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Agile Coach
Ref No.: 17-00254
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
For more details feel free to reach us at 732-549-6800 ext 311!!!

Role: Agile Coach
Location
: Bethlehem, PA or New York, NY - resource must be willing to commute to whichever office has the demand.
Duration: 3-6 months with the potential to extend
Interview mode: Phone and In person
 
The candidate for the position of Agile Coach will be responsible for coaching and mentoring all aspects of our agile implementation including, but not limited to, agile execution, Scrum Masters, Agile Product Owners and executives.  The Agile Coach will emphasize agile principles, practices and frameworks to enable teams to deliver high value business capabilities.  The coach candidate should embrace servant leadership and display behaviors that come with the key mindset shifts associated with being agile.
 
The Agile Coach will serve as a subject matter expert on Agile execution frameworks (Scrum, Kanban, XP, etc) as well as scaling frameworks such as Scaled Agile framework (SAFe, LeSS).  The candidate must possess software development technical knowledge and the ability to train, mentor and coach on all agile engineering practices (with an emphasis on TDD).  The Agile Coach must also be able to collaborate with key agile resources to develop changes to the agile application development practices used by various BTS (Business Technology Services) areas and in IT & Shared Services with the focus on improving delivery for our various business areas.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Coach, Facilitate, mentor and train Scrum and Kanban teams comprised of on-shore an off-shore / distributed resources to follow the models implemented at Guardian.
  • Coach and mentor individuals and teams to discover and implement improved ways of collaborating and developing into high-performing, self-organizing, Agile units.
  • Drive adoption of Agile mindset and framework best practices in teams.
  • Develop and deliver training, mentoring and coaching around agile engineering practices and techniques such as TDD, ATDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment, Automated Testing, collective code ownership, pair/mob programming and DevOps
    • Design and developmental principles (SOLID, FIRST, GRASP, DRY, etc)
    • Professional software development behavior (pair programming, continuous integration, clean code and refactoring)
    • Legacy Code Refactoring - Coach teams to safely refactor dirty code
  • Proactively identify bottlenecks, impediments and issues and guide agile teams to quickly remove areas of inefficiency and waste.
  • Coach and mentor on collaboration, iterative development, managing flow, calculating velocity, limiting work in progress, etc.
  • Training, coaching and mentoring PMO organizations (CPMO, GPMO, IT-PMO, etc) on agile frameworks.
  • Facilitates discussion, decision making and conflict resolution as it arises and proactively guide the team.
  • Remains informed about industry trends and best practices concerning agile methodologies and advances those best practices in the organization.
  • Candidates should have a technical understanding of the CI/CD tools used to perform the infrastructure provisioning and application deployments needed to support an Agile approach.  They should be able to convey to the business areas how these tools can be used to help decrease the time it takes to deliver business solutions.
Experience:
  • 5+ years of experience coaching agile frameworks (i.e. Scrum, Kanban, XP, etc)
  • 7-10 years of application development experience in varying technologies.
  • Hands-on training, mentoring and coaching experience with agile engineering practices and techniques such as TDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment and Automated Testing
  • Experience with coaching, mentoring and training agile teams working in a DevOps environment.
  • CI/CD experience with repositories like GIT/Bit Bucket Terraform infrastructure coding, build orchestration tooks like Jenkins and configuration management tools like Puppet/Chef.
  • Experience working with enterprise PMO's to blend waterfall and agile portfolio reporting for senior management.
  • Experience working with all levels of an organization on an enterprise Agile Transformation program.
  • Certified in one of more of the following: CSM, PMI-ACP, CSD, CSPO, SPC, CSC, ICP-ACC, etc.
  • Experience with JIRA and Confluence.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with team members, support personnel and clients.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to collaborate with other coaches and trainers in order to build Guardian's agile delivery capabilities.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Computer Science, Engineering, or a directly related field.
  • Knowledge and use of industry accepted Software Development methodology.