NiSource IT Agile Coach in Columbus, Ohio

This role will work closely with the VP of Applications, IT Leadership and project delivery teams responsible for successfully leading the implementation of Agile methodology and driving the related organizational change. NiSource is transforming its technology delivery practices to leverage agile frameworks, principles and tools. This transformation is expected to improve the outcomes of our IT investments by: Increasing agility and time to value; Improving quality, security and resiliency; Increasing delivery and operational efficiency; and Strengthening business collaboration, ownership and partnership.This role will ensure all Agile values and principles are followed, and will take on the responsibility of a coach or facilitator while serving the team and eliminating obstacles. The goal of the Agile Coach is to improve teams of developers and overall project management by increasing collaboration and innovation and introducing techniques that promote adaptability and flexibility. This individual must be a servant leader and able to work collaboratively with others by building and maintaining good working relationships throughout the organization.

Must have expert knowledge of Agile Practices, Values and Principles

Accountable for educating leaders, employees and contractors at all levels on the Agile methodology and best practices and creating and driving an Agile adoption strategy

Responsible for driving the development and continuous improvement of Agile tools and templates

Accountable for leading / motivating / partnering with a team of cross-functional members who may have varying levels of Agile experience and building an environment of trust and collaboration

Ensure Agile ceremonies are followed including sprint planning, daily standups, sprint reviews, retrospectives, etc. and regularly occur

Responsible for ensuring that product planning and backlog grooming take place

Responsible for leading the estimating and sizing efforts

Capable of partnering with the product owner/business partners to co-create value and communicate with all levels of stakeholders

Responsible for evangelizing NiSources Agile transformation throughout the organization and teaches Scrum to the team; ensure the team adheres to Agile values and Scrum Practices

Motivate and coach the team; guide the team to self-organization, continuous improvement and cross-functionality and coach the team in modern development practices

Ability to identify and avoid or remove impediments by actively monitoring risks, escalate issues or concerns when appropriate to ensure business and project objectives are met

Responsible for creating dashboard and metrics to report and manage health as well as providing routine communication and updates to senior leadership and management

Other duties assigned by management

Bachelors Degree or equivalent work experience

Minimum 5 - 7+ years of technology project management experience and a minimum of 5 years of experience as a practicing Agile Coach

Agile Coach Certification highly preferred

Strong familiarity and adherence to core Agile values and principles

Evidence of ability to lead, guide, and coach agile teams

Strong teaming skills, collaboration, negotiation, communication, organizational, people management and conflict resolution skills

Experience working closely with service providers

Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

Additional Information (optional):

Utility experience

Experience with other Agile/Lean practices (e.g., Kanban)

Experience in software development

Knowledge / experience using testing tool like HP ALM and Agile development tools like JIRA

Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others perspectives/convictions, engaging others opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.Treat others with respect and consideration. Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.

NiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.By applying, you may be considered for other job opportunities.

Job Family: Information Technology