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Release Train Engineer

Company: Yoh, A Day & Zimmermann Company
Location: Charlotte
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:


  • The Release Train Engineer is responsible for guiding multiple scrum teams through the use of Agile / Scrum practices and values for the purpose of delivering quality software and solutions to the organization. This role is responsible for conducting Scrum of Scrum or SAFe ART processes and ceremonies when in a team-of-teams model. You must build trusted relationships with the team and with their stakeholders (Product Managers, Solutions Managers, etc) to ensure the needs of all team members are being met.
  • You will perform all prescribed release train engineering duties including, but not limited to removing impediments for the team and / or team-of-teams, inspecting performance through key team metrics and facilitating process improvement discussions to optimize the team's or team-of-team's reliability, predictability, and output.
  • This role is responsible for assisting in the delivery of software solutions by maintaining information radiators (metrics) and making them transparent to management by keeping the team focused on the right priorities, and ensuring the team is continuously improving. The unique skills required for effective performance in this job include product and release planning, stakeholder management, risk management, agile ceremony facilitation, and an understanding of a variety of software delivery methods.
  • Additionally, the Release Train Engineer is responsible for adhering to overall standards for the Scrum Master discipline, and mentoring Scrum Masters to ensure capabilities and skills are growing. You may lead the Scrum Community of Practice or a subcommittee of the community of practice. In addition, you are expected to participate in Enterprise process improvement efforts and be an advocate of change for Information Technology.Responsibilities:
    • Ensures the team follows standard processes while identifying opportunities for improvement
    • Facilitates team in defining Working Agreements, Definition of Ready, Definition of Done and then ensures those agreements are upheld
    • Facilitates agile ceremonies: daily stand-up (scrum) meetings, retrospectives, demos, backlog grooming / refinement, backlog sizing, sprint planning, scrum of scrum ceremonies, and release planning
    • Conducts team-of-team ceremonies including PI Planning (Big Room Planning) events for release trains
    • Understands and uses a variety of techniques to continuously optimize ceremonies, team participation and engagement
    • Helps identify and remove impediments, escalates impediments to the product and solutions manager, recommends ways to resolve impediments, and influences leadership to take action on these recommendations
    • Helps team inspect and adapt process through retrospectives, data / metrics tracking and creating a safe, trusting environment with space to grow
    • Coaches Agile Release Train team-of-teams to higher levels of performance
    • Assists with internal and external communication and improving transparency by creating visible information radiators (burn-downs, velocity chart, etc.), dashboards and demos
    • Supports Product Manager and/or Program Manager with communication materials for senior leadership that are clear, concise and visually appealing
    • Provides metric reports to assist in product roadmap planning
    • Facilitates getting the work done without coercion, assigning, or dictating the work directly
    • Facilitates discussion, decision-making, and conflict resolution
    • Observes team interactions and uses emotional intelligence to discuss observations in a safe, trusting environment
    • Supports product planning by participating in release planning discussions
    • Supports execution through understanding of priority and sequencing required to deliver efficiently
    • Holds team (Product, Development, QA, and team members) accountable for delivery commitments
    • Forecast and track budget for train and teams in train
    • Helps team identify when commitments are at risk, and assists them solutioning to ensure commitments are met
    • Mentors scrum masters to higher skillset and performance
    • Brings new tools and techniques to scrum community for continuous improvement
    • Be an agile subject matter expert and provide strategic influence with the product / business and other engineering organizations
    • Ensures team's backlogs are sufficiently full at all times (at minimum 3-4 sprints worth of work defined)
    • Practices adaptive-leadership and promotes learning in others by building relationships with cross-functional stakeholders, communicating information and providing advice to drive efforts forward, influencing team members within assigned unit, adapting to competing demands and new responsibilities
    • Providing feedback to others, including upward feedback to leadership and mentoring junior team members
    • Partners internally and externally to make effective decisions, solving complex problems, escalating high priority issues or impediments as appropriate, monitoring progress and results and recognizing and capitalizing on improvement opportunities

Keywords: Yoh, A Day & Zimmermann Company, Charlotte , Release Train Engineer, Engineering , Charlotte, North Carolina

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