Value Stream Lead

Job title: Value Stream Lead

Company: Etihad Airways

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Job Title Sales / Business Development


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The purpose of the Value Stream Lead is to ensure the delivery of value to the business through technology initiatives that enable business benefits such as revenue growth, cost optimisation and improved customer experience. Time, budget and quality are key performance indicators of delivery.
This role will drive collaboration with the business and ensure the portfolio of work within the value stream is prioritised in line with business objectives. It will be responsible for the flow of value from concept to deliver and will own the benefit realisation of all initiatives delivered by the value stream.
As the organisation transitions to an agile delivery methodology this role will be key to driving the new ways of working including an agile mindset, leveraging Lean Portfolio Management principles. During and potentially post the transition to agile, several projects will continue be delivered using a waterfall methodology. The value stream lead will maintain a hybrid portfolio that is delivering in both agile and waterfall and will be responsible for deciding the most suitable delivery methodology to achieve the desired business outcomes.
This role will chair the monthly Value Stream Board, a cross functional governance team of business and Digital Technology and Innovation representation, which will have accountability for allocating funds to initiatives and approving and prioritising Lean and traditional and business cases.
This role will work with key stakeholders from the business and Digital Technology and Innovation to allocate resources to autonomous teams to deliver the technology initiatives. Their purpose is to optimise capacity ensuring maximum throughput of work within the constraints of the budget.
Strategy & Planning
Facilitate the process of allocating funds to value stream initiatives, basis their priority, ensuring any decisions made are aligned with the organisation s objectives and the Digital Technology and Innovation strategy
Own the benefits realisation of all initiatives delivered within the value stream, managing and optimizing the flow of value through fixed autonomous teams and project teams
Own the definition of Lean business cases for agile initiatives and traditional business cases for waterfall projects
Overall accountability for dependencies within and between value streams and ensures that value stream level dependency logs are maintained and proactively management
Chair periodic synchronization meetings for initiatives at the value stream level as required e.g. Product Owner sync up
Strategically plan the insourcing / outsourcing and right sizing delivery capability to meet the capacity and skills requirements of the value streams
Management and Operations
Lead teams of Release Train Engineers, Scrum Masters, Project Managers and Business Analysts providing line management and performance management of the teams
Define the career path for Release Train Engineers, Scrum Masters, Project Managers and Business Analysts, overseeing the learning and development plans for these resources
Lead and motivate high performing cross functional delivery teams that will consist of resources from other areas of the Digital Technology and Innovation function e.g. DevOps
Champion agile and modern waterfall techniques, be a seen as a role model in these disciplines, leading by example
Create an environment that enables autonomous teams by fostering a culture of open and honest communication, a shared vision, retrospection and recognition
Own the resourcing of projects and scrum teams with the support of the Release Train Engineer and the resource management and capacity lead. Ensure the appropriate sizing of the team and drive recruitment decisions
Accountable for the proactive identification of cross value stream risks, issues and dependencies, acting where necessary to ensure swift resolution
Initiative Delivery
Responsible for the delivery of value to the business and the realisation of business benefits. The value stream lead will make recommendations to the value stream board on priorities where they see the opportunity to deliver greater value or where they see initiatives are not delivering the expected value
Responsible for the on time and on budget delivery of initiatives, within agreed scope and quality measures
Responsible for deciding the appropriate delivery model (agile or waterfall) best suited to deliver an initiative
Overall responsible for the coordination and dependency management across the value stream to ensure a set of integrated solutions are delivered
Work with the Lean Agile Centre of Excellence to stand up Agile Release Trains. This includes supporting the facilitation of Agile Release Train (ART) events where required and overseeing the management of the ART/value stream Kanban board
Support the Release Train Engineer (RTE) in establishing and communicating the annual calendars for Iterations and Program Increments (PIs)
Education & Experience
10+ years of Program / Portfolio Management experience in delivering complex projects and solutions is mandatory
3+ years airline experience is mandatory
Bachelor s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Administration or equivalent is mandatory. Master s degree would be a strong advantage
Strong knowledge of project, program and portfolio management practices, following both agile and waterfall methodologies as well as a good understanding of product management principles is essential
3+ years of experience following Agile at scale is beneficial, i.e. agile applied at a portfolio, value stream or program level. Experience in executing PI planning events and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ART) is beneficial
Must possess project management certifications in both waterfall (Prince 2, PMP or equivalent) and Agile (Scrum, SAFe or equivalent)
Should have experience in seeking the alignment of business and IT, driving common approaches and delivering sustainable, re-usable solutions using both agile and waterfall. Demonstrated ability to drive change and challenge the status quo is beneficial
Passion for creating new products and delivering technology initiatives that drive significant value for customers and the organisation is essential
Proven leader with outstanding interpersonal, communication, and effective relationship building skills at all levels within an organisation. Must have experience of engaging at an executive level working with both business and IT executives to deliver value
Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to interact directly with business representatives that do not necessarily have an IT background, to explain complex technical solution and problems in a way that can be easily understood

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Location: Abu Dhabi

Job date: Wed, 02 Feb 2022 23:43:38 GMT

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