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Senior Agile Coach

Company: Apex Systems
Location: Virginia Beach
Posted on: October 12, 2019

Job Description:

Job Description

Job #: 1004941

Senior Agile Coach

Remote capabilities

The Agile Coach will guide project delivery teams within the Health Payer Segment through coaching and mentoring.

As an Agile coach, you will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of agile based activities and leading the development project team to implement iterative releases driven by the program.

The Agile Coach will provide 'change agent' leadership in the area of agile best practices and transformation for the teams and requires hands-on coaching experience in Agile frameworks, specifically Scrum, SAFe and Kanban.

You will lead the coaching of multiple, distributed teams and be responsible for leading Agile transformation at a program/portfolio level. Your role includes direct coaching and support to projects. You will coach Managers, Scrum Masters, and team members towards performing at their highest level and transitioning away from waterfall processes. Experience with CMMI High Maturity practices desirable.

Success will be measured through achieving our goals with the behaviors exhibited by practitioners from across the enterprise: Deliver Outcomes, Work as a Team, Build Strong Partnerships, and Strive for Excellence.


  • Provide agile leadership, coaching and education to the enterprise technology delivery capabilities for the enablement of effective scrum masters, scrum development teams, product owners, and other enabled scaled roles to ensure successful delivery of continuous business value
  • Influence leadership and management teams within our delivery practices, including business and other supporting functional areas which engage with technology teams on agile principles, practices and tools
  • Drive adoption of the new delivery model and agile practices across the enterprise (multiple initiatives at one time)
  • Cultivate a transparent environment where people learn new things, try them out, and help find better ways to do things
  • Stay abreast of new Agile techniques, methods, strategies and communicate to leadership
  • Demonstrate thought leadership by engaging with enterprise through speaking, learning forums, blogging, etc.
  • Help teams develop and implement practices and metrics that track effective and efficient delivery for continuous improvement
  • Provide Agile coaching to teams on all aspects of Agile project management framework, with a strong focus on Scrum practices. This includes working in a hands-on manner with the teams, as well as in a consultant model. Experienced in coaching towards the implementation and execution of Agile in an environment where individuals are unfamiliar with the methodology

      • Demonstrated ability to mentor scrum teams on agile practices (processes, tools, artifacts and ceremonies), assisting the team to self-organize, leading the team towards a path of continuous improvement

        • Familiarity with quality management, organizational development, and agile principles
        • Ability to work across all levels of the organizations and within matrixed environments

          • Embrace servant leadership and embody the qualities and mindsets that are associated with agile methods.
          • Coach teams and management towards improving agile processes and metrics. Help with new Scrum team setup or evaluate and mentor existing Scrum teams. Deliver training classes as part of coaching for roles including product owners, developers and testers.
          • Enable the continual improvement of software development projects. This includes better predictability of scheduling, improvement of productivity, emphasis for quality of delivery commitments.
          • Develop and evaluate team metrics and make recommendations to teams and management for improvements.
          • Capture feedback and continuously improve Agile guidance, training materials and content.
          • Guide the organization towards Agile maturity by organizing workshops and presentations.
          • Bring disclosure and transparency to the business and earn the trust of the stakeholders.
          • Participate in Agile knowledge communities; continuously share and improve related practices and knowledge.


            Overall 10+ years of IT experience

            • Experience with the transformation of Waterfall to Agile large scale organizations
            • Experience with creating Agile roadmap for the transformation of Waterfall to Agile
            • Experienced with SAFe methodology.
            • Experienced with Scrum Methodologies
            • Experience with the team operating from multiple locations
            • Experience with creating a roadmap for large scale agile transformation from Waterfall to Agile
            • Healthcare/Medicare knowledge is an added advantage
            • Certified Agile Coach

              Required qualifications to be successful in this role

              • 8+ years in the use of Agile methodologies and supporting tools
              • 3+ years working in an Agility training/coaching role with exposure to large organizational transformations -

                Must have enterprise-level Agile and organizational change management experience

                • Solid background utilizing an Agile framework (e.g. Scrum, Extreme Programming, Kanban, SAFe) in software development
                • Solid oral, written, and presentation skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills
                • Experience with independently transitioning software teams to a variation of Agile process.
                • Experience coaching and mentoring software teams on Agile process transitions.
                • Experience in creating and delivering Agile training/workshop
                • Able to handle conflict resolution well, facilitating discussion and alternatives of different approaches
                • Project management experience within Agile software development teams and environments
                • Solid software development and delivery background

                  EEO Employer

                  Apex Systems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate or allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, genetic information, registered domestic partner status, marital status, disability, status as a crime victim, protected veteran status, political affiliation, union membership, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at 844-463-6178-6178.

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