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Agile Coach
Ref No.: 18-00007
Location: Holmdel, New Jersey
Position Type:Contract
Experience Level: 11 Years
Start Date / End Date: 04/23/2018 to 12/28/2018
Objective:
The candidate for the position of Agile Coach will be responsible for coaching and mentoring agile execution, Scrum Masters, Agile Product Owners and executives to leverage agile principles, practices and frameworks in order to deliver high value business capabilities.

The Agile Coach may also coach agile program teams as needed. Serves as a subject matter expert on Agile frameworks (Scrum, Kanban, XP etc) and on scaling agile development, including the use of scaling frameworks such as Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe,Less). Embraces servant leadership and displays behaviors that come with the key mindset shifts associated with being agile.

This person will also be responsible for collaborating to develop changes to the agile application development practices used by various technology areas in order to improve delivery of business objectives.


What You'll Do:
  • Expert professional coach, facilitator, mentor, trainer, and consultant.
  • Assess, plan, and drive the Agile approach, principles and practices during a transformation.
  • Provides hands-on management and coaching of scrum teams in all aspects of scrum (facilitating daily stand-up meetings, sprint planning, sprint demo and retrospective meetings, backlog grooming, daily routines, self-organization, collaboration, iterative development, managing flow, calculating velocity, limiting work in progress, etc.)
  • Assesses the maturity of the team and organization and coaches the team to higher levels of maturity, at a pace that is sustainable and appropriate for the team and organization
  • Training, coaching and mentoring PMO organizations on agile frameworks
  • Coaching on agile engineering best practices such as test driven development (TDD), DevOps, continuous integration (CI), and test automation.
  • Facilitates discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution.
  • Guide and drive executives, managers, teams to implement Agile development approaches.
  • Identify other areas of expertise that need to be brought in to accomplish the client's objective.
  • Work to help all levels of the organization understand the benefits of working agile.
  • Reviews current agile processes, drives process improvements and challenges team to innovate
  • Work well with other coaches and consultants.
  • Remains informed about industry trends and best practices concerning agile methodologies and advances those best practices in the organization.

Qualifications

Skills and Experience:
  • 5+ years of experience coaching agile frameworks and various frameworks (i.e. Scrum, Kanban, XP, etc.)
  • 7-10 years of application development experience in varying technologies.
  • Professional Business related experience.
  • Experience working with enterprise PMOs to blend waterfall and agile portfolio reporting for senior management.
  • Certified in one or more of the following: CSM, PMI-ACP, CSD, CSPO, SPC, CSC, ICP-Client, etc.
  • Familiar with Agile framework support tools like VersionOne, Rally, JIRA, TFS, Lean-Kit, etc.
  • 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 Client'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.
  • Basic knowledge and/or experience with agile engineering practices and techniques such as User Stories, TDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment, Automated Testing, Agile Games.