ACT, Inc. Senior Release Train Engineer in Iowa City, Iowa


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The Senior Release Train Engineer (RTE) facilitates the Agile Release Train (ART) processes and program execution, escalates impediments, manages risk, and helps drive program-level continuous improvement. The RTE is responsible for facilitating program events such as Release Planning, Inspect & Adapt, and the Scrum of Scrums. This role will heavily leverage the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to drive agile delivery within the release train.

Typical work-related activities include:

  • Establish program level cadence and drive program level ceremonies (e.g. PI Planning, Scrum of Scrums, release train retrospectives)

  • Facilitate the PI Planning event and PI Planning readiness by fostering the preparation of Vision and Backlogs, and through Pre- and Post-PI Planning meetings ensuring PI Objectives are published for visibility and transparency

  • Manage and optimize the flow of value through the ART using various tools, such as the Program boards and Kanbans and other information radiators

  • Assist tracking the execution of features and capabilities, facilitating periodic synchronization meetings at the Program Level

  • Assist with economic decision-making by facilitating feature estimation by teams and the roll-up to Epics, where necessary

  • Coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in Lean-Agile practices and mindsets and the importance of collaboration

  • Help manage risks and dependencies, escalating and tracking impediments upon identification

  • Work with Product Management, Product Owners, and other stakeholders to help ensure strategy and execution alignment

  • Drive relentless improvement via Inspect and Adapt workshops; assess the agility level of the ART and help them improve



  • Bachelor’s degree in business or a technical discipline, such as Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering) or related area required

  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.


  • At least 5 years of progressive responsibility as a Project or Program Manager, Product Owner and/or Scrum Master on complex software development projects involving multiple teams

  • Experience with Agile principles and practices, preferrably using SAFe methodologies required

  • Experience with Agile Management tools (e.g. Rally, JIRA, VersionOne) required

  • Experience leading teams and people in a matrixed environment required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to drive and influence change and effectively communicate with all levels of the organization is critical.

  • 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.

  • Be a Servant Leader:

  • Listen and supports teams in problem identification and decision-making

  • Create an environment of mutual influence

  • Understand and empathize with others

  • Encourage and support the personal development of each individual and the development of teams

  • Support the teams commitments

  • Think beyond day-to-day activities; apply system thinking

  • Be open and appreciate openness in others


  • Agile / Scrum Industry Certification(s)

  • SAFe Release Train Engineer Certification

  • Project Management Industry Certification(s)

  • Lean Methodology Certification(s)

  • Experience with various Testing techniques such as Test Driven Development and Behavior driven testing

  • Understanding of the value of commitments to delivery made by a development team

  • Participation in industry Agile communities of practice

Job ID2019-1402

of Openings1

CategoryInformation Technology (Development)

TravelUp to 25% Travel

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