exercise. This allows inter-team learning and is especially fruitful when people who are unfamiliar with the exercise are present.The phases should be time boxed because it enhances structure to the exercise. In Agile Finland coaching circles the coaching phase takes typically 20 minutes, the feedback phase takes 5 minutes and the retrospective somewhere between 5 to 10 minutes.
Using these instructions you can organize a coaching exercise in your organization. One hour should be reserved for this kind of exercise (at least in the beginning), as the structure of the exercise needs to be explained and choosing the roles, etc. take time. I hope this information sparks future coaches in organizations and I would love to hear any experiences how the exercises went.