Agile Coach and Frontend Developer (m/w/d)
Crystal is an analytics software product for clinical trial operation that visualizes complex operational clinical trial data. It provides transparency and monitoring into BI clinical trial performance.
Crystal is developed using an Agile methodology, a blend of scrum and Kanban.
Background to the assignment
The product aims to visualize complex data stories in compelling ways, utilizing data visualization and data storytelling best practices in graphs, charts, infographics, dashboards, and geographic visualization techniques.
A core aspect of this methodology is that all people who are involved in a product development endeavor are self-sufficient and do not follow any instructions. The steps and ways of how overarching goals are achieved can be defined by the contractor independently and individually. This special combination of know-how is not available in the company. Due to this special combination of know-how, the external Contractor will have an outstanding position compared to the internal project staff and will perform significantly different services than the internal staff.
- Coaching the team to enact and adhere to Agile values, principles, and practices via sprints and 1:1. The coaching is based on the contractor’s experience in an Agile Coach capacity.
- Driving transparency regarding work packages, responsibilities, and product development flow within the team by asking questions in the agile rituals to ensure that everybody understands the motivation and current expectation of the agile team. If the coach or the team feel that there are still open questions, it is the job of the agile coach to continue encouraging conversations inside of the rituals.
- Improving the self-organization of the team, within the direction given by the What and Why of the higher intent as described by Product Owner and Management, and the boundaries of the target operating model (“aligned autonomy”). The improvements will be written down and followed up upon at the retrospective.
- Managing product development flow on the level of the individual product and/or a sub-portfolio. This will be tracked in Jira and Confluence.
- Removing impediments by encouraging the team to take over the activity, and protecting the team from outside interference through addressing the interference among the involved parties and drawing their attention to Agile values and principles. If the team cannot handle impediments on their own, or in case of continued outside interference, provide a solution through the identification, briefing and consulting the key stakeholders: lower and/or middle management within CD&O of other functions and units at BI (or external vendors).
- Preparing and Planning face-to-face and virtual team events as required by the product team. This includes regular team- and multi-team events such as review and planning meetings and retrospectives as well as workshops (Design Thinking) and bootcamps. The Agile Coach will organize and attend the meetings with the team and all relevant stakeholders of the Product Team. This may require the development of an agenda and workshop materials such as handout, presentations, and design thinking activity ecouragement. This includes the agile rituals, plus adhoc requests for f2f meetings, which will not occur more often than every 3 weeks on average.
- Keeping abreast of and identifying trends in latest developments of Agile and other approaches to complex product development, in particular in the pharma industry and data science, turning derived insights into effective, efficient, and inspection-ready practices and frameworks (incl. external collaboration) in order to increase product development speed and product value.
- The above mentioned activities will be documented in Jira and Confluence as well as other applications used within the scope of the team work like Klaxoon, Mural, Figma, and other such applications.
- All tasks and results will be documented in Jira/Confluence
- Utilizing git for version control and performing code reviews along with paired programming in order to create a robust code with low tech debt.
- Maintaining docker images to facilitate the CI/CD enabled git repository and troubleshoot a Jenkins workflow with a Jenkinsfile.
- Creating automated testing to include unit as well as functional testing.
- Perform code review on pull requests and participate in paired programming activities.
- Plan, execute, and review the sprint goals and tasks with the team according to the sprint cycles.