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Agile Coach/Scrum Master

Remuneration:negotiable Cost to company 
Location:Johannesburg, Sandton
Education level:Degree
Job level:Senior
Company:E-Merge IT Recruitment

To support and partner with the newly established Agile Centre of Excellence within the organisation’s structure to promote collaboration and ensure consistent application of agile best practices. Provide subject matter expertise (Agile coach) to aid the organisation in understanding, using, and internalising agile values and practices. Create and support a sustainable business agility transformation by changing both process and culture, evolving from doing agile (tactical and process-focused) to being agile (strategic and culture/mindset focused). Support the assessment of the full IT Innovation portfolio and establish a view of candidate projects that can adopt the agile approach. Assist in conducting project suitability assessments to establish fit in terms of project, team and stakeholders. Conduct skills assessment and identify agile capability/competency gaps for various roles.

  • Support the Agile Centre in driving the implementation of Agile principles and practices across the Group Technology portfolio
  • Assist in driving the Enterprise Agile transformation for the organisation
  • 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
Min requirements:
  • Knowledge of otherAgilee 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
  • 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
  • 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
If you are ready to take your career to the next level, then this may be the right opportunity for you!

Reference Number for this position is LV38852-2017 which is a permanent position based in Sandton offering a salary company negotiable on experience.

The time for change is now! e-Merge IT recruitment are specialist niche recruiters with a wide range of positions available. We offer researched positions with top companies to strong technical candidates. Email Liza on or call her on 011 463 3633 to discuss this and other opportunities.

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Posted on 12 Oct 09:31

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