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Director of Business Agility - Agile Coach

Company: Nexient
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: January 20, 2023

Job Description:

About your future teamNexient is on a mission: To rid the world of crappy software, one sprint at a time.Every day, our 1000+ Agile developers, designers, and strategists empower each other to find passion in our work while we innovate the world. This culture of teamwork and curiosity is fueled by a product-minded approach to our work, crafting extraordinary custom software solutions and growing careers along the way.Our clients range from some of America's favorite brands in retail, healthcare, financial services to fast-emerging disruptors - You might have read about us in the NY Times. We're also recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor, HFS Hot Vendor, and America's leading 100% U.S. Agile software services partner.If you're looking to change the trajectory of your career, make an impact on Day One, develop custom software on the best technology around - and maybe even make people's lives easier -- then you belong here, with us.Role & Responsibilities:Mentor & Educate - Mentor & educate colleagues including other coaches Agile practitioners, software team members, product owners, business stakeholders, etc. - Base mentoring on best practices as well as practical approaches to what will work best for the team, train, and/or client - Coach teams which may be at different levels of Agile maturity - Run workshops as needed on topics such as specific ceremonies, story decomposition, road mapping, etc.Training - Assess areas where training maybe needed for the team and/or stakeholders - Develop and/or customize standard Nexient materials to address needs - Customize standard SAFe training materials with client relevant examples, as necessary - Facilitate and conduct trainingFacilitate Team Success - Facilitate team process (Scrum, Kanban, etc.) - Assess current state and identify opportunities for improvement and transparency based on practices that are pragmatically align with the organizations specific constraints and opportunities while remaining true to the Agile Manifesto. - As a mentor, the Agile Coach is responsible for guiding teams into the Agile methodology, providing employees with feedback and means of improvement, catalyzing organizational growth and answering questions. They provide hands-on support to all employees, collaborating with people across widely varying levels and roles, leading teams toward further understanding and adoption of Agile as well as overall company growth and improvement.Develop Agile Adoption Strategy - Working with the key stakeholders, participate and possibly facilitate organizational adoption strategy design and implementation, from the introduction of Agile and employee education, to fostering teams and cultures that practice Agile, to sustaining Agile methodologies and continually offering strategies for improvement.Required Experience:

  • 10+ years of consulting experience with a focus in the Agile environment
  • 10+ years of business operations experience in one or more of the following (e.g., invoicing, SOW, margins, utilization)
  • 10+ years of experience in management of program management processes and standards using Agile, SAFe, Lean, and WaterfallPreferred Skills:
    • Demonstrated experience in showing high EQ (empathy, self-awareness, motivation, self-regulation, and social skills) across organizations
    • Experience as an Agile Transformation Leader collaborating with Agile and non-Agile (external) teams
    • Outstanding relationship management skills to work with personnel at Executive levels
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills to audiences of all levels, including client-facing skills
    • Experience with recruiting and building out teams; experienced management with a strong history of mentoring others
    • Experience in understanding business context and providing value-added outcomes
    • Experience in understanding technology and industry trends and ability to recommend relevant solutions to clients
    • Ability to facilitate and lead meetings to reach conclusions, identify tasks, record actions, and achieve results
    • Ability to lead, train, and provide feedback to staff and corresponding managers
    • Experience leading effective collaboration across a team of project managers focusing on different functional areas for the same project
    • Expert using Agile project & program management tools (Jira, Jira Align, Azure Dev Ops (TFS) , VersionOne, Rally, etc.)
    • SAFe Program Consultant (SPC5) Certification (or another enterprise Agile certification)
    • Ability to work different U.S. time zones
    • Up to 25% travel in 2022, subject to change in 2023Recommended Certification(s):
      • PfMP- PMI Portfolio Management Professional
      • SAFe LPM - Scaled Agile Framework Lean Portfolio Management ProfessionalWhy NexientAs a vital member of our Engineering Practice, you will be part of one of our 100+ small cross-functional teams working side by side with some of the most talented developers, UX designers, analysts, quality engineers, and product managers out there.From Silicon Valley to Ann Arbor, Columbus, and beyond - a career with Nexient will offer you:Remote, hybrid, or onsite opportunities:Here,you decide the work arrangement that best suits your needs and preferences.Fulfilling and challenging projects:You will be exposed to different scenarios, multiple types of clients, and the most complex business and technology initiatives.Access to the most cutting-edge technologies:You're always going to be advancing your skillset by learning and working with the newest and most relevant technologies available out there.A positive and passionate culture:Boring and divided aren't in our vocabulary. In fact, it's amazing to see how, despite our exponential growth, the Nexient culture and community stay as warm, diverse, and close as ever.Plenty of opportunities for you to explore and grow:We will empower you to dream as big as you want and support you to make your career what YOU want it to be.Creative runway:We take pride in encouraging our people to question the status quo.Our benefits program includes: -Medical, dental, and vision coverage -Generous PTO, plus holidays -401(k) plan -Life insurance and short-term & long-term disability -Maternity leave -Employee Assistance Program -Flexible spending accounts -Health savings accountNexient is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants without regarding to race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, physical or mental disability, veteran or marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for all employees. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please inform your recruiter so that we may connect you with the appropriate team.

Keywords: Nexient, Ann Arbor , Director of Business Agility - Agile Coach, Executive , Ann Arbor, Michigan

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