Agile Digital Delivery Manager
Rate: £ 550 per day (in Scope)
Contract Length: 6 Months
Location: Remote initially – then Leeds, Blackpool or Newcastle
- Experience of agile delivery
- Working with multidisciplinary teams.
- A Senior Agile Delivery Manager will deliver end to end projects including owning service delivery for a significant function or product.
- They will work closely with cross functional product teams to build a delivery roadmap.
- They will have experience of software engineering, business operational process design, user research, user experience design and aspects of policy development to help manage delivery and setting the pace for delivery.
- With the ability to adapt and reflect, they are resilient but also able to recognise when something does not work and encourage a mind-set of experimentation
- They will nurture relationships with senior stakeholders and lead on the development of business cases.
- The Senior Agile Delivery Manager will act as a servant-leader and promote self-managing teams ensuring impediments and blockers are mitigated or removed.
- They will own commercial relationships with suppliers and ensure that their projects/programmes have effective governance mechanisms.
- They will ensure that funding is in place and track spending on their projects/programmes.
- They will act as mentors to other Agile Delivery Managers and build a network of agile delivery managers across government departments to share knowledge and best practices.
- They will lead recruitment and actively participate in the selection of future team members.
- Help high performance teams to continuously improve, share information and set standards for other teams
- Helps develop and utilise meaningful metrics in order to drive teams towards their goals and understand areas for improvement
- Creates a safe and supporting environment for all teams, encouraging them to experiment and making failure a safe part of learning.
- Leads by example, acting as a servant-leader demonstrate the right behaviours. Deals with conflict and helps establish a team culture that allows for constructive criticism
- Owns and builds relationships with the technical teams, Product Owners, senior stakeholders, management and third party sub-contractors utilising effective and appropriate governance mechanisms. Managing complex team dynamics between external and internal stakeholder groups to ensure the team is aligned to and understands the same objectives
- Work with technology and business teams to ensure that new products & services are delivered effectively to realise measurable benefits
- Supports the Product Owners to define and build the digital delivery roadmap and translate into an achievable backlog
- Drive the creation of the business case for complex projects, co-ordinate activities across stakeholder groups. Iterate the business case throughout the lifecycle of the project. Establishes good practices to be followed when building and maintaining a business case
- Design, facilitate and lead workshops, meetings with a variety of stakeholders, driving out outcomes and establishing the pace of delivery
- Manage risks, issues and dependencies (external and internal) and help resolve escalations from junior members of the agile delivery manager community
- Drives the pace of delivery across projects and programmes, responsible for owning key blockers till they are resolved and guiding other members of the delivery community to help them deliver effectively
- Able to recognise when to move from one stage of the product lifecycle to another, ensuring the team is working towards the appreciate service standards
- Manage external assurance groups, that they are appropriately engaged and aware to enable them to avoid any risks related to formal approvals
- Ensure funding is in place and track spending and forecasts regularly and accurately
- Leads agile events across multiple projects and sets the standards for agile project management, ensuring business and delivery teams are working to a common, shared objective and vision to deliver specific outcomes
- Take responsibility for their own learning and development, continuously improves knowledge of agile principles, methods and tool to further develop knowledge and skills, coaching and mentoring other members of the agile community
- Establish standards of agile practices for the agile delivery manager community, continuously improve the agile methods and tools used by the community
- Work directly with multiple suppliers to manage complex commercial relationships
- Communicating with impact across a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, tailoring messages to ensure that it is right for the audience
- Take an active role in the agile community, taking responsibility to help organise events across the practice. Attend and present at external events, be regarded as the expert in agile delivery and identify best practices. Support and educate members of other business and IT divisions on agile principles, methods and tools and how best to work with agile teams. Sets and raises the standards of agile practices within the community of agile delivery Managers.
- Encourage and nurture a culture of working in an agile manner utilising agile delivery principles
- Leads recruitment activities for the practice from the internal or external market
- Support capacity management of the practice, helping prioritise deployment of agile delivery managers to address project and
- Agile & Lean practices (DDaT) Able to identify and compare the best processes or delivery methods to use, including measuring and evaluating outcomes. Able to recognise when something does not work and encourages a mind-set of experimentation. Can adapt and reflect, is resilient and has the ability to see outside of the process. Able to use a blended approach depending on the context. Able to help teams to manage and visualise outcomes, prioritise work and work to agreed minimum viable product (MVP).
- Bridging the gap between technical and non-technical (DDaT) Able to listen to the needs of the technical and business stakeholders and interpret between them. Capable of proactive and reactive communication.
- Lifecycle perspective (DDaT) Able to apply experience of multiple parts of the lifecycle. Able to recognise when it is right to move forward and when it is right to stop. Able to recognise the appropriate deliverables and the right people to meet these. Able to work with other agile delivery operations throughout the product lifecycle. Able to plan and engage with the appropriate stakeholders at a particular stage in the project.
- Relationship management (DDaT) Influences stakeholders and manages relationships effectively. Builds long term strategic relationships. Facilitates and delivers the business outcomes. (Level 3)
- Digital Perspective (DDaT) Has the ability to apply a digital understanding to their work. Is able to identify and implement solutions for assisted digital. Can help teams understand the ways that digital technology is changing user behaviour, and the challenges and opportunities for design and delivery of government services. (Level 3)
- Commercial management (DDaT) Able to take responsibility for complex relationships with contracted suppliers. Able to identify appropriate contractual frameworks. Able to identify appropriate suppliers. Able to negotiate with contracted suppliers. Able to get good value out of contracts and suppliers. (Level 3)
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