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Talent-IT - Workload Automation Intake Lead / Sprint Lead

Job Purpose


The Intake Lead - Sprint Lead for Workload Automation is combining 2 roles in a single domain release train:

  • As the Intake lead he/she is managing the Demand Intake process for the Workload Automation release train. This includes facilitating the scope refinement and design based on the EPIC backlog priorities. It also includes the feasibility in line with the capacity of all involved Sprint teams. His/her accountability is to feed the Sprint teams with Sprint-able work for the next month.
  • As the Sprint Lead he/she is managing the Sprint (preparation and execution) of the Workload Automation release train. The Sprint Lead is accountable for the delivery of the committed Sprint backlog of a release train including the related delivery in other release trains.


Contextual Information


Operating Environment (For example purpose of the entity in which the jobholder acts, strategy, plan, specific policy, economic model and/or performance model on which the job has an influence, guidelines which a direct impact on the job) :


Our customers IT organization should accelerate its transition towards a more strategic business contribution role and step away from a predominating focus on the delivery of technology services.

IT within the company needs to look forward on the next evolution, taking into account value, efficiency and effectiveness.


The priorities for IT:

  • Create a strong shared vision on future I.T
  • Increase Business & IT alignment
  • Increase the financial efficiency / Affordable IT
  • Keep the excellence in the "Run" / delivery of technology services
  • Talent: Attract Retain, Foster & Nurture!


Principal Accountabilities (the outputs of the job) - Activities et decisions



As an Intake Lead

  • Collaborates closely with the Business Engagement Manager and the Product Owner to ensure the quality of the Demand Intake process (priority - designed scope - feasibility)
  • Facilitates the delivery of an E2E Solution architecture and design during intake process resulting in the creation of User Stories and technical US (technology specific by application platform)
  • Foresees expertise for the intake design process
  • Facilitates the estimation effort for the US defined
  • Secures necessary intake/Sprint capacity:
    • Facilitates the feasibility of the estimated workload within the involved Sprint teams and align the overall planning with the release manager.
    • Prepares, when needed and based on prioritized forecast, staffing needs with the concerned domain managers for both intake and Sprint activity
  • Supports EPIC backlog ordering
  • Fosters collaboration as a change agent and acts/elaborates further the principles, policies and guidelines for his/her intake process
  • Accountable for Intake documentation (at EPIC and Business and IT user story levels)
  • Responsible for Sprint Planning and Formal hand-over to the Sprint team
  • Initiates alignment with the other release trains intake leads and/or PM concerning dependencies outside the release train (scope, timing, etc.) for both incoming and outgoing demands
  • Provides adequate reporting on the intake process and Sprint loads


As a Sprint Lead

  • Responsible for Sprint Planning
  • Collaborates closely with the Operation Coordinator to: Foresee the capacity and manage the results of AMS tasks in line with the SLA
  • Drives Sprint planning and execution based on confirmed Sprint capacity during regular meetings with Domain Managers that will help him get the correct resource or upstaff if needed
  • Accountable for the delivery of the committed US back log
  • Ensure that the Detail design, Configuration and Development, Business Review and Sprint Acceptance Testing (Sat) is executed for each US within the release train and coordinate the linked delivery with the Sprint lead of other release trains
  • Align with other Sprint leads or PM when his/her Sprint teams needs to deliver towards other release trains or projects
  • Takes a leading role in the daily coordination and follow-up of defects
  • Responsible for E2E Testing (preparation and execution)
  • Responsible for Regression Testing
  • Accountable for Sprint documentation (at Business and IT user story levels)
    • Business processes documentation including data model and functional documentation (that he will receive from Intake lead)
    • Technical documentation
  • Support the cut-over and business sanity check
  • Organizes and tracks Scrum rituals: Daily standup with cross-domain Scrum Leads, each of them representing their team
  • Retrospective
  • Resolve impediments, mitigates risks, resolves bottlenecks and drives improvements to ensure velocity of teams and quality of delivery
  • Close collaboration with Environment Manager and Release Manager for solid release plan
  • Report KPI's: testing progress (Sat, E2E) and defect density during Sprint execution
  • Defines the principles, policies and guidelines for his/her domain
  • Supports the Team/Scrum Leads in their activities
  • Provides expert advice within his/her domain and advises stakeholders on how to best align business processes and solutions


Job Dimensions (Indicate in quantitative terms the key areas on which your job has an impact) 

  • Financial (For example Annual revenue, Sales Turnover, Annual budget, Project Costs, Investments): Portfolio to manage between 500k and 1,5m€
  • Staff (For example headcount, number of subordinates, number of people in project's teams) :
    • The effort is linked to the size of Release train itself: people involved can go to about 20 persons per release train.
    • Working with the intake lead, application operations lead, other Sprint leads and PM, release manager, environment manager and Scrum teams


Knowledge, skills & Experience

  • Ambassador for changes
  • Agile skills/experience
  • Has strong listening, communication, facilitation, influencing, planning and analytical skills.
  • Is able to understand & discuss involved Business needs (users), facilitating pragmatic & affordable solutions
  • Autonomous
  • Strong team worker
  • Positive thinker
  • Has a proven track record of being accountable on successful project and/or program management activities (at least 5 years) preferably in an Agile environment
  • Experience in Workload Automation (Job scheduling + Automation) domain (as Scrum Master or Release Train Engineer within an automated environment
  • The ideal candidate holds a master degree in exact sciences (preferably in IT) or has attained comparable level through relevant experience
  • Scrum Master certification
  • Good experience to work in a scaled Agile environment

Company description

Talent-IT is a sourcing company that unites customers and IT-Talent across the full range of IT professions & technologies. We help our customers in finding the ideal IT-Talent for their permanent or project based vacancies. We help IT-Talent (employees and freelancers) in finding their ideal new permanent or project based vacancy.

Besides the right technical skills, we also think that culture, attitude, personality and languages are a crucial element in the matching process. Our business is Talent Management: to attract, to keep, coach, train and motivate IT-Talent, thanks to a broad view on IT and the business.

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