Agile Iteration Manager

Posted: 5th September, 2019

Glasgow, United Kingdom

At Twig Education we’re passionate about our products and the future of science education. We care about what we do and how we do it.

Since launching in 2011, our resources are now used by over 150,000 teachers, in over 60 countries and in 19 different languages. Our award-winning videos, digital resources and lesson materials are created in our head offices in Glasgow, near Kelvingrove Park, by a team of around 80 filmmakers, designers, developers, writers, teachers, academics and parents.

We have a Digital team of over 30 members, ranging from Product Owners, Product Designers, Developers, Testers and Cloud Dev-Ops people. As a member of the Digital Team, you will be working closely with agile development sub-teams who are constantly expanding and evolving to support and grow Twig products.

The technical team works with all areas of the business, but we organise ourselves around upcoming projects and tasks with the help of product owners and UX gurus. The team takes ownership of their work from requirements gathering, through development and testing, to completion. The technologies and tools we use are researched and selected by the team. 10% of everyone’s time is set aside for personal development and team improvement.

It’s not expected that any single candidate would have expertise across all of these areas but you may be a good fit for this role if you:
  • Thrive in a collaborative environment involving different stakeholders, subject matter experts and software teams.

  • Can ensure that the commonly used Agile ceremonies are booked, organised, happen, and are facilitated well. (Daily Standup, Feature/Story Kickoffs, Retrospectives, Progress Demonstrations, 3 Amigos Meetings), and where necessary, coach team members to be self-sustaining and organise all of the above ceremonies themselves

  • Can facilitate any follow up actions resulting from ceremonies are completed.

  • Can facilitate planning for the current and upcoming features

  • Can work with the Product Team to ensure the development teams are focused on the highest priorities

  • Can work with the teams to ensure that the boards are updated regularly to reflect progress

  • Can work to remove impediments blocking the development teams’ progress (or escalate to the Head of Development and Product Team where appropriate).

  • Can, with the assistance of the Product Owners, shield the development teams from external distractions and interferences with project delivery.

  • Can report progress, issues, blockages, scope shifts and delays to the Head of Development and the Project Team

  • Understand and/or are willing to learn and implement Servant Leadership principles

  • Can administer agile tools such as Jira as well as propose others where necessary

  • Have a minimum of 3 years industry experience working in a role of similar capacity or 5+ years

  • working in agile environments and appreciate various different agile methodologies.
What is it like to work at Twig?
As a company we strive to maintain an open, fair, relaxed and flexible culture where hard work is recognised and rewarded. Plus our Glasgow office is dog-friendly!
Some other benefits of working at Twig include:
  • Salaries are in line with market rates and commensurate with skills and experience
  • Free refreshments including breakfast, hot drinks and snacks
  • We offer flexibility around working arrangements
  • Cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers, pension contributions and other benefits
Think you might be right for this role? We'd love to hear from you!

To apply for this role, please complete the Online Application Form, attaching a CV along with a covering letter demonstrating the extent to which your skills, abilities and experience meet the requirements of this role.

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