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Agile Coach


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TBA
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Johannesburg
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Job Information

This is a 12 month contract

Critical Requirement:

§ Candidate must have a strong technical background

§ Candidate must be a generalist

§ Worked on Deliverable based projects

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

§ Support the The Company’s Agile House in driving the implementation of Agile principles and practices across the Group Technology portfolio.

§ Assist in driving the Enterprise Agile transformation for the Group.

§ Assist in creating internal capabilities to coach and mentor the new roles in the Agile ways of working.

§ Assist in creating internal capabilities to train the new roles in the Agile ways of working.

§ Guiding Solution Delivery teams and the organisation on how to use Agile practices and values

§ Guiding the team on how to get the most out of self-organisation

§ Assessing the Scrum Maturity of the team and organisation and coaching the team to higher levels of maturity, at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team and organisation

§ Removing impediments or guiding the team to remove impediments by finding the right personnel to remove the impediment.

§ Building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis of healing and problem solving.

§ Facilitating getting the work done without coercion, assigning, or dictating the work.

§ Facilitating discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution

§ Assisting with internal and external communication, improving transparency, and radiating information

§ Supporting and educating Product Owners, especially with respect to grooming and maintaining the product backlog.

§ Providing all support to the team using a servant leadership style whenever possible, and leading by example

Educational Requirements:

§ Business, IT or Engineering degree.

§ Relevant Agile certifications (Agile Project Management registered practitioner, Scrum Product Owner, Agile team facilitation, SAFe Agilist)

§ Professional Scrum Master level I required

§ Professional Scrum Master level 2 preferred

§ Process Engineering methods and techniques like Lean, 6 Sigma, Outside In, CMM, Theory of Constraints, Root Cause Analysis, etc.

§ Membership of professional body/association

 

Skills:

§ Knowledge of other Agile approaches: SAFe, XP, Kanban, DSDM, TSP, Crystal, FDD, etc.

§ Knowledge and experience with widely successful Agile techniques: User Stories, ATDD, TDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Pairing, Automated Testing, Agile Games

§ Applicable knowledge of the technologies used by the team

§ Experience applying a wide variety of well documented patterns and techniques for filling in the intentional gaps left in the Scrum approach (example: numerous Burndown techniques, numerous Retrospective formats, handling bugs, etc.)

§ Second level Scrum Master certification (CSP, PSM II)

§ Experience playing the Agile Coach / Scrum Master role for at least two years for a software development team that was diligently applying Scrum principles, practices, and theory.

§ Previous experience as a team lead

§ Excellent consulting, communication and mentoring skills

Technical Skills:

§ Strong development background

§ Understand basic fundamentals of iterative development

§ Understand other processes and methodologies and can speak intelligently about them and leverage other techniques to provide value to a team/enterprise

§ Understand basic fundamentals of software development processes and procedures

§ Understand the basic fundamentals of Process re-engineering

§ Understand the value of commitments to delivery made by a development team

§ Understand incremental delivery and the value of metrics

§ Understand backlog tracking, burndown metrics, velocity, and task definition

 

§ Familiarity with common Agile practices, service-oriented environments, and better development practices

 

 



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