Agile coaches are corporate trainers who interact with employees on-site to ensure the most effective execution of corporate standards. These "coaches" are typically employed to make ambitious improvements to motivation, skills, or social fluency in workers, and many also have public profiles before being hired. This position primarily involves indoor work and is fit for those with extraordinary social skills and the ability to boost morale.
There are three varieties of coaches with more defined subsets of expertise: technical coaches work with developers and should be familiar with coding and integration; process/management coaches provide guidance in leadership and implementation; and non-directive coaches provide individualized help for people trying to solve various private problems.
This position is often temporary, though some companies choose to hire resident agile coaches while most in this position leave a team after significant progress has been made. Corporations which employ agile coaches are usually in the technology and innovation sectors, where a little coaching goes a long way in maximizing efficiency and team spirit.
Agile coaches generally hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and work for a few years as a scrum master or equivalent. For those new to the profession, there are agile coaching institutes which specialize in preparing individuals for this position. The agile coach is a level up from the agile team facilitator (scrum master) and is more expert in teaching, mentoring, and facilitating, and many agile coaches ultimately aspire to become enterprise agile coaches.
Agile Coach Tasks
Coach agile teams in various agile methodologies.
Develop and establish agile standards and provide necessary training as required.
Guide the team in using agile best practices to initiate software improvements and increase productivity.
Help train the customer's team in execution of agile processes and ideals.