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Aetna Release Train Engineer (RTE) - 66282BR in Chicago, Illinois

Req ID: 66282BR

Job Description

The Release Train Engineer (RTE) is an Agile Leader and Coach for the HDMS Agile Release Train. RTE is a master of the scrum masters, charged with clearing program level impediments and risks, finding and maintaining the right resources. The RTE s major responsibilities are to facilitate events, enable Agile processes and assist teams in delivering value. RTEs:

Communicate with stakeholders,

  • impact and seeing the ‘big-picture ,

  • Escalate impediments through appropriate channels,

  • Help manage and mitigate risk, and

  • Drive relentless improvement and maturity of teams.

  • Help ensure value delivery

RTEs help to ensure comprehension and adherence to the Agile framework while simultaneously recognizing business impact, configuring SAFe to the organization s needs, standardizing, documenting and communicating best practices.

​The RTE manages train ceremonies and processes, assisting the train in achieving their commitments by building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised, with an emphasis on problem-solving.

Fundamental Components included but are not limited to:

The RTE will facilitate the ART events, release planning, consistent processes improvement, driving ongoing efficiencies, issue and risk management, management escalation and working with other RTEs across Trains. RTE s are accountable for ensuring transparency about the ART s delivery, risks and accomplishments.


• Support preparation for and facilitation of Train meetings and processes, including Agile ceremonies and release planning activities; Facilitate PI Planning readiness via fostering the preparation of Backlogs and via Pre- and Post-PI cross-team and cross-train Planning meetings

• Establishes Program Increments calendar. Plans and facilitates the Program Increment planning event. Aggregates team objectives into Program PI Objectives and publishes for visibility and transparency

• Collaborates with other RTEs for resolving prioritization, conflicts and synchronization.

• Provides direction to the train handling all aspects of program planning, communications, issue resolution, cost tracking, financial planning and reporting


• Coach teams and Scrum Masters in Lean-Agile practices and thinking

• Support Agile coaching activities across program trains to elevate the application of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

• Fosters innovation with practices and frameworks through experimentation to improve program delivery

• Utilizes feedback and metrics (quality, delivery rate, etc.) to identify areas of opportunity and partners with others to coach the program to continuously improve

• Manage and optimize the flow of value through the ART using various tools, such as the Program Board, Kanban Boards and score cards

• Track and report on progress of epic, feature, costs, benefits etc. using appropriate tools (JIRA, etc.) Includes tracking and leading the epic and train budget; understand and operate within the ART Budget.

• Report planning results and epic status to senior management, business owners, epic owners, product owners, and other partners

Process Improvements

• Identifies and directs the implementation of process improvements that significantly improve quality across the train, department and/or business unit

• Provides subject matter expertise to team members and applicable internal/external stakeholders on complex assignments/projects

• Manage training and travel budget and spend through forecasting, team allocation and monitoring

• Foster Communities of Practice and the use of engineering and Built-In Quality practices

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

• Lead the Agile Program Management Office (APMO) on program execution and operational excellence

Qualifications Requirements and Preferences:

Required Qualifications

  • ​3 + years of experience with consumer-facing products

  • 3+ years experience with large scale development environment.

  • 3+ years of experience with Agile methodologies; Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

  • Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and/or RTE certification

  • 3+ years of experience using Agile best practices, i.e., burn-down charts, retrospective formats, defect management, user stories, ATDD, TDD, CI/CD, automated testing, etc.

  • 3+ years of experience working in a large Agile organization using Scrum, XP, Kanban, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), or other scaling model

  • 3+ years of experience with Agile collaboration tools such as Jira, Confluence/SharePoint, etc.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Scrum Master certification and/or Product Owner certification

  • Collaborative, excellent communication, holistic view and systems thinker

  • Servant Leader Must be able to lead without “Command and Control leadership style

  • Proactive, problem-solving approach – someone who offers solutions not problems for others to solve

  • Collaborative style, with the ability to establish working relationships across the senior management team, business units, as well as with external advisors and constituents

  • Technical aptitude to support program s use of work management and collaboration tools

  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills

  • Self-starters, problem solvers; comfortable jumping in as needed to support the Program

  • Reviews and absorbs data from multiple sources and uses that information to develop insights on program status

  • Willing to try new things, check and see if they worked, and then change and adapt

  • Willing to be coachable and open-minded

  • Has experience delivering a successful transformation from waterfall to Agile

Additional Job Information:

The location is office based in Chicago, IL.

​No telecommuting

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Aetna is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veterans status.