Red Flags in Agile Coach Job Descriptions — Ignore at your own peril

The market for agile coaches is so hot right now! Everyone is in a mad rush to be agile. Moving your career to be an agile coach or switching jobs if you already are one has never been easier. But there is one catch. Many organisations have an abysmal understanding of what an agile coach should do. So you might end up at a very wrong place.

🔺 They want a project manager.

🔺They want a decorated 5-star agile coach — a Certification Junkie.

🔺They are doing something, but it ain’t Agile for sure.

Why do hiring managers do it?

If you wonder why this happens, given that you assume these hiring managers are often intelligent people who are running successful businesses. They do understand what an agile coach does and cannot do. If you link it to agile, it is easier to get budgetary approvals for positions these days. If you ask for a project manager, it might get shot down. It could get through if you ask for an agile coach, especially since you can do a beautiful slide on transformation and promise them the moon. It does not matter what the agile coach exactly does on the ground.


The Wrap

While job descriptions are where you can spot such red flags early, the interviews are also an excellent place to dig for such red flags. In some cases, they may be something not to worry about. A few clarifications in the interview and expectation management could set things straight. However, ignoring such red flags could be perilous. A little caution goes a long way in preventing heartburn later.



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