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In June of 2018, GAF embarked on its Agility journey toward being a more nimble, adaptable organization. The first 12 months of this journey were about exploring what worked for the organization, and what didn't. We had some major successes launching products to market using an agile way of working and also led to several high impact internal projects to streamline and remove bureaucracy. We have been coaching-in the Scrum framework across the organization and as we get good at that, we also plan to coach-in other frameworks such as Kanban, Lean Construction, and Design Thinking.
We are now in our second year of the journey and have begun to accelerate our work. The Agile Journey Office is structured around four value propositions: 1) Accelerating teams; 2) Building Capabilities; 3) Removing bureaucracy, and 4) Driving Reach & Relevance. The purpose of the Agile Coach role will be to lead the work around accelerating our teams. As such, it is directly connected to the value-creation potential of the entire agile journey and is one of the most important roles in the Journey Office.
The Agile Coach will be an independent role working closely with our functional and enterprise leaders, as well as the Enterprise Priorities Office. Together with the VP of Business Optimization and the other stakeholders/partners, they will support the teams who are driving the work by coaching-in the right mindsets, behaviors, tools, and techniques. In addition, they will help to codify the examples of excellence they encounter in an effort to help us codify our GAF Way of Working.
70% Serves as an agile project coach to 1-2 enterprise priorities that touch multiple functions and have a substantial impact on the business. Duties include:
Assessing existing project management practices and identifying opportunities to improve effectiveness and efficiency on the project teams
Working with the teams on a daily basis to implement the effectiveness and efficiency improvements
Providing 1:1 coaching to Priority Owners, Product Owners, and Scrum Master to help them adopt agile mindsets & behaviors
Assisting the teams and Enterprise Priorities Office in removing organizational impediments identified by the project teams
30% Codifying best practice ways of working that further the GAF Way, which includes:
Attending team retrospectives and noting lessons learned in real-time
Conducting learning Design-In-A-Days at the end of each release cycle
Working with our Agile Capability Building Manager and Change Management Lead to coach-in the “Examples of Excellence” to existing training and engagement channels
LEVEL BASED COMPETENCIES:
Commitment – Not afraid to ‘get hands dirty' to accomplish the goal. No task is seen as too small if it helps the team achieve its commitments.
Entrepreneurship – The desire to expand frontiers and take initiative to get things done, especially in the face of uncertainty; a bias-to-action.
Complex problem solving – Be able to break-down large and complex problems into smaller parts and lead the team through complex problem solving
Courage – Willingness to speak truth to authority in a firm, but respectful; to have their voice heard and to question the way things have “always been done”. Embraces uncertainty and thrives on change.
Adaptability - Not being overly dependent on any one framework, but able to use multiple different frameworks to arrive at a tailored answer
Technical knowledge/skills (advanced)
Project management capabilities (e.g., work planning, stakeholder management); PMI certification preferred, but not required
Agile certification as a Scrum Master and Product Owner required
Lean certification preferred
Coaching certification preferred
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PPT) and Google Suite (Slides, Sheets, Docs)
General knowledge/skills (advanced)
Familiarity with the broader body of Agile and/or lean literature
Ability to influence without power
Great team player and problem solver
Bachelors Degree Required; Advanced degree preferred (MA, MBA)
The ideal candidate for this role must have 5+ years of industry experience and could come from any background (e.g., Operations/Ops Support, Sales/Sales Support, or Business Support Functions), but should bring with them experience both leading and coaching teams
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