Lead Agilist at Cognizant (Dallas, TX)

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Principal Agilist
Science / Engineering graduateResponsibility:
  • Support for the Assessment.
  • Maturity Assessments.
  • Participate the maturity assessment & Implement recommendations.
  • Thought Leadership.
  • Always aware of what is the current trend in the market for Agile and DevOps.
  • Publish Blog / articles/ participate local conference.
  • Community Contribution.
  • 'Attend and organize internal Agile/DevOps community events.
  • Ways of working.
  • Adhere to the agile framework proposed by the Coach.
  • Ability to setup & influence stakeholders for new ways of working in small and medium programs/projects.
  • Facilitate meetings (daily scrum, sprint planning, sprint demo and retrospective).
  • Shielding the team.
  • Conflict resolutions.
  • Release Forecasting.
  • Removing impediments.
  • Creating a communication channel (team, Product owner, stakeholder).
  • Servant leader.
  • Enforcing Rules.
  • Data driven mindset (Loves math).
  • Uses data in retros to focus on process improvements.
  • Mastered team level metrics and how to present to clients.
  • Product Vision, Strategy and Roadmap.
  • * Participate and support Product Owner / Product manager in series of workshop to arrive MVP.
  • * Understand the overall product vision roadmap as articulated by agile coach/product owner and translate roadmap into teamspecific release planning and sprint planning.
  • Product Planning.
  • Accountable and responsible for Release planning, sprint planning and dependency management across multiple teams.
  • Help PO derive MVP and prioritize the backlog items for both technical and functional.
  • Ability to play the role of Release Train Engineer in Scaled agile programs.
  • Requirement Management.
  • * Facilitate the team and Product Owner to maintain a healthy Program & team backlog.
  • * Help PO & Product manager to prioritize the backlog and meet Business outcomes.
  • * Help the team to define and meet DOD/DOR.
  • * Help the PO/Product managers to write the requirement (EPIC/US) in an appropriate format.
  • *Setup and support team to maintain the ALM tool.
  • Construction.
  • * Guide the team towards improving the scrum way of working including ensuring cross term coordination.
  • facilitate daily standup meetings, sprint planning, retrospective, and sprint demos.
  • * Drive and support the team by removing impediments.
  • liaise between the team (inclusive of developers, testers) and other practices to ensure focus on each release.
  • identify dependencies and ensure no delays in accomplishing sprint goals.
  • Encourage & Pilot best engineering practice like Definition of Done, Coding standards and compliance, automation, TDD, pair programming, mobbing, etc as appropriate.
  • * Remove interferences to ensure the team is working efficiently (for specific accounts/projects).
  • act as a bridge for distributed scrum.
  • track the velocity.
  • *Make sure user stories delivered incrementally within the sprint.
  • *Ensure Tractability across the lifecycle.
  • Requirement Verification and Validation.
  • Help the PO/ Proxy PO to validate the completed feature during the sprint.
  • Ability to validate the program increment and facilitate the program increment demos.
  • Configuration and Release Management.
  • Understanding of Source control and branching strategy Continuous integration of knowledge and best practices.
  • Deep understanding of deployment and release management principles.
  • Ability to coordinate release across multiple teams and manage production rollout at the program level.
  • Awareness of industryrecommended tools for Continuous delivery pipeline.
  • Enterprise Architecture.
  • 'Basic understanding of solution design and Architecture awareness of the project/program.
  • Ability to articulate technical issues outside team to get quicker resolution.
  • Ability to support architects in evolving architectural runway.
  • Stakeholder management.
  • Able to represent the team/coordinate in Scrum of Scrum and other program governance to provide/update teams outcomes and challenges.
  • Effectively persuade the team members towards achieving better outcomes, Conflict resolution, and positive synergy within the team.
  • Participate and contribute to programlevel governance meetings.
  • Ability to configure program level metric in ALM tool.
  • Documentation.
  • 'Help team to maintain the right level of documentation required for effective knowledge management.
  • Ability to brainstorm the effectiveness of document and secure acceptance across the program to optimize continuouslyBusiness Development.
  • Should able to support business development with in the program for any incremental scope or new products/services for the same customer / programProcess Improvements and Adherence.
  • *Identify the need to bring in scrum tools or practices to improve productivity and build collaboration.
  • review process to ensure all scrum practices are being followed.
  • * Drive retrospection at the end of each sprint.
  • filter the learning for the next sprint.
  • identify best practices and guide teams under purview to implement them.
  • guide scrum teams to document the learning / outcome of retrospection notes.
  • * Identify interdependencies and how to handle the same.
  • Knowledge Management.
  • *Collaborate with Delivery Leads to set up Knowledge Management processes and practices.
  • *Nominate team members to conduct audits on the same and emphasize knowledge sharing across the engagement.
  • drive the creation of knowledge assets from the engagements.
  • People management.
  • Support for recruitment activities and ability to mentor guide SM level 1 resources to develop their role to next level.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts across teams.
  • Learning.
  • *Understand the agile framework customized for the current program.
  • * Understand POD based delivery model.
  • * Identify and complete Digital eleering and class room trainings.
  • * Guide team in identifying appropriate learning courses/certifications.
  • * Complete mandatory trainings and ensure compliance with org mandated learning plans.
  • Identify the technical skills required by the team to become cross skilled help them acquire it.
  • Coaching & Facilitating.
  • *Coach and mentor team members to develop agile capabilities, selforganization etc.
  • explain benefits and scrum principles to the product owner and team.
  • *Cross leverage artifacts from other projects to build process efficiency and benefits of implementing the agile process.
  • coach and mentor the client product owner & business stakeholders on the process, methodology, acceptance criteria, use case etc.
  • Share the best practices across programs.
  • Share the process improvement suggestions across programs.
  • Training.
  • Plan for capability development, identify training initiatives needed across multiple teams and organize for the sameLeadership and Self management.
  • * Ability to lead multiple teams geography wise and domain wise.
  • * Empower team and drive towards common practice goals.
  • * Establish best practices for team activities (project/practice) in the workplace.
  • * Manage conflicts of interests and opinion among team members.
  • *Motivate and inspire people to achieve excellence in practice/project activities.

Must Have Skills
  • Splunk
  • TFS administration
  • Selenium
  • Junit
Good To Have Skills
  • Cloud Storage
  • Azure DevOps
  • ReadyAPI
  • Kubernetes
  • AppDynamics Analytics
  • uRelease
  • XLDeploy
  • Docker Container
  • Microservices
  • Amazon API Gateway
  • VSNUnit
  • TeamCity
  • Stash
  • Jenkins CI
  • Cucumber
  • Agile PLM
  • Maven
More Information on Cognizant
Cognizant operates in the Information Technology industry. The company is located in Teaneck, NJ, New Haven, CT, Edina, MN, Englewood, CO and Pheonix, AZ. Cognizant was founded in 2022. It has 301000 total employees. To see all 555 open jobs at Cognizant, click here.
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