WebLinc | Agile Project Manager - Technical.ly

Agile Project Manager

WebLinc | Old City | Ops / PM

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WebLinc – a commerce platform and services provider in Old City Philadelphia – is looking for an Agile Project Manager (APM) who will bring experience working with external customers/clients and be responsible for planning, leading, organizing, and motivating Agile project teams. The APM would work alongside Technical Leads, overseeing their core team of developers. They will also collaborate with a Product Owner, Customer Success Management, and QA throughout the lifecycle of a project.  You will be working alongside some of the smartest, knowledge-hungry people in the industry. In addition to working with great people, we’re proud to work with some amazing clients.

The APM may be responsible for managing several concurrent high visibility projects using Agile methods in a fast-paced environment that spans several disciplines. The APM will have responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Leading and managing projects consisting of multiple Agile teams that may require integration with other activities outside the scope of the Agile team, at an enterprise level
  • Project Planning and Management – Define project scope and schedule while focusing on regular and timely delivery of value iteratively; organize and lead project status and working meetings; prepare and distribute progress reports; manage risks and issues; correct deviations from plans; and perform delivery planning for assigned projects
  • Passion for making things better – At a team level, guiding teammates in the proper use of processes and tools; coaching members of the team as needed to optimize the efficiency of the project team
  • Flexibility – In situations that require a hybrid Agile approach, using good judgment and skill to develop a project management approach that is suitable for planning and managing the effort to achieve the project goals within designated project constraints
  • Team Building – promote positivity and empowerment of the team and with client interactions, ensure that each team member is fully engaged in the project and making a meaningful contribution, and encourage a sustainable pace with high-levels of quality for the team
  • Team Management – Assist in team development while holding team members accountable for their commitments, fostering participation and collaboration, removing roadblocks to their work; leveraging organizational resources to improve capacity for project work; and mentoring and developing team members

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 3+ years experience in a similar role; experience in similar industry preferred
  • 2+ years of external client communication experience; preferably multiple clients at once
  • Ability to manage competing demands
  • Experienced with Agile practices, customer service-oriented environments, and improving development practices
  • Genuine desire to enjoy your job, your team, and see your teammates as more than just “coworkers”
  • Sense of humor!
  • Ability to balance needs of the team with needs of the customer
  • Solid understanding of and demonstrated experience in using appropriate tools:
    • Agile Project Management tools such as JIRA, Greenhopper, Rally, VersionOne or equivalent
    • Microsoft Project, Visio, and all Office Tools
  • Understanding of the fundamentals of iterative development, software development processes and procedures
  • Relevant certifications are preferred, but not required
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What’s the interview process like?

A phone screen interview and a team-based in-person meeting are standard. Members of the broader team are involved in the interview process, and they don’t feel the need to drag things out. You’ll find out if it’s a good fit pretty quickly.

What’s the office atmosphere like?

Casual, extended family feel. Open floor plans allow for frequent collaboration, and your team sits within arm’s reach (unless they’re working from home that day). When you need a quiet space, there are dedicated areas in each of the buildings for that too. There are pink and silver walls on some floors, exposed brick on others, and dry erase board walls all over the place. Sporting fancy clothes isn’t a daily thing.

What’s the team structure at WebLinc?

WebLinc’s Delivery Program manages the implementation of Workarea for many of its customers and also supports partners in those efforts. The Philly team is focused on building awesome products, getting Workarea in front of retailers and industry leaders and has the support of a full team dedicated to WebLinc’s organizational operations.

Team structure varies depending on the team’s purpose. Each team will always have a leader/manager and peers to collaborate with, and all employees are encouraged to feel confident in their decision making, be creative in finding solutions and know that they are supported.

How do WebLinc employees get involved in the community?

There are numerous community engagement opportunities available, such as the work being done with refugee communities, in partnership with the Nationality Service Center, pairing refugees with entry level jobs in tech. And Weblinc employees don’t have to use their PTO time to do volunteer work, a special provision was put in place adding volunteer time as a separate time-off category.

Even within the local tech community, there has been a chance for the company to give back. Recently a devastating fire destroyed a nearby building in Old City and displaced residents, including web-design company The 215 Guys. After hearing about the fire, Weblinc provided the company with free office space until it could get back on its feet.

Any special WebLinc traditions?

Definitely the infamous WebLinc Day (which staffers encourage you to ask more about) and the annual Holiday Party. The legendary office Holiday Party is for employees, family, friends, clients, partners and anyone else who helped get WebLinc to where it is now. At last year’s WebLinc Day (which is the day after the Holiday Party), an entire floor at the headquarters was cleared out and turned into an inflatable jousting tournament.

Any fun events for new hires?

At WebLinc’s all-company Friday meetings, new hires are asked to make a five-minute presentation to introduce themselves to the larger team and help break the ice. Teammates share about their background, what brought them to WebLinc, favorite music, hobbies, family, pets and more. People get creative with the challenge — some make it a game, some share personal projects. Being split over three locations, it gives teammates a chance to put a name to a face and really get to know each other.

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