AGILE COACH

About APA Insurance Limited:

APA Insurance Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Investments Limited (Apollo Group), one of the leading financial groups in East Africa.

Since our founding in 1977, our mission has been to provide present and future peace of mind to the East African market and, in turn, enhance the quality of life for both our clients and their loved ones.

About the Agile Coach Position:

As an Agile Coach you will be responsible for mentoring the key Agile roles within the digital factory, with the goal of improving the quality and efficacy with which products are developed, leveraging an Agile methodology. Agile Coaches are the conduit between the business and technology.

What Opportunities Exist at APA

  • Opportunity work in an innovative, dynamic environment with a focus on delivery
  • Opportunity to pioneer and drive the digital transformation in financial services in the region
  • A chance to work with highly motivated and skilled colleagues
  • Continuous learning and professional development opportunities with academic and professional sponsorship, mentoring opportunities to accelerate your career
  • A balanced career with a focus on wellness and sustainable lifestyle 

Key Responsibilities

The specific responsibilities of the Agile Coach include:

  • Provide ongoing facilitation and coaching that enables your team to excel at agile development
  • Facilitate discussion leading to collective decision-making, goal setting and conflict resolution across digital factory
  • Continuously seek to improve team performance by promoting joint accountability for results and solving productivity issues
  • Coaches the Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Tech Leads within digital factory to focus on delivering incremental business value while sustaining an engineering culture
  • Facilitates cross-team meetings and helps teams find innovative ways of resolving dependencies and navigating complex business and technical trade-offs.
  • Engages in problem solving sessions with team leads on how to develop long-term strategies and roadmaps which are congruent with the Agile approach
  • Conducts training sessions on the fundamentals of Agile with new team members
  • Communicates the new way of working with groups outside of digital factory
  • Engages teams of external dependencies to develop an incremental integration plan

Qualifications

As the ideal candidate for this role you have:

  • Strong experience in software design and development
  • At least 5 successfully delivered projects using Agile methodologies
  • At least 2 – 3 projects that include an end to end Agile implementation where you played the role of a Scrum Master or Tech Lead. Experience in coaching 1-3 people on each project you have delivered
  • Practical experience with any of the key disciplines required in agile delivery – such as software development or business (system) analysis
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter who is self-motivated, but also a team player with a professional presence
  • Experience applying a wide variety of well documented patterns and techniques for filling in the intentional gaps left in the Scrum approach (example: numerous Burndown techniques, numerous Retrospective formats, handling bugs, etc.) 
  • Excellent communication and mentoring skills 
  • Undergraduate Degree or equivalent experience
  • Certified Scrum Master / Agile Practitioner
  • Knowledge of Agile software development process
  • Knowledge and/or experience with widely successful Agile techniques: User Stories, TDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Paired Programming, Automated Testing, Agile Games

How to Apply

If interested, please send your CV and relevant documents to: [email protected] with Agile Coach as the subject of the email before 15th August 2019.

APA Insurance Ltd
http://www.apainsurance.org/
Nairobi, KE