Agile Coach

21 Nov 2016
09 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced and inspiring Agile coach looking for a new challenge? As part of our overall strategy to increase flexibility and speed to market, Aviva is driving an accelerated shift to the application of Agile values and principles. This large scale Agile transformation is at different stages of maturity across departments and locations, but overall requires a significant and rapid uplift in our Agile capability and maturity. We are looking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic Agile coach to join our existing coaching team, to support and guide the organisation through the necessary practice, organisational and cultural changes. We are looking for someone who is passionate about Agile, who enjoys coaching both individuals and teams to grow and develop, and who is able to inspire people to change their beliefs and behaviours. The successful applicant will be part of a small Agile Transformation and Coaching team, distributed across multiple Aviva offices in the UK. They will play a lead role in building Agile understanding and maturity in our Bristol office, where teams are at an early stage of the Agile transformation journey. Education, mentoring and coaching, starting with the basic principles of Agile and the practical application of Scrum and Kanban, will be required. As the lead Agile coach in Bristol, the role will also involve the development of less experienced Agile coaches. Our Agile coaches work primarily with IT change delivery, assigned to specific portfolios, programmes or projects . However, as the lead Agile coach in Bristol, this role will also have a significant part to play in in leading, informing and driving wider Agile Transformation activities in Bristol. This will include Agile advocacy, thought leadership, strategy, leadership coaching, education, and acting as a cultural change agent to promote an understanding and application of Agile values and principles across the organisation. Although primarily based in Bristol, some travel to other UK locations may be required as part of the role. Duties & Responsibilities Coach and develop all levels of staff on how to implement and sustain Agile principles and practicesCoach teams facing tough challenges to improve the way they work and collaborate in a way that addresses Aviva governance needs and is aligned to Agile principlesEducate and inform change delivery stakeholders so that they understand what has changed about the way the change delivery will work and how it will affect themCoach all key stakeholders in understanding the importance of their role within Agile change deliveryFacilitate learning through workshops, meetings, forums, training, games etcAssist the teams in developing practical solutions where they find themselves constrained by situations that are not ideal for Agile development (e.g. environment constraints)Share learning to develop and support the wider coaching team and communityProvide management with timely feedback on any potential to accelerate or improve the Agile Transformation programmeProvide regular updates to the Agile Coaching Team Lead regarding project status, Agile maturity, constraints and learningAssist in the development, maintenance and delivery of Agile training materials and curriculumAssist in the ongoing development of the Aviva Agile framework, including guidelines, case studies etc Skills & Experience required Knowledge and understanding of Agile values and principles and how to apply these in a complex environmentIn depth knowledge of Scrum and KanbanA working knowledge of other Agile frameworksExcellent understanding of Agile techniques and practices, and a pragmatic approach to applying these in different circumstancesAbility to inspire individuals and teams to change and improveCoaching Agile change delivery teams to improve capability and maturityCoaching senior stakeholders to become more Agile in their approach and behavioursHands-on experience of Agile change delivery (in any role)A good understanding of software development processes and delivery/project management tools and techniquesAwareness of Agile case studies, examples, literature etc.Experience of developing and running training and workshop activities, particularly for senior leadershipExcellent communication, influencing and facilitation skillsStrong stakeholder management and political awarenessStrong collaborative working skills We prefer all applications to be submitted online, however if you require an alternative method of applying please contact Saima in the Resourcing team on .