Wrecking Agile For $40 per hr


I’m sure most of us in the Agile space have had the call from an off-shore office with a job request for an Agile Coach or something resembling it.  It usually gets mixed up in some crazy Wagafall or Wagile way.

Today I got the best or maybe the worst ever from a company called Mastech Holdings, a churn and burn staffing company.  It was for an Agile Coach in Hartford contacting to Accenture for Cigna.  I’ve cut and paste the email.  I’ve put the offered rate at the bottom.  This type of recruiter is one of the biggest problems facing Agile today.  I’ve worked with some of these supposed ‘Agile Coaches’ and it’s a disaster that hurts the whole discipline and skill set.  Certification from dubious online companies, fake resumes and questionable ethics.

There are hundreds of the emails that go out every week for the churn and burn shops usually from off-shore with unrealistic pay scales.  You get what you pay for.

The end customer gets a cheap price and 100’% of the time gets a train wreck that fails to get Agile off the ground.

Here’s the email.  Read and weep:

Dear Richard,
This is Inderpreet from Mastech Inc.
We are working on a number of exciting opportunities and are eager to talk with you and see if Mastech is the right fit. We value your time and would like to learn more about your skills, experience, and career aspirations.
Below is some information about an immediate opportunity for which you might be interested. Please contact me at your earliest convenience so that we can have an initial discussion and go from there.  
Job Title: Agile Coach
Location: HARTFORD , CT
Duration : 8+ Months
Critical components of this role include detailed knowledge of the application of Agile practices and principles and experience with metrics to effectively measure: execution, performance, benefits and value. This position requires deep knowledge and experience with Agile and the ability to inspect and adapt thinking/ practices to various situations.
Responsibilities include:
– Coaching stakeholders such as Release Train Engineers, Product Management, Epic Owners at the program level
-Standing up the program layer of initiatives (i.e., Agile Release Trains) and for providing agile coaching, training, and implementation
-Using the Agile CoE assets such as agile training, playbooks, assessments, etc.
-Coaching teams on how to set up and leverage Agile project management tool (Rally) for epic/feature/stories and inward and outward reporting
-Support Community of Practice (CoP) by actively engaging and contributing to best practices
-Act as an enterprise evangelist of agile ceremonies, practices and values 
If you are interested in learning more about the above position, please respond at your earliest convenience, along with an updated resume.  It would be very helpful if you could provide the following information to aid in the process;
Current Location:
Contact number:
Currently on project (Yes/No):
If Yes then reason for change:
Availability to join new contract:
Ready to relocate to client site (if not local):
Work Authorization Status:
Current Pay rate:
Expected Pay rate (W2/1099/C2C):
Regards,Inderpreet SahotaTechnical Recruiter( 877.884.8834 Extension 2226 Mastech, Inc.,1305 Cherrington Parkway,Building 210, Suite 400, Moon Township, PA 15108( 877.884.8834 X 2226 ; 412.200.1197 Extn – 2226| e-Mail: Inderpreet.sahota@mastech.com
About Mastech (NYSE MKT: MHH): Mastech is a trusted talent partner for IT staffing, matching IT professionals with new opportunities and companies with the talent they need to grow.
Please consider the environment and do not print this email unless absolutely necessary.

The offered rate $40 per hour all inclusive.

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