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Agile Coach

Riverwoods, Illinois | IT
Job ID: 100193
Listed on 7/21/2020

KellyMitchell matches the best IT and business talent with premier organizations nationwide. Our clients, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to rapidly growing high-tech companies, are exceptionally served by our 1500+ IT and business consultants. Our industry is growing rapidly, and now is a great time to launch your career with the KellyMitchell team.

Location:
Riverwoods, IL 60015

Job Summary:
The Program Agile Coach is responsible for mentoring team agile coaches, advising managers and developing/enhancing agile maturity levels of teams. Program Agile Coach is also responsible for training agile teams and leaders on Discover’s agile principles & processes. The Program Agile Coach will be Subject Matter Expert (SME) on agile and scaled agile development methods and processes as well as an experienced IT leader.

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