Agile Coach

Job Title: Agile Coach
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Scotland
Salary: £500 - £550 per day + Outside IR35
Start Date: October 2021
Reference: BBBH27840_1632387133
Contact Name: Zoe Latuszka
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 23, 2021 09:52

Job Description

Agile Coach
6 Months
£550-600 per day. Outside IR35.
Remote for the foreseeable. When the risk of COVID infection is eliminated or much reduced, we envision that many of the team and community activities will take place at our Edinburgh or Glasgow offices, for at least part of each week

An experienced Agile Coach is required to mature an existing but maturing agile department into a high performing and autonomous delivery machine. The role mission is to develop a core maturity of Value, Flow and Quality principles/practises across the department, alongside the continued nurturing of departmental cultural, which has been built upon the principles of Mission, Mastery, Purpose & Autonomy.

Experienced practitioners of Lean / Agile are required to support senior teams in ensuring:

  • Working with department Product Managers and Agile Delivery Leads, embed and mature a departmental planning, prioritisation, and delivery process, engineered around the core principles of Value, Flow and Quality
  • Working with Product Managers, support their development in stakeholder engagement, outcome defining, prioritisation techniques and criteria defining.
  • Mature the department Leadership groups agile ceremonies, where engagement and return of time investment are valued
  • Support and coach agile delivery lead, permanent staff, building towards their readiness as competent department level/cross-team coaches.
  • Support and grow our positive culture. Orientating around the core principles of Mission, Mastery, Purpose and Autonomy, you will build a mechanism to measure, analyse and improve our cultural growth.
  • Provide positive challenge to existing processes and activities
  • Support the Product Managers and Head of IT Enablement in working with and reporting to executive stakeholders. Achieve a quarterly executive reporting cadence which helps to articulate business value delivered and business value planned to be delivered.

Essential Skills

  • Agile and Lean experience
  • Deep understanding of different agile and lean approaches and supporting context, such as behaviours, governance, process and culture across portfolio management, programme and project team approaches
  • Evidence of embedding agile tools and techniques and be able to use them as needed
  • Understanding of agile product and service development. And the enablers required to cultivate an agile organisation
  • Broad understanding of product and programme management techniques
  • Deep understanding of complexity theory and the application of complexity informed practices.
  • Experience, in several different contexts, with the application of skill liquidity and capacity planning practices
  • Facilitate Agile events with staff at all levels (including C-Band and directors) ensuring objective of events are met at the conclusion
  • At least 5 years' government and/or commercial experience as an Agile or Lean coach Digital and service experience
  • An excellent understanding of good service design and delivery
  • Application of agile in operational and digital context Coaching and transformation
  • Demonstrable experience of creating lasting change towards agile and lean ways of working.
  • Proven ability to quickly assimilate organisational strategy and operating context
  • Ability to showcase relevant tools and techniques, such as coaching, advising, workshops and mentoring
  • Ability to work with leaders that are undergoing complex change, working in an iterative manner, evolving conversations and understanding how far to challenge and when
  • Excellent stakeholder management and proven ability to engage and influence all levels of seniority
  • Encourage contributions and involvement from a broad and diverse range of staff by being visible and accessible
  • Effectively manage staff and team dynamics when working across Departmental and other boundaries
  • Experience of visualising organisational, team or individual capability (such as capability, Maturity or Wardley mapping) Cultural fit
  • Ability to work as part of a team, collaborating and sharing knowledge and decision making
  • Ability to quickly win trust and coach senior leaders
  • Ability to work flexibly, the successful Coach will need to be able to work in a fluid and responsive environment
  • Ability to work in environments undergoing complex change
  • Be framework agnostic, use the right tools and techniques for the situation

Desirable Skills

  • Detailed knowledge about Registers of Scotland and its' processes.
  • Familiarity with Government Digital Services and/or SG Digital First standards