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Release Train Engineer (RTE)
Ref No.: 17-00001
Location: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Position Type:Contract
Experience Level: 8 Years
Start Date: 01/09/2017
Job Description:
 
The Release Train Engineer will be responsible for leading the agile transformation and for the successful execution of one or more value streams (Release Trains) to support the delivery of strategic technology products. The RTE is a hybrid role that properly balances agile leadership and program management to help software development teams build and deliver solutions more efficiently.  This role will heavily leverage the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to drive agile delivery within the release train.
 
This position requires individuals who have previously been successful Scrum Masters and/or Agile Coaches on highly distributed teams, have led Agile/Scrum adoption in the past, and have experience in software delivery as well as those who can drive and influence change and effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.  Applicants should have experience leading teams and people from a human resources and career development perspective as this position has potential for direct reports.
 Release Train Engineer Competencies:
Key Responsibilities:
  • Act as execution lead closely partnering with the Product Manager & IT Delivery Owner to guide one agile release train
  • Establish program level cadence and drive program level ceremonies (e.g. PI Planning, Product Management Council, Scrum of Scrums, release train retrospectives, HIP Sprint)
  • Work with other program leaders to drive the definition and refinement of the program backlog
  • Provide leadership, direction, and coaching to scrum teams and Scrum Masters
  • Ensure cross-value stream coordination and collaboration
  • Serve as an escalation for impediment removal for the Scrum Masters and scrum teams
  • Maintain metrics that provide visibility to stakeholders on program-level plans, progress and quality
  • Facilitate alignment dependencies between the program team and third parties, release managers, or between the team and other Scrum Teams
  • Foster a team collaborative environment that tears down silos between groups  – act in a single voice
  • Actively contribute to the company's Agile and Lean Community through participation in the internal Agile Community of Practice and Scrum Master Forums
  • Develop, coach, and mentor team members to advance their skills and career
  • Provide real time feedback to the methodology team based on experiences with software delivery teams
  • Work cross functionally to align strategy, methodology and execution
  • Be a change agent and foster a "learn by doing” environment
 
Required:
  • 8+ years of IT experience
  • 3+ years of experience as a Scrum Master, Product Owner or Agile Coach
  • 3+ years Project Management experience
  • 2+ years of leading people from an HR perspective
  • 2+ years of experience working on large scale, multiple scrum team projects
  • 2+ years of experience working on mixed methodology program (Scrum interfacing with Waterfall from a dependency perspective)
  • Experience acting as a Scrum Master for multiple scrum teams
  • Experience with Agile Management tools (e.g. Rally, JIRA, Version One)
  • Familiarity with common Agile practices, service-oriented environments, and better development practices
  • Knowledge of SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) structure and theories
  • Understanding of basic fundamentals of iterative development
  • Understanding of fundamentals of software development processes and procedures
  • Understanding of backlog tracking, Burndown metrics, velocity, and task definition
  • Understanding of incremental delivery and the value of metrics
  • Excellent English communication skills in written and spoken form
  • Bachelor's Degree in an IT related field
Preferred:
  • Agile / Scrum Industry Certification(s)
  • SAFe Certification(s)
  • Project Management Industry Certification(s)
  • Lean Methodology Certification(s)
  • Experience with Rally
  • Experience with SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) implementation and delivery
  • Healthcare experience
  • Experience with various Testing techniques such as Test Driven Development and Behavior driven testing.
  • Experience and understanding of Service Oriented Architecture and Frameworks (service layer isolation)
  • Experience and understanding of Front End User Experience and Front End Development technologies such as HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Understanding of other processes and methodologies and ability to speak intelligently about them and leverage other techniques to provide value to the program/enterprise
  • Understanding of the value of commitments to delivery made by a development team
  • Participation in industry Agile communities of practice