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Agile Coach

Company: National Indemnity Company
Location: Omaha
Posted on: November 25, 2022

Job Description:

Company: NICO National Indemnity Company As a member of the Berkshire Hathaway group of insurance companies, we offer outstanding opportunities for professionals interested in working with a successful company. We offer unparalleled financial strength, stability and "large company" benefits, in addition to an exciting, friendly, "small company" atmosphere. Serves as Agile Coach responsible for designing, implementing, training, coaching, and documentation of Agile methodology. Provides support at every stage of Agile evolution, from the introduction of Agile methodologies to employees, to fostering teams and cultures that practice Agile, to sustaining Agile methodologies across the organization. Shares responsibility with department leadership for the evolution of the maturity of the Agile teams. The Agile Coach works with employees across widely varied levels and roles of our organization and identifies, recommends, and collaborates on strategies for improvement. Required Knowledge: Bachelor's degree Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), or Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Knowledge of Agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, etc.) Knowledge of software development practices and procedures Experience working in application lifecycle management tools such as DevOps, JIRA, or Rally 7-10 years related work experience 3-5 years as a Scrum Master Preferred Knowledge: Experience with business analysis or project management Familiarity with continuous delivery and continuous integration Insurance industry and product knowledge Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Coach Serves as Agile Coach responsible for designing, implementing, training, coaching, and documentation of Agile methodology. Provides support at every stage of Agile evolution, from the introduction of Agile methodologies to employees, to fostering teams and cultures that practice Agile, to sustaining Agile methodologies across the organization. Shares responsibility with department leadership for the evolution of the maturity of the Agile teams. The Agile Coach works with employees across widely varied levels and roles of our organization and identifies, recommends, and collaborates on strategies for improvement. 2. Management Manages a team of Scrum Masters that serve our Agile teams. Interviews job candidates, initiates or recommends personnel actions including hiring, promotions, transfers, discharges, disciplinary methods, performance appraisals, salary adjustments, and staffing levels. Onboards, coaches, and mentors Scrum Masters to maintain consistency. 3. Agile Education and Training Provides support, education, and training to Agile teams and new employees in applying Agile Scrum and Kanban principles. Mentor Agile teams or individuals on techniques such as estimation, planning, story mapping, burndown/up charts, etc. Share techniques and skills necessary to support greater collaboration, improved technical excellence, increased quality and overall improvement at the team level. Guides teams and stakeholders through the implementation and consistent use of Agile methodologies. Help facilitate portfolio planning, resource planning and scrum of scrums. Assists Scrum Masters in various activities including release planning, conducting Agile ceremonies, removing impediments, etc. In conjunction with team leadership, assesses the team's maturity in understanding and adopting Agile skills and methodologies. Provides coaching and feedback to team members and stakeholders, as needed, in order to improve understanding and implementation of the Agile process. 4. Communication and Collaboration Accountable for creating and maintaining open communication among the Agile teams to foster a collaborative environment. Demonstrate the value of Agile methods through clear communication. Facilitates discussions leading to collective decision-making, goal setting and conflict resolution with the leadership of the teams. Supports the teams in staying focused on agreed upon work initiatives and timelines. Promotes joint accountability for results and solving issues that arise amongst teams. Responsible for communication with other business and technical teams in order to facilitate overall delivery of business objectives amongst Agile teams. 5. Impediments Encourages timely removal of impediments at the team level and assists in removal of department impediments to delivery through the proactive management of external dependencies, team problem solving and the development of new solutions or approaches to ongoing challenges. 6. Metrics and Reporting Creates and monitors overall metrics for teams to learn where improvements can be made. These include cycle time, throughput, and velocity, as well as overarching metrics. Prepare and present overall reports across the Agile teams to department leadership. Identifies relevant process and tool improvement opportunities. 7. Continuous Improvement Promotes a collaborative team environment that fosters creativity and innovation. Works with Scrum Masters to promote continuous improvement and learning of Agile processes. Additional Duties and Responsibilities: 8. Performs related duties as directed or as situation dictates such as participating in other activities, projects, and initiatives as required. Skills: Strong facilitation skills Strong interpersonal skills including conflict resolution skills Excellent oral and written communication skills with all levels of the organization Ability to explain and defend a view point and persuade others to a defined position Ability to prioritize work objectives and goals Abilities: Learn quickly Work independently Work well with others Work with remote team members Respond well to demands on time and resources Identify problems and make decisions, train personnel, and organize workflow Maintain confidentiality Delegate, plan, prioritize, and meet deadlines Design and use computer programs to analyze data A comprehensive benefits package is available for regular, full-time employees, including health, vision, dental, life and disability insurance as well as a 401(k) with company match. We also proudly offer 100% upfront tuition reimbursement to regular, full-time employees, to further your education. Our Omaha office boasts a complimentary state-of-the-art, on-site gym, a robust wellness program, low-cost downtown parking, and numerous volunteer and networking opportunities with other emerging professionals.

Keywords: National Indemnity Company, Omaha , Agile Coach, IT / Software / Systems , Omaha, Nebraska

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