The Agile Release Train Engineer (RTE) plans and facilitates the Agile Release Train (ART) events and processes through the preparation, planning, execution, and learning cycles to help maximize value delivery. The RTE works closely with the ART business owners, product managers, system architects, and others to lead and optimize the flow of value the ART delivers. The RTE coaches, guides, and supports all levels of the ART using metrics and tools to ensure performance visibility and transparency.
Coaches and guides the Agile Release Train
Establishes and communicates the annual calendars for Iterations and Program Increments (PIs)
Facilitates PI planning readiness and facilitates the PI planning event
Summarizes Team PI Objectives into Program PI Objectives and publishes them for visibility and transparency
Assists in tracking the execution of features
Facilitates periodic synchronization meetings, including the ART (Agile Release Train) sync at the Program Level
Assists with economic decision-making by facilitating feature and capability estimation by teams and the roll-up to Epics
Helps manage risks and dependencies; escalates and tracks impediments
Provides input on resourcing to address critical bottlenecks
Encourages collaboration between teams and System and Solution Architects/Engineer
Work the Product Management, Product Owners, and other stakeholders to help ensure strategy and execution alignment
Improves the flow of value through value streams by improving and assessing DevOps and Release on Demand competency
Helps drive the Learn User Experience (UX) innovation cycle
Works with the Agile Program Management Office (APMO) on program execution and operational excellence
Understands and operates within Lean Budgets and ensure adherence to Guardrails
Facilitates System Demos and Solution Demos
Drives relentless improvement; assesses the agility level of the ART and helps them improve
This position description identifies the responsibilities and tasks typically associated with the performance of the position. Other relevant essential functions may be required.
Bachelor's degree required in computer science or related field. Master's degree preferred, Agile and/or Portfolio Certification or progress towards certification is highly preferred and encouraged. Continuous learning through certifications, classes, public speaking engagements, etc., as defined by the Company's learning philosophy, is required.
Minimum seven years relevant IT experience in managing multiple information systems projects. 5 years of experience in an agile / scrum environment with a demonstrated appreciation for large enterprise standards and experience working in a mature Scaled Agile environment using SAFe concepts and metrics as well as experience leading large teams and portfolios of work. Knowledge of Insurance and Financial industry preferred.
SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES (SKA) REQUIRED:
Ability to mentor junior team members with less experience
Ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with diverse leaders
Ability to communicate and influence across business and technical domains, and across all levels of the organization
Proven experience managing effective governance in the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and/or other agile methodology framework
Dynamic public speaking capabilities in front of large groups.
Experience overseeing enterprise and large budget initiatives
Ability to communicate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences
Strong ability to design and implement dashboards; ability to analyze data and present it in a way that tells a story
Comfortable with ambiguity and can handle the unexpected with flexibility
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
Ability to work with a collaborative approach and build trust with others
Comfortable working in a matrixed organization
Well versed with Scaled Agile Framework's Portfolio Management methodology
Proficient knowledge of Agile/DevOps/Program Mgmt. Lifecycle methodologies and standards
Excellent written and verbal communication and analytical skills
Experience working in a geographically distributed and culturally diverse work-group
Knowledge and experience using PPM tools, Jira, Confluence, MS Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Visio
Work is performed in an office and setting with no unusual hazards. Travel is required.
The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimal skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this position description.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity is valued, and we will not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form. Candidates for the position stated above are hired on an "at will" basis. Nothing herein is intended to create a contract.