Top Skills to Look for in a SaFe® Release Train Engineer

Top Skills to Look for in a SaFe® Release Train Engineer

A good RTE is a people person. A good RTE is someone who is invested in processes and organization. Many soft skills, as well as technicalities, makes for a good SaFe® Release Train Engineer. But first, let’s consider who is a Release Train Engineer? The work of an RTE is fairly interesting, among other Scrum and Agile title holders.

Who is a Release Train Engineer?

An individual who is the organizer, the servant leader, and the coach for the Agile Release Train. Upon getting your SaFe® RTE certification and training, you will be made aware of the workings of these ARTs and how to launch your very own. But for now, an ART is a team comprising of agile teams, who together learn to operate, execute, and deliver along with developing.

The responsibilities of a SaFe® RTE are many and the role crucial, which also means you’d be an attractive hire for a SaFe friendly or most large scale enterprises. For instance, an RTE is responsible for the use of proper tools such as Kanban or information radiators to maintain value flow in an ART, facilitate PI Planning, coach personnel in a Lean mindset, make problems transparent, and encourage collaboration, and many more.

Now let’s see how a good and able RTE is recognized.

Top 6 Skills to Look for in a Good RTE

  • A good RTE understands, embraces, coaches, as well as themselves, embody the core agile mindset. And knowing what Agility can offer, their value guided thinking and systems thinking is a recognizable aspect in the person,
  • A good RTE exudes confidence in the way they tackle any and every situation. Not only confident but courageous enough to tackle authorities, clients, customers, and teams in a respectable yet tactful manner. They need to be able to say no when needed, and deliver the truth no matter what, in the most thoughtful way.
  • A good RTE is a perfect middleman, i.e. they must have great negotiation skills. So that in releasing and guiding RTEs, every scenario is the most favorable to all parties involved.
  • A great servant leader in action and approach. They must be quick to think on their feet, and step up whenever, and whatever is needed to keep the train moving without impediments. Depending upon which they must be a sharp, critical thinker. Whenever a problem is faced, they must be quick to think of a plan and also be ready to execute it without halting or delaying any proceedings.
  • A good RTE must have the drive for lifelong learning. Since RTE is the facilitator of change, they must have the consistent strive to learn with or without change. They must be ready to constantly apply new strategies, help the ARTs develop, as for the organization.
  • A great RTE must have a thorough understanding of how Lean-Agile Frameworks and most essentially the scaled Agile Framework.

An able RTE is certainly a people person and upon conversing with them, one can identify them through their approach and values. And if you wish to train yourself into becoming a successful RTE, make sure your next stop is to KnowledgeHut.

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