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Agile Development Mentor

Bellevue, WA
Title: Agile Development Mentor
Location: Seattle Area
Openings: Multiple
Type: Contract or Contract-to-Hire
  • Serve as a senior team member, responsible for facilitating the adoption, implementation and sustainability of Agile processes, principles, and practices
  • Provide high-touch and hands-on team guidance, support, and coaching in close cooperation and collaboration across all roles and functions, to facilitate increasing maturity at a sustainable pace.
    • Change Management
    • Scaling Agile; release planning and dependency management
    • Sprint events: planning, stand-ups, refinement, reviews/demos, retrospectives
    • Impediment identification and removal
    • Persona development
    • Story mapping; road mapping and planning
    • Backlog management: definition, grooming, and prioritization
    • Story sizing and task estimation
    • Team building and communication
    • Tracking and using velocity, burndown and burnup
  • Assist team members in identifying, prioritizing and either clearing or escalating impediments
  • Provide training to Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Teams (i.e., individual and workshops)
  • Serve as an advisor to teams; leading by example and challenging the status quo
  • Perform ongoing assessments of the teams' Scrum maturity to inform ongoing support decisions
  • Cultivate Communities of Practice
  • Partner with Scrum Masters to identify and support opportunities to increase team maturity
  • Partner with Product Owners to ensure vision, roadmap and personas are well-defined and understood
  • Guide scrum masters on becoming better at facilitation and focusing teams on completing tasks
  • Help teams continuously reflect and improve, becoming more effective in their roles and increasing their predictability, collaboration, and quality practices
  • Promote environment and culture of experimentation and innovation
  • Foster a trusting environment focused on servant leadership and continuous improvement
  • Draft and maintain training materials, collect and collate feedback from training sessions
  • Ensure Agile adherence and consistency while maintaining teams' abilities to be self- directed
  • BA/BS or equivalent work experience required
  • Expert practitioner of Scrum and Lean Start Up
  • Excellent communication, facilitation and relationship building skills
  • Proven success coaching teams to adopt Agile methodologies
  • Minimum of two (2) years of real-world Scrum coaching experience, guiding at least two (2) organizations through varied challenges of Scrum adoption (5 years ideal)
  • Minimum of two (2) years as a practicing Scrum Master
  • Diverse change management experience across multiple organizations, teams, products, environments and technologies
  • Ability to facilitate discussion at all levels of the organization to resolve conflicts
  • Experience with approaches for scaling Agile (e.g., SAFe, LeSS)
  • Stays current in the Agile space as exemplified by ongoing education in Agile frameworks training, conference attendance, user group participation and self-study
  • Availability for some travel
  • Working knowledge of Agile tools (e.g., Rally, Atlassian tools -- JIRA, Confluence)
  • Working knowledge of the fundamentals of software development processes and procedures
  • Coaching experience at a Fortune 500 (large size) organization highly desirable
  • Scrum Coach Certification (CSC) preferred

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