Director, Release Train Engineer

The Hartford Hartford, CT
Director, Release Train Engineer

Middle Markets, The Hartford

Hartford, CT


Reporting to the Middle Market/Specialty Lines CIO, The Hartford is looking for an experienced Technology Leader to play the role of the Release Train Engineer (RTE). The RTE's focus is to deliver business value by managing program level processes, execution, and continuous improvement for the Customer Acquisition and Customer Service Value Streams within Middle Markets. This is an excellent opportunity to drive business growth as we go through an Agile/DevOps Transformation.


* Manage the relationship with Product Managers, Strategy and Planning Lead, Lean Portfolio Manager and other leaders to refine program backlogs

* Facilitate the scaled agile processes at the program level, including planning periodic reviews and planning sessions with team and product stakeholders, such as Release Planning, the Inspect & Adapt Workshops, and the Scrum of Scrums

* Collaborate with the appropriate individuals to translate business strategy into technology strategy and ensure that capabilities required by the business are enabled

* Fostering communication and collaboration between Agile teams within the Agile Release Train (ART) and system-level stakeholders

* Use tools such as program boards and information radiators to manage and improve flow of value through the ART

* Manage the program backlog that feeds work to the ART

* Removal of barriers and impediments to ART effectiveness

* Facilitating Program Increment (PI) Planning readiness and the PI Planning activity

* Optimize PI Planning readiness by fostering preparation of Vision, Backlogs, and Ideation processes

* Tracking and communicating key ART metrics, including impediments and execution

* Collaborate with IT leadership to define tolerable risk levels and manage/mitigate ART risks

* Facilitate relentless improvement for the ART

* Ensures adherence to Agile principles

* Execute on the workforce strategy for the workstream, inclusive of vendor partners, such that the ratios of employee/vendor, onshore/offshore, HIG offices, skill and technology needs are considered to achieve an optimum balance

* The Release Train Engineer will lead a team of Delivery Leads, Scrum Masters, Developers, Bas, range of 25 to 50 resources across employees and vendors. Accountable for managing multiple SCRUM Teams

* Strong Technology background and hands on Agile experience delivering large programs using SAFE methodology.

* Experience being part of a CIO's SLT team driving organizational priorities and change management in addition to table stakes delivery.

* Demonstrates strong sense of urgency, ownership and operates in a collaborative manner.

* Insurance or Financial Services experience preferred but not required.

* Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in MIS, Computer Science, Project Management, or related field or equivalent work experience.

* 10 years of experience managing and directing highly complex, large-scale, multi-project and application development/support teams.

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