First phone interview them must interview in person in Manhattan. This is a very long contract position.
Job Description Summary:
Reporting to the Modernization Program Manager, the Technical Agile Project Manager (TAPM) will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the ASPEN development process and teams with a focus on driving quality of code, Acceptance Criteria, Unit Testing, and all processes, checkpoints, and sign-offs having to do with the programming activities of the design/development/test teams. This key role is responsible for planning, leading, organizing, and motivating agile project teams to achieve a high level of performance and quality in delivering an enterprise-level agile program that provides exceptional business value to users and members.
The ideal candidate will be results driven, managing multiple teams while utilizing multi-platform technologies, third party vendors and testing vendors. He/she will drive the programs application development efforts to completion, and motivate teams to meet goals. The successful candidate will oversee the technical program for pension processing, financial transaction and similar enterprise solution technology systems.
At an enterprise level, the TAPM will be responsible for overseeing multiple concurrent scrum teams in a Scaled Agile environment to develop an application in a fast-paced environment. At a team level, the TAPM plays a supervisory role to ensure compliance with the defined development processes and standards, and a coaching role to members of the team as needed to optimize the efficiency of the project teams, and the quality of the product that they produce. In a hybrid Agile environment, the TAPM will use good judgment and skill to develop a project oversight approach that is suitable for planning and managing the effort to achieve the project goals within designated project constraints. In performing this role, the TAPM will be expected to use a high level of knowledge and experience in blending traditional project management principles and practices with an Agile development approach in the right proportions to fit a large, complex, mission-critical, enterprise-level program and provide the right balance of agility and predictability.
Working closely with the Product Owners, Subject Matter Experts, Scrum Masters and Release Train Engineers (RTEs), the TAPM will facilitate and guide the teams through agile practices and ceremonies, including backlog grooming sessions, sprint planning, daily scrum meetings, sprint demos, and retrospectives with a focus on producing high-quality, bug-free code that meets the needs of the business and member community.
The TAPM will keep the Program Manager apprised on a weekly basis of the activities, roadblocks, and progress of each team. One of the main goals of the TAPM is to provide a no surprises environment for the Program Manager, the user community, and executive management.
Education and Certifications:
Bachelors Degree or equivalent in a Technical field such as Computer Science or Management Information Systems
Certified SAFe Agilist
Certified Scrum Master
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
Responsible for regular and timely delivery of highest quality code; prepare and distribute progress reports to Program Manager; manage development risks and issues; work with scrum masters to correct deviations from plans; and perform delivery planning for assigned projects
Assist in team development while holding teams accountable for their commitments, removing roadblocks to their work; leveraging organizational resources to improve capacity for project work; and mentoring and developing team members
Oversee the development projects and ensure the quality of all signoffs and milestones. Also oversee the development of Acceptance Criteria, the grooming of User Stories, and development of unit test plans. The focus in on quality, completeness, and accuracy, not just checking the boxes that something has been completed
Support and coach the Product Owner, Scrum Master and RTEs in managing expectations for project deliverables, managing stakeholder communications, and helping to implement an effective system of project governance
Work with Scrum Masters in facilitating and guiding the teams through agile practices and ceremonies, including backlog grooming sessions, sprint planning, daily scrum meetings, sprint demos, sprint reviews, and retrospectives
Guide teams in time estimating practices and facilitates team estimates
Promote empowerment of the team, ensure that each team member is fully engaged in the project and making a meaningful contribution, and encourage a sustainable pace with highest-levels of quality for the team
Manage project conflicts, challenges and dynamic business requirements to keep teams running on pace with planned cadences
Work with the teams to resolve people problems and project roadblocks
Lead team effort in continuous improvement to maintain the velocity and quality of the program
Support Product Owner with intra-team dynamics with respect to priorities and scope
Hold all team members accountable; ensuring that they are aware of and are delivering on their responsibilities
Define and manage a well-defined project management process and champion ongoing process improvement initiatives to implement best practices for Agile Project Management
Effective Communications (Interpersonal Cluster) Level: Intermediate Consistently communicates with clarity and thoroughness to optimize member or colleague’s understanding
Interpersonal Astuteness (Interpersonal Cluster) Level: Intermediate Understands and anticipates individuals attitudes, feelings and/or reactions
Member Focus (Results Cluster) Level: Advanced Keeps focused on the member when making decisions and taking actions
Analytical Thinking (Thinking Cluster) Level: Advanced Breaks down problems into manageable components to facilitate complex analysis and problem solving of issues
A proven track record of successfully implementing high-quality software development projects using Agile methodologies including 8+ years of specific experience as a Project Manager managing enterprise-level, complex projects with multi-function teams.
4+ years as a Scrum Master in software development project, managing teams in a Scrum, SAFe or similar methodology, with the ability to advise on industry best practices
Experience overseeing multi-function project scrum teams including Developers, Testers, Business Analysts, Product Owners, Subject Matter Experts, and QA Personnel
Solid understanding of software development life cycle models as well as expert knowledge of Agile, SAFe, Kanban, and traditional project management principles and practices and the ability to blend them together in the right proportions to fit a project and business environment
Balanced business/technical background:
Sufficient level of technical background to provide highly-credible leadership to development teams and to be able to accurately and objectively evaluate complex project risks and issues
3+ years in a hands-on software application development or technical testing role
Ability to provide leadership to business analysts and collaborate with users and develop solutions of high quality and business value
Extensive experience managing Government, Pension or Financial Institution industry projects/industry knowledge a plus
Strong interpersonal skills including leading, mentoring, coaching, collaborating, and team building
Solid experience working with Architecture teams to assess and size story/epics
Strong analytical, planning, and organizational skills with an ability to manage competing demands
Strong knowledge and understanding of business needs with the ability to establish/maintain high level of customer trust and confidence
Solid understanding of and demonstrated experience in using appropriate tools:
Microsoft Project, Visio, SharePoint, and all Office Tools
Microsoft Team Foundation Server
Excellent oral and written communications skills and experience interacting with both business and IT individuals at all levels including the executive level
Experience with user story grooming, developing acceptance criteria, and test cases
Deep understanding of agile metrics (tasks, backlog tracking, burndown metrics, velocity,
user stories etc.) to analyze and improve sprint planning
Thrives in a highly collaborative, fast paced environment
Deep understanding of the fundamentals of iterative and incremental development
Experience with project and task estimation techniques
Experis is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE/AA)