Agile Coach - Remote (Home Office: Waterloo) - WFH during Covid-19

Starts October 2020
Duration 12 months
Status Freelance
Rate Up to $75/hour DOE
Our client is looking for an Agile Coach to join their team on a one year contract. The Agile Team Coach plays a critical role in transforming and sustaining an environment of continuous improvement and self-organized high performing teams. The Agile Team Coach is a discipline expert in Agile Practices and will be responsible for working with Agile teams, stakeholders, leaders and managers to improve performance and outcomesThe Agile Coach will provide coaching, training, mentoring, impediment management, and leadership to facilitate collaboration, development consistency, and value delivery across multiple teams and departments.

As the Agile Coach, you will be:
• Standing up new agile teams and providing coaching and consulting to these teams to support their development and ongoing improvement to become self-organizing, self-managing and highly functional. This includes supporting the development of the Product Owner, Scrum Master and the team by coaching on agile processes including:
• Establishing role clarity, responsibilities and delivery expectations.
• Setting up scrum processes and running ceremonies
• Challenging old norms in both business and IT processes for continuous improvement of KPIs, tools and processes.
• Promoting DevOps technical practices.
• Right-sizing governance, documentation and processes
• Coordination of ceremonies across mixed methodologies (i.e. Kanban / Scrum)
• Coordinating with other teams, facilitating preparation for Product Increment Planning, and support the Agile Release Train estimates for larger features and capabilities.
• Providing educational support to the organization on Agile principles and Scrum/ Kanban practices or any additional Agile techniques to increase the Company-wide execution, innovation and overall maturity.
• Providing 1:1 mentoring and coaching.
• Promoting Agile culture including leading teams and influencing leaders and their partners.
• Holding a leadership role within the team to help remove impediments and facilitate an environment of continuous improvement and adoption of agile/scrum practices.
• Proactively analyzing and making recommendations for improvements to existing agile organizational practices and patterns at the team level.
• Working with the Agile Transformation Office Coach to support executive agile training

Skills and Experience:
• 5+ years of experience in agile delivery / training / coaching
• Discipline expert in agile practices (Scrum, Kanban, SAFe)
• Experience in coaching and leadership skills
• Strong negotiation skills and willingness to challenge status quo
• Strong organizational change management orientation
• Strong political savvy and sensitivity to cultural diversity
• Understanding of the difference between consulting and coaching and knowing when to apply each
• Hands-on experience and previous accountability for delivery outcomes using Agile practices
• Knowledge of agile tools
• Proven ability to deliver significant improvements in self-managed Agile teams through application of coaching techniques
• Experience in DevOps is an asset
• Experience in the insurance or financial industry is an asset

• Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience
• Agile methodology training, certification preferred
• Coaching certification preferred

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