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Technology Lead Agile Program Manager

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Summary  

A Lead Agile Program Manager supports engineering teams in delivering software solutions people love by driving program-level agile delivery maturity and managing complex technology initiatives. 

 

Primary Duties & Responsibilities ​  

  • Defines and executes the strategy for agile maturity within a program. Enables a consolidated channel for intake of new work that drives consistency, clarity, and collaboration. Accountable for setting JiraAlign structure and governing program backlog processes.  
  • Enables successful PI planning through facilitating readiness, execution, and continuous improvement. Drives transparency of objectives, risks, and dependencies. Ensures alignment of priorities with engineering deliverables and commitments based on team velocities. 
  • Enables predictable and accelerated delivery of business value through effective PI execution. Actively manages risks and works closely with engineering lead to manage program dependencies and follow-ups. Proactively creates transparency to program PI health. Provides agile coaching and facilitates continuous improvement through inspect and adapt. 
  • Enables the efforts of complex initiatives by aligning the technology deliverables to the underlying agile delivery structure of engineering teams. Supports the creation of a single, unified plan to deliver on the initiative objectives. Creates transparency to initiative deliverable progress. Identifies and removes impediments. 

 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:  

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Systems or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. 
  • A minimum of 9 years of professional experience. 
  • A minimum of 7 years of agile methodology experience. 
  • Experience managing vendor interactions/efforts with vendor dependencies. 
  • Experience with project management methodologies or SDLC (systems development life cycle)  
  • Working knowledge of project management / agile tooling. 
  • This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

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This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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