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Contract Agile Coach

at Abin Thomas (Anywhere)

Position: Agile Coach
Duration: 6+ months
Location: Burbank CA
Major Skills: SCRUM and Kanban. Jira

Responsibilities / Preferred Qualifications

• Guide and influence S.E. Teams regarding Agile processes (e.g. creation of iteration backlog, planning, categorization, prioritization, developing burn-down charts, daily standup, retrospectives, etc.)
- Review and assess current methodology, workflow, planning process for future planning
- Work with the teams to build an effective meeting and collaboration cadence
- Mentor and develop the Scrum or Kanban methodology competency within the team
- Work with S.E. Managers to develop workflows for disparate
• Provide 1-to-1 coaching to team members, providing tools and skills to empower ICs
• Coaching on various workflow management details that help us make better decisions with regard to categorization, prioritization, sizing, and improvement
• Provide guidance for virtual and distributed teams
• Participate in:
- Adaptive planning and user story estimation
- Release and iteration planning
- User story decomposition, categorization and prioritization
- Daily standup
- Retrospectives
• Facilitate team retrospectives and help the team foster a regular and consistent forum for making improvements
• Participate in maturity surveys, analyze data and create action plans to increase team maturity
• Regularly report team progress and roadblocks around adoption and growth
• Educate in the use of JIRA, Agile boards and time tracking
• Proactively identify potential problems, risks and issues and demonstrate course correction response utilizing Agile principles and practices
• Act as a change agent by helping improve Agile practices, team communication, collaboration and recommend improvements
• Work with Manager in interpreting project performance metrics
• Help the business understand the value in using Agile processes
• Active contribution through lessons learned sessions, knowledge management, training sessions etc.
• Provide process improvement feedback and recommendations
• Provide SME coaching to specific Agile roles: Scrum Masters, Engineering Managers and Engineers. Administers Agile team maturity assessments and develops coaching plans accordingly
• Prepares a variety of communication artifacts related to Agile practice events, progress and plans. Helps develop presentations to stakeholders and facilitates working sessions to identify resolutions to barriers to scaling use of Agile.

Basic Qualifications Required

• College degree and 4 years or relevant work experience
• 2+ years' of experience in Agile Coaching and Mentoring
• 5+ years' experience in IT Project Management
• Ability to work well with people with varying technical and business abilities
• Ability to translate technical concepts into non-technical terms
• Excellent presentation skills including strong PowerPoint skills
• Must be able to develop productive working relationships with a wide variety of teams and leaders
• Demonstrated high level of analytical and problem solving skills
• Strong negotiation and influencing skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications Preferred

• 7+ years of project management work experience including
• 4+ years of managing Agile projects or working on Agile teams
• 2+ years experience in roles as an Agile Coach
• 2+ years experience leading change initiatives
• Working knowledge of JIRA
• Master’s degree in a technical area, Communication, or Business

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