What you tell people you do
Even though my title says Agile Coach, I’m more like a Jedi master of Agile, teaching, mentoring and guiding padawan learners to not just do what I tell, but feel the agile flow in their team – and help everyone figure out a way to improve it!
Or you could say I am a sort of Galadriel of Agile that guides fellowships of agilists in Danske Bank towards destroying the evils of outdated practices and “doing it because we have to Agile” and replacing it with the most unlikely of creatures: People who care!
What you will actually do
You will join a vibrant team of agnostic agile coaches located in Denmark, Lithuania and India, working as a virtual team. You will be given your own tribes (departments) for whom you support their Agile Champions, who are organised in a Champion guild for each tribe.
Agile Champions are an agilist part-time role, where 1-2 team/squad members are trained and guided on finding ways to help their squad improve. For the Champions this can be anything from improving retrospectives, ensuring social cohesion in the squad through team building and fun, or more “hard” agile activities such as improving refinement practices, creating flow transparency in the squad, etc.
You will be the one guiding and training them, but you are never truly alone – we co-create our materials in the Self Organisation chapter, and we support each other when we run sessions for our champions.
But wait, there’s more!
We have a lot of freedom in what kind of things that we bring to the champions, or to the bank in general. Some of us are in a trainer guild, that train others in a variety of topics. Others have a lot of focus on visual thinking and are trying to bring a community together around this topic.
We also run a model that guide the entire organisation on “what does good agile look like”, that we call the Agile Squad and Tribe Insights (ASTI, we came up with the acronym first, obviously), so there is a lot of opportunity to “nerd” agile in our chapter.
And finally, but most importantly: We have fun! We joke a lot! We care about and support each other, and we care more about outcome than output.
We need you to know your stuff. It does not mean you need to have been doing Agile for 20 years and know every tip and technique that is out there, but you need to have “dirt under your finger nails” and have the war stories to prove it: The thrills of getting “it” to work, and the pains of having failed, after which you picked yourself up and kept going.
In other words, be an Agilist with a capital A, take pride in “knowing your stuff”, and have an open mindset and be willing to learn, but also willing to challenge – and never, ever put the method or technique above common sense. There is no “because the Scrum guide says so”.
Depending on your experience and knowledge, we may offer you a different seniority of the role.