Agile Project Manager

London, United Kingdom | Project Management

Job Description

Job Description:  Agile Project Manager

  • We’re looking for a London-based candidate to perform the role of a hands-on Project Manager, who is also comfortable in perform the role of Business Analyst when required. As the UK office is still small, an entrepreneurial mindset and an appreciation of a start-up context are essential.
  • Our project managers are the planners in an organization primarily comprised of hands-on technologists. They are the consultative peers of product owners and engineering managers at our clients. Project managers have many years of experience managing the development and delivery of software.  They can comfortably speak with anyone about any aspect of a software development project at any stage - and add value.
  • Listen, learn and consult. This is a client facing services role where you will interact directly and frequently with outside business and technical stakeholders.
  • Lead a team of highly talented, senior, motivated and self-directed software professionals. This is not a job for a micro-manager; it’s a job for a problem avoider / problem solver.
  • Conduct day-to-day client communications. Build credibility and trust. Promote transparency. Manage expectations
  • Represent the team effectively by keeping things realistic. Avoid slippage. Mitigate risk
  • Manage and coordinate business analysts and QA resources. Perform these functions when necessary. In particular, you should be comfortable in performing BA role when required
  • Establish credibility by climbing the curve to understand anything - at any level of depth - related to your project.
  • Raise red flags and facilitate dialogue that transforms “issues” into actionable plans
  • Oversee the entire software development life cycle: Gather Requirements. Review requirements. Author specifications. Write user stories. Build task lists. Run status reviews. Prioritize. Manage scope. Track Velocity. Re-prioritize. Update the user story backlog. Stay a step or two ahead.

Requirements:

  • 5+ years managing software projects with at least 5 resources
  • Previous experience working as a business analyst
  • Experience shipping at least 3 somewhat complex multi-module n-tier enterprise systems - preferably in a J2EE/Unix or Microsoft .net environment
  • Superlative interpersonal and communication skills, including polished presentation skills: you will regularly present project status / demo software to all levels client organizations.
  • Familiarity with Agile software development methodology (Scrum and/or XP). Experience taking proactive action to improve project velocity and code reliability
  • A knack for herding business analysts, engineers, QA resources, and customers to make sure stuff gets done.
  • The experience and maturity to deliver bad news to customers and tackle problems head on
  • Past teammates ubiquitously agree that projects “never would have shipped without you” and that “your involvement makes everyone else more sane and productive”
  • Clients exhibit the seven stages of grief when you roll off of their projects

Nice to Have:

  • 5+ years working in the trenches of software development efforts before becoming a project manager
  • Experience working in the professional services arm of an enterprise software vendor or in a “services oriented” development organization inside a large enterprise
  • Experience collaborating with remote/offshore development teams
  • Experience working as a software engineer and / or QA resource
  • Experience shipping and/or enhancing ecommerce systems or other high availability web-based applications
  • Experience taking over distressed projects and turning them around

 

Tacit Knowledge offers a competitive base salary and benefits with quarterly bonus eligibility.

You must be authorized to work in the UK on a full-time basis for any employer. We will not sponsor visas, nor will we hire consultants through sub-contractors that hold your visa

How to Apply:

  • Write a cover letter. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. Please discuss why this job sounds like a good fit for you.
  • We strongly prefer applications with endorsements. Please ask anyone we know in common to endorse your job application.
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