Project Manager/RTE - Remote (WFH)

| Washington, DC, USA
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Position Summary:

The Agile Release Train Engineer position is part of the Acquisition and Property Management (APM) Space Management Support System (SMSS) team within the Acquisition and Property Management (APM) portfolio in support of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Consolidated Corporate Support Services (CCSS) program.

Space Management Support System (SMSS) consists of two web applications built on top of ArcGIS enterprise. The minor application is ESRI's ArcGIS, a web-based Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) application. The second application is the Rent/Lease application built with the Microsoft .Net framework and supporting technologies. SMSS is used by the VA Office of Administration to assign workspaces to all Veterans Affairs Central Office (VACO) tenants. The system generates reports of space availability and costs to provide workspace for VACO. This system is also used to import the facility leases and generate reports and invoices. The minor application, ESRI's ArcGIS, is hosted at a VA data center and is used by the staff to allocate resources for SMSS. It is designed to deliver location intelligence and meet digital transformation needs for the department. It is also used for mapping, analysis, and as a data storage system that can be used to create, share, and manage maps, scenes, layers, apps, and other geographic content.


  • Delivery in an Agile, Lean, SAFe-based environment utilizing DevSecOps, ARTs, CI/CD, and related processes, methodologies, and concepts.
  • Manage and optimize the flow of value through the Agile Release Train (ART) using various tools, such as the Program and Solution Kanbans and other information radiators.
  • Establish and communicate the calendars for Product Line (PL) Iterations and Program Increments (PIs).
  • Facilitate PI Planning readiness by fostering a Continuous Exploration process which drives the synthesis of a Vision, a Roadmap, and Backlogs, and through Pre- and Post-PI Planning events.
  • Facilitate the PI planning event.
  • Summarize Team PI Objectives into Program PI Objectives and publish them for visibility and transparency.
  • Assist tracking the execution of features and capabilities.
  • Assist with economic decision-making by facilitating feature and capability estimation by teams and the roll-up to Epics; where necessary Coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in Lean-Agile practices and mindsets.
  • Help manage risks and dependencies.
  • Escalate and track impediments.
  • Provide input on staffing and resourcing to address critical bottlenecks.
  • Encourage collaboration between teams and System and Solution Architects/Engineers.
  • Work with Product Line Management, Product Owners/PMs, and other stakeholders to help ensure strategy and execution alignment.
  • Improve the flow of value through value streams by improving and assessing the practices associated with DevSecOps and Release-on-Demand in the Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) Pipeline.
  • Help drive the Lean User Experience (UX) innovation cycle; Work with and support the UX Lead.
  • Facilitate System Demos and Solution Demos.
  • Drive relentless improvement via Inspect and Adapt working sessions; assess the agility level of the ART and Solution Train and help them improve.
  • Maintain a solid understanding of the security infrastructure required for deploying secure, scalable and reliable applications, while routinely conducting preventive and adaptive maintenance to increase security, performance, and reliability.
  • Understanding of CI/CD tools such as Jenkins, GIT, AWS/Azure DevOps tools and Pipelines, CloudFormation, Terraform, Artifactory, etc.
  • Experience with other Application Lifecycle Management tools such as JIRA.
  • Skillsets must include mastery/certification in the following key areas:
    1. Agile, Kanban, Scrum, and SAFe
    2. Project and Program Management
  • Demonstrated RTE experience in organizing, planning, and executing large-scale projects, including legacy, COTS/GOTS, and modernization.
  • Experience leading and coordinating multiple teams in a fast-paced, complex technology environment.
  • Ability to easily build new relationships and proactively establish a variety of contacts across the client's and our own internal organization.
  • Ability to work in/with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Broad range of program/project management and leadership skills required.
  • Proven ability to balance multiple, concurrent/parallel activities.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in software development in an Agile delivery environment.
  • Experience of software development processes and code management tools and processes.
  • Knowledge of DevOps Engineering Processes and Operations & Management (O&M).
  • Ability to conduct in-depth triage, troubleshooting, and forensics across all facets of the cloud stack while executing process corrective action and continual service improvement.
  • Partner with engineering and product managers to ensure business requirements are supported by corresponding technical requirements and infrastructure.
  • Implement big visible charts to graphically present key metrics and measures that keep teams focused on what needs their attention and to promote transparency.
  • Routinely stress test your processes and systems to ensure resiliency and recovery, and to expose weakness in both infrastructure and applications.


  • For VA's Acquisition and Property Management Product Line:
    1. Space Management Support System (SMSS):
      • RTE experience within value streams at the product/product line/program/portfolio levels.
      • Government contract delivery experience in an Agile delivery environment
  • Required Education, Experience, and Clearance:
    • Bachelor's Degree in computer science, electronics engineering or other engineering or technical discipline is required.
    • 8 years of additional relevant experience may be substituted for education.
    • Ability to obtain a VA Position of Public Trust - Medium Background Investigation (MBI).
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Cognitive Medical Systems operates in the Software industry. The company is located in San Diego, California. Cognitive Medical Systems was founded in 2010. It has 62 total employees. To see all 11 open jobs at Cognitive Medical Systems, click here.
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