Agile Coach, EPAM 2013-2017

Overview: coaching teams, managers and business partners to help improve the way we deliver projects, products and services.

Roles, Clients/Projects:

  • Agile Coach, Telus
    Coached team members, product owners, and managers who were mostly new to Agile; introduced them to Scrum and some elements of Kanban & Lean; worked with them (and other parts of Telus) to identify and reduce/remove impediments
    Coordinated with other coaches and transformation team, to introduce & compare various techniques and practices
    Paired with a coach based in Vancouver; shared coaching tips & learnings, to help remote / distributed teams with Agile adoption

  • Agile Ambassador, EPAM
    Organiser & facilitator of the EPAM Canada Agile Community [ongoing]

  • Agile Coach / Project Manager, Canadian Tire
    Short project to replace largely manual process with semi-automated workflow
    Worked closely with local business end-users and offshore (Ukraine) development team.
    Coaching was mostly for business team who had not worked with Agile dev teams before Introduced role of Product Owner; helped PO work with stakeholders to create product backlog, and to prioritise backlog items
    Helped PO manage backlog changes, clarifying impact of scope changes, focus on most valuable items given short timeline
    Engaged in offshore team retrospectives and facilitated joint retrospectives with dev team and PO

  • Agile Coach, enterprise Project Management Office, Canadian Tire
    Developed assessment tool; interviewed team members, PM and senior managers; recommended next steps for organisational change
    Introduced lean coffee sessions and agile book club
    Coached scrum masters, team members, and product owners on various projects as requested
    Coached ePMO team & worked with them to transition PMO processes towards more Agile / lightweight thinking

  • Agile Coach, Business Intelligence project, Canadian Tire
    Coached 3 PMs; helped them find collaborative ways to organise PM tasks as well as introducing more Scrum Master / servant leader approaches
    Coached team members, PMs & business team on Agile mindset, Scrum, and elements of Kanban & Lean
    Facilitated weekly lean coffee sessions

  • Agile Coach, Frontier project, Canadian Tire
    Coached team members, leads, PMs and product owners on Agile mindset, Scrum, and elements of Kanban & Lean
    Facilitated twice-weekly lean coffee sessions

  • Agile Coach, Merchandising projects, Canadian Tire
    Coached team members, leads, PMs and product owners on Agile mindset, Scrum, and elements of Kanban & Lean

  • Senior Agile Coach, EPAM Agile Competency Centre
    Certified as an AgilityHealth Facilitator (AHF); facilitated program-level assessment for a major client
    Remote coach for EPAM development centre in Guadalajara, Mexico
    Expert member of internal assessment panels for coaches, and on interview panels for external candidates
    Mentor to new scrum master / coach

Corporate website: EPAM.

About Paul

Agile Coach based in Toronto, Canada.
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