Agile Coach

Alpharetta, GA 30009 | Contract To Hire

Post Date: 04/10/2018 Job ID: 49310 Industry: Project Manager

AGILE COACH

Summary:

The Agile Coach will work with Technical Delivery Teams, Product Managers/Owners, Scrum Masters, QA, and PMO to assist with ongoing deployment of Agile development practices across the organization.  They will work directly with the teams to deliver training, coaching, and written documentation on Agile practices, tools, and techniques to support our goal to produce the highest quality software and the most efficient development teams possible.

  The Agile Coach will perform in the capacity of change agent, creating an environment of continuous improvement, challenging the status quo, and developing a compelling case for change.  In addition, will be responsible for constant review of performance indicators and metrics used to measure internal productivity, quality and other key areas.

Responsibilities:
  • Acts as champion and evangelist of the Agile process, to include responsibility for expanding the understanding and practice of agile principles throughout the entire organization, including software and operations teams, and possibly external customers/clients
  • Manages an Agile initiative and keeps current on new trends in other agile practices and technology solutions designed to deliver technology solutions
  • Collaborates directly with scrum teams to coach and guide them on the mechanics of agile methods to achieve optimal team effectiveness
  • Delivers hands-on coaching of individual scrum teams in all aspects of scrum-daily meetings, planning, self-organization, collaboration, iterative development, etc.  Assists in these meetings, as needed
  • Creates, builds and delivers customized agile training and internal agile tools designed to enhance team collaboration to both internal teams and external customers
  • Exposes our technology teams to the latest innovative thinking and ideas from the agile community to increase agility.  Assists with the rollout and training of new agile teams, as needed
  • Works directly with managers and scrum teams to remove enterprise-wide systematic obstacles that block ability to achieve sustainable increases in velocity and team efficiency
  • Provides agile leadership coaching and training to Scrum Masters, Product Owners and functional managers.  Facilitates general education sessions for non-development teams
  • Assists in the establishment, monitoring, and reporting of metrics and milestones for agile teams and Scrum Masters
  • Ensures cross-organizational and multiple stakeholder education, feedback, and consensus on Agile methodology
  • Applies an integrated process of planning and development strategies to ensure incremental results are delivered
  • Lead a team of Scrum Masters and provide the team coaching and mentoring
  • How you’ ll get the job done:
  • Accountability for value in the work you perform and the service you provide
  • Establish credibility by the sharing of knowledge related to your personal experiences and work with the team to maintain strong communication throughout each relationship
  • Sticking to the game plan.  If something gets committed, ensuring it gets done
  • Making it your job to know the particular product being delivered and how it will provide business value
  • Something will always come up, and it’ s better to play like you’ re catching up than to play like you’ ve already won
  • Whether it’ s when you need help or when you’ re unsure of an outcome, when in doubt, call out
  • When something is standing in your way of providing a successful solution, you have the authority to stop the assembly line until it gets resolved
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone at times
  • Taking pride in the work you have accomplished and showing it to the customer
  • Avoiding the desire to take shortcuts at times instead maintain the consistency in how we approach solutions to ensure successful outcomes.  Avoid the temptation to think that a difficult situation will be resolved simply by the passage of time and without the hard work of addressing root causes

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’ s degree in a related discipline and/or equivalent work experience
  • CSM and/or PSM (level 1 or 2 is ideal)
  • 3+ years of large scale Agile coaching experience, hands-on and practical in nature
  • 5+ years of experience working in a software development environment
  • Deep knowledge of Agile principles and practices, with the ability to transfer that understanding at all levels of the organization
  • Consulting and facilitation skills in leading technical teams in the adoption and improvement of agile methodologies
  • Excellent training and presentation skills
  • Ability to learn and adapt in a fast-paced environment
  • Skilled in leading meetings, driving decisions, and negotiating win/win solutions
  • Strong leadership/relationship building skills, with a demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Excellent listening and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • A willingness to provide instruction and mentoring
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