Agile Coach / Manager

Burlington, MA

Posted: 08/21/2019 Employment Type: Perm Industry: IT Job Number: 230253

Top 3 Technical Skills (confirmed):
  • Ability and experience leading and managing a team of Scrum Masters 
  • Strong Knowledge and experience with Agile concepts and Agile adoption
  • Understanding of SDLC and DevOps pipeline 


    ·       Scrum Coach certification

    ·       Scrum Master certification

    ·  Program Consultant (SPC) certification or other Agile scaling framework knowledge/certification

    ·       Experience coaching at large organizations or Fortune 500 companies


    Job Description:  The goal of our Agile Coach/Manager is to work with leadership at all levels throughout the organization to help them understand new ways of working, organizing and leading.  Also, this role will have people management responsibility for all of the dedicated Scrum Masters in the development organization.


    Educate Colleagues

    The Agile Coach must educate employees at all levels, including senior leadership, on Agile principles, providing them with tools for implementing the process in their own work. They provide training sessions and teach valuable skills that lead toward the organization-wide adoption of Agile methodologies.


    Mentor Teams

    As a mentor, the Agile Coach is responsible for guiding teams into the Agile methodology, providing employees with feedback and means of improvement, catalyzing organizational growth and answering questions. They provide hands-on support to all employees, collaborating with people across widely varying levels and roles, leading teams toward further understanding and adoption of Agile as well as overall company growth and improvement.


    Develop Agile Adoption Strategy

    The Agile Coach is responsible for designing a strategy for the organizational adoption of Agile. This includes every stage of adoption, from the introduction of Agile and employee education, to fostering teams and cultures that practice Agile, to sustaining Agile methodologies and continually offering strategies for improvement.


    Implement Agile Methodology

    This task entails implementing Agile process, principles and practices across all levels and departments in an organization. The Agile Coach must use techniques that increase collaboration, predictability, transparency and promote a culture of experimentation and innovation. In order to do this, the Agile Coach must also embody the Agile principles and lead by example.


    Agile Coach Skills:

    Both strong leaders and advocates for the adoption of Agile, Agile Coaches must be assertive about adherence to Agile processes and enthusiastic about Agile practices and their benefits. They are both educators and coaches, and thus possess great interpersonal skills, teaching abilities, and a capacity to inspire and motivate. In order to stay ahead, Agile Coaches must be self-taught, and they must constantly be updating their information, attending conferences, and continuously learning.


    Core Skills:

    ·       Demonstrating strong knowledge of and background with Agile concepts

    ·       Possessing prior experience coaching teams in Agile adoption or as a Scrum Master

    ·       Understanding the DevOps pipeline from idea inception to value delivery.

    ·       Having and understanding of and experience with software development, preferably SaaS.


    Advanced Skills:

    ·       Scrum Coach certification

    ·       Scrum Master certification

    ·       SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) certification or other Agile scaling framework knowledge/certification

    ·       Experience coaching at large organizations or Fortune 500 companies


    Managerial Responsibilities:


    ·       Manage 8-10 Scrum Masters within the development organization

    ·       Establish strategic goals by gathering pertinent business/operational information – identifying and evaluating trends and options, defining objectives, evaluating outcomes

    ·       Communicate job expectations, appraise role results/outcomes

    ·       Develop best practices and promote adoption throughout your organization

    ·       Foster a vibrant, highly-effective culture that values trust, collaboration, and dedication to quality. Incorporate innovation, continuous learning, and mentoring to attract and retain top talent.

    ·       Change leader with the ability to engage, coach, and motivate Scrum Masters with diverse skills and aptitudes.
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