Agile Coaches lead teams of developers, often implementing this new methodology for the first time, meaning that in addition to coaching they are driving organizational change. The goal of an Agile Coach is to improve teams of developers and overall project management by increasing collaboration, innovation, and introducing techniques that promote adaptability and flexibility in the face of unpredictable circumstances. In order to lead teams of developers in Agile methodology, an Agile Coach performs many different tasks.
The Agile Coach must educate employees at all levels, including senior, and at times clients, on Agile principles, providing them with tools for implementing the process in their own work. They provide training sessions and teach valuable skills that lead toward the organization-wide adoption of Agile methodologies.
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
The Agile Coach is responsible for designing a strategy for the organizational adoption of Agile. This includes every stage of adoption, 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.
Implement Agile Methodology
This task entails implementing Agile process, principles and practices across all levels and departments in an organization. The Agile Coach must use techniques that increase collaboration, predictability, transparency and promote a culture of experimentation and innovation. In order to do this, the Agile Coach must also embody the Agile principles and lead by example.
Facilitation / Training
Business process transformation (analysis, mapping, requirements)
Business process modeling
Requirements gathering and analysis
Systems and Solutions Architecture
Solution architecture (interface, system, application, and database)
Evaluation and analysis of new frameworks and tools
Creating service templates for the decomposition of monolithic applications
Application and database performance tuning
Data, information, and behavior analysis
Web services & SOA
Web application architecture
Internet architecture, standards, and services
Web standards and technologies
Enterprise security, FISMA compliance