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11 Feb 2021

Full-Time Test Practice Lead

Kessel Run – Posted by Kessel Run Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

Kessel Run is an Air Force software development organization that continuously delivers war-winning software that our Airmen love.  We are striving to be a “software company” within the Air Force that can sense and respond to conflict in any domain, anytime, anywhere.

We value continuous learning, continuous user feedback, continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous security & continuous testing. We combine lean principles, user-centered design and eXtreme Programming (XP) using a flat management, balanced team approach to ensure we are always building the most valuable thing possible, the simplest way possible, and as fast as possible.

We are offering the opportunity to work in a modern work environment, to use cutting-edge technologies and modern processes, all while making a meaningful impact every single day. Come help us solve our nation’s toughest, most complex challenges while enjoying yourself at work every day.

Kessel Run’s Test Practice Lead is responsible for building and growing a self-sustaining user-centered and lean test design and practice. This is a full-time, dedicated role – i.e., the Test PL is not part of any specific product team but instead reports to the Det Test Chief as part of the Technology Group.

What You Will Do

  • Actively identify, prioritize, and solve problems that impact Detachment test design using a variety of critical thinking approaches, including Premortem Analysis & Stakeholder Mapping
  • Facilitate a user-centered approach to building product line and portfolio objectives and key results (OKRs) in a way that actively challenges biases, errors in cognition, and groupthink
  • Guide portfolios in formulating their high-level mission areas and associated objectives, requirements and desired operational capabilities
  • Build unity and consistency between Portfolio Leads, Technical & Engineering Leads, Design Leads, and Practice Leads across the Det, specifically in how they build and track their objectives
  • Model and advocate for feedback culture, including but not limited to gathering, synthesizing, and presenting feedback to portfolio leadership
  • Build continuous, meaningful and unbiased feedback into product design & development
  • Understand product line and portfolio health, identify feedback-loop blockers, prioritize, and remove them; sit in on Product Line Reviews, Technology Review Boards, Growth Boards, etc. to help gain that understanding.
  • Iterate our Test Design practices to meet the Det’s evolving needs
  • Advocate for our Test Design practices within Kessel Run, within the Air Force, and outside of the Air Force
  • Facilitate key cross-org communication to enhance Det cross-talk and collaboration

Who You Are

  • You are a divergent thought leader with a proven track record of analyzing and solving complicated problems and working on fast-paced, highly-collaborative & diverse teams
  • You have experience facilitating critical thinking exercises for large & small groups in order to support high-impact decisions by approaching problems from all angles and getting a holistic view of solutions
  • You can expertly explore alternatives in plans, operations, concepts, organizations, and capabilities in the context of the operational environment and from the perspectives of partners, adversaries, and others
  • You believe in fostering empathy, self-awareness, self-reflection & psychological safety
  • You have top-quality written and verbal communication skills (e.g., capable of public speaking, changing your messaging based on the audience, etc.)
  • You are comfortable providing advice, recommendations, and guidance with incomplete information
  • Management experience a plus, but not required
  • You are a U.S. Citizen and have the ability to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 34 days.

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