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Agile Coach – GERMAN SPEAKING – FREELANCE – BERLIN

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Published
25/07/2017
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Description

Agile Advisor - Berlin

Overview

As an Agile Advisor, you would be involved in leading agile implementation and transformation projects at Fortune 500 companies.  You would be a core member of the consulting team with responsibilities that range from shaping strategic product designs to managing and transforming agile teams.

 

Further Description

Our client combines unparalleled business knowledge with a world-class agile development process to offer distinctive support for enterprise IT enablement. Their highly skilled system architects and development managers configure software packages and build custom applications, creating the foundation for rapid and cost-effective implementation of systems that maximize value from day one.

Despite being part of a large, multinational organization, our client works more like a small startup company. Their development teams are small, flexible and employ agile methodologies to quickly provide their consultants with the solutions they need. They combine the latest open source technologies together with traditional Enterprise software products.

The office culture is casual, fun and social, with an emphasis on education and innovation. There is the freedom to try new ideas, experiment and to be constantly learning and growing. There is also a strong emphasis on mentoring others in the group, enabling them to grow and learn.

Their consultants engage on some of the most challenging business problems facing the clients.  These projects can range from rapid process re-inventions at leading financial institutions to ‘big data’ analytics at large scale retail organizations.  In each situation, their Agile Advisors are typically at the center of the problem solving, advising our most senior clients on how to successful execute on their strategic vision using a world class agile approach.

Experience:

The ideal Agile Advisors is typically versed in the product, process and technology aspects of the agile approach.  He/she is a practitioner in all aspects of the scrum process in agile, which include planning poker, running daily stand-up, conducting sprint reviews and facilitating retrospectives.  He/she would also be proficient in all aspects of the agile deliverables required for a technology team to build beautiful software.  This includes hands on development of storyboards, wireframes, product backlog, user stories and acceptance criteria.  Lastly, the individual would also have a strong understanding of key agile engineering practices to guide senior client IT leaders on improvement opportunities in their engineering practices.

Key candidate attributes:

Our client is looking for an Agile Advisor that is multifaceted and has a real passion for agile software development and driving change in people and organizations.  Typical candidates are evangelists in the agile community that regularly publishes papers, speaks at conferences and contributes to agile interest groups.  Despite multiple years of experience leading agile teams, the individual is still an active learner and is excited about driving change and continuous improvements using agile.  The individual is passionate about being a change agent and can strike the balance between ‘doing’ and ‘teaching’ to effective build our client capabilities in Agile.

Desired Skills

Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Business or equivalent degree
  • Minimum of 4-6 years of experience leading agile projects as a product owner and/or scrum master
  • Strong command of German and English language (both verbal and written)

 

Agile experience:

  • Experience as both a team member and coach in the agile product owner and/or scrum master roles
  • Experience with building consumer quality products, enabling business capability and objectives through technology
  • Knowledge and understanding of technical engineering best practices (e.g., test driven development, continuous integration, etc.)
  • Proficient with drawing storyboards, creating wireframes, creating/‘grooming’ product backlogs, writing user stories and developing acceptance criteria
  • Experience with running and teaching agile in a workshop or classroom setting (preferred)
  • Relentless prioritization and alignment with business and IT stakeholders to ensure highest value capture
  • Excellent project manager that can plan 2-3 steps ahead of the team and surface hidden risks 2-3 levels deep within the team

 

Non-technical competencies:

  • Ability to work at an abstract level and continuously ‘pivot’ to arrive at the highest impact answer for the client
  • Enjoys and gets energized by complex problem solving and ability to push the innovation on solutions
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage client expectations effective and not get overwhelmed by client pressures on team
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to influence senior client business and IT executives on transforming towards agile
  • Excellent leadership skills and enjoys teaching/mentoring others
  • Ability to move between strategic discussions with senior client leaders to tackle on the ground agile coaching with teams
  • Willing to travel up to 80%
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