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Sr. Agile Coach

Chicago, Illinois | IT
Job ID: 71596
Listed on 5/18/2017

Description: 

Job Responsibilities:

• Work with IT and Business senior leaders to define strategies for transitioning to Lean/Agile practices

• Act as a trusted advisor to organizations when guiding them through their Lean/Agile transformations

• Lead workshops & training sessions to educate individuals on Agile Values, Principles, and Practices

• Mentor and pair with change agents within client organizations on becoming true Lean/Agile champions

• Coach and mentors Scrum Masters, Release Train Engineers, Product Managers, Product Owners, Team Coaches and other key agile roles on influencing organizational change

• Coach teams & leaders on the “mindset change” required to transform their existing development practices to follow agile methodologies

• Help teams to adopt and improve agile methods and practices

• Apply lean thinking to team specific issues to bring a holistic approach to maturing a team

• Ability to collaborate effectively with the teams and individuals that they are coaching/training to build trust

• Assist Scrum & Kanban teams to improve delivery performance through coaching and mentoring on team roles, tools, processes and ceremonies

• Leverage the metrics to monitor/enhance team’s performance and agile maturity level

• Drive the required cultural transformation in adopting the new way of working i.e agile development methodologies

• Participate and contribute actively to continuous evolve processes to align to enterprise agile transformation strategy

• Aid in the establishment of agile teams, programs and value streams and initial coaching to a variety of key stakeholders

• Coaches Senior Managers in Agile & Lean practices. Enable them to be effective Agile Champions

• Serves as Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Agile development methods and processes

• Lead Community of Practices / workshops based on roles or specific topics

• Assess the agile maturity of existing teams and coaches to higher levels of maturity

• Expert in visualizing flow of work, controlling Work in Progress (WIP), managing queue sizes and batch optimization of work

• Former experience as Scrum Master or Product Owner, master of Servant Leadership

• Promote a risk-aware culture, ensure efficient and effective risk and compliance management practices by adhering to require standards and processes

Job Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree

• 5+ years of relevant Lean / Agile experience

• Demonstrable expertise in influencing organizational change

• Hands on experience scaling Lean/Agile practices

• Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) or Scaled Agilist (SA) Certification

• Highly proficient in Agile practices and able to clearly coach teams and programs at varying maturity levels

• Profound understanding of agile methodologies such as Scrum & Kanban & Scaled Agile principles and practices

• Experience in agile methods such as DevOps, Agile testing, Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment, Agile development, XP practices and Agile architecture

• Experience in creating/enhancing training materials and deliver training

• Share knowledge at different levels, be hands-on with the team as required

• Excellent planning, conceptual, consulting skills, analytical ability, strong judgment and management skills and the ability to interact with senior business areas, IT management staff and business partners

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

• Excellent problem solving and influencing skills

• Skills in translating broad strategic intent into tactical plans and directions

• Excellent negotiation and conflict management skills