Agile Coach/Program Manager - #19504273

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.


Date: Dec 27, 2020
City: Carlsbad, CA
Contract type: Full time
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Job Description


The impact you'll have:



  • Provide thought leadership on Agile best practices, at scale, for assigned product lines and city

  • Coach scrum teams in agile values and best practices, teams of teams in multi-sprint "big room" planning, engineering craftsmanship best practices and enabling delivery at scale across multiple teams

  • Contribute to development of Thermo Fisher's unified agile development methodology, through alignment with product and technology stakeholders

  • Deliver needed agile training to align our teams around a common language and methodology for Thermo Fisher.

  • Participate in creation of Agile coaching strategy, creating a common approach that would help our teams delivery with improved effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Partner with product and engineering leaders from assigned Product Lines to enable them as impediment removers for our teams.

  • Lead communities of practice to enable craftmanship for product owners, development engineers, quality, scrum masters and agile program managers.

  • Be the influencer to help transform Thermo Fisher into a self learning and continuously improving organization.

  • Supports the creation of a culture that empowers self-organizing teams, with a focus on accountability, adaptability, quality and speed to market.

  • You will ensure effective execution across Scrum teams aligned to an Agile Release Train (ART) to ensure high-quality business value is delivered, managing the flow of value through the ART.

  • You will execute Train-wide processes using Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) including:

  • Facilitating Program Increment Planning readiness in partnership with Product Management and Architecture


  • Facilitating the Program Increment Planning event, Inspect & Adapt workshops, PI System Demo



  • You will track execution and publish PI Objectives/Team progress for visibility and transparency

  • You will track execution and publish progress of features and capabilities for visibility and transparency

  • You will manage risks and dependencies across teams; escalate and track impediments

  • You will ensure dependencies and risks outside the ART are understood and proactively managed

  • You will provide input to management on resourcing to address critical bottlenecks

  • You will work with Product and Engineering leadership, Product Owners, and other stakeholders to help ensure strategy and execution alignment

  • You will champion SAFe adoption; Coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in Lean-Agile practices and mindsets

  • You will identify and pursue opportunities to fine-tune and improve Train execution; recommend enhancements related to new and/or existing workflows based on a broad view of the organization and a Lean Agile mindset


Who we're looking for:



  • You will have 10+ years of experience in a complex project and program management role with 3+ years leading Scrum teams.

  • Experience and active participation in 2+ agile transformations, with demonstrable results

  • You will have at least 2 years' experience in the Release Train Engineer role or similar role, coordinating feature delivery across 8+ Scrum teams

  • You will be a servant leader and strong communicator who can:

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

  • Encourage an environment that values mutual respect, openness, and courage

  • Persuade by influence rather than authority

  • Think beyond day-to-day activities

  • Support teams' commitments, personal development, and continuous growth

  • Empower teams to be owners of their products and processes


  • Communicate with all levels of the organization, from individual contributors to leadership



  • Communication and change management expertise spanning software developers to senior executives

  • Able to partner with a world-class agile coaching team

  • Skilled in the development of agile metrics to incentivize best practice behaviors at all levels of the organization

  • Well respected leader in agile community

  • Experience in product management or engineering development, and leadership of product development teams

  • You will have SAFe certifications, ideally SAFe RTE or SAFe SPC

  • You will have a Bachelor's Degree, ideally in Computer Science or other technical discipline; or equivalent experience


We'd also love to see :



  • Program Management / Scaled Agile Framework experience in an organization with primary revenue streams derived from software product development and sales.

  • PMI-ACP, Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

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