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Sr. Scrum Master
Madison, New Jersey  |  Remote
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Applied on September 20, 2021
Job Id #48915 Posted July 9, 2021

Position Summary:

  • The Scrum Masters job is to lead the team to deliver maximum value to the customer.
  • The primary responsibilities are to serve the team and product owner in turning requirements into the working software, track progress and help the team achieve their commitments and goals.
  • Scrum Masters facilitate daily stand-ups and scrum events supporting the team in following the Scrum framework.
  • This Scrum Master role will also handle some more traditional project management duties including: scope definition, resource balancing, communication of status to executives, clients and partners, budget oversight and risk/issue management.
  • Must have project management background and experience.

Essential Duties:

  • Strongly serving and supporting the Product Owner and Scrum Team
  • Servant Leadership -Providing all support to the team using a servant leadership style and leading by example. This person should personify Scrum and Agile.
  • Guiding and Coaching the Scrum Team and organization on how to use Agile/Scrum practices & values
  • Guiding and Coaching both the Scrum Team on how to get the most out of self-organization
  • Guiding and Coaching both the Scrum Team to fill in the intentional gaps left in the Agile/Scrum frameworks
  • Assessing the Scrum Maturity of the team and organization and coaching the team to higher levels of maturity, at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team and organization
  • Ensure product quality expectations are defined and known across the team.
  • Track progress and help the team achieve their commitments.
  • Removing impediments or guiding the team to remove impediments by finding the right resources to remove the impediment.
  • Progress is monitored daily when problems are identified work with team to develop corrective actions. ---Manage and report the status of scope, schedule, resourcing and financials.
  • Building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis of healing and problem solving.
  • Facilitating getting the work done without coercion, assigning, or dictating the work.
  • Facilitating discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution and all scrum events
  • Assisting with internal and external communication, improving transparency, and radiating information
  • Supporting and educating the Product Owner, especially with respect to refining(aka grooming) and managing the product backlog and road mapping
  • Collaborate with the team in scheduling work, including defect remediation and refactoring, guarding against the accumulation of technical debt.
  • Work with technical team and product owner balancing the interests of both when issues arise.
  • Guide team meetings including sprint pre/planning meetings, daily scrum and sprint review meetings. Facilitate retrospective discussions and support continuous improvement efforts.
  • Limit the external interference the team must deal with.
  • Tracking the budget and product metrics
  • Ensure transparency and collaboration across the team and other teams working with

Qualifications and Required Skills/Experience:

  • Degree - information technology or business or related field.
  • Must have First level Scrum Master certification (CSM ) (PSM), PMI-ACP
  • Experience playing the Scrum Master role for at least four years for a Scrum team.
  • Excellent skills and knowledge of servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, coaching, collaboration, and increasing transparency
  • Exceptional people skills. Comfortable working with a diverse group of people and serve as arbitrator when conflicts arise.
  • Knowledge of numerous well documented patterns and techniques for filling in the intentional gaps left in the Scrum approach(example: numerous Burndown techniques, numerous Retrospective formats, handling bugs, etc)
  • The ability to distinguish between what "is Scrum" what is "not Scrum"
  • Knowledge of other approaches discussed in the Agile space: XP, Kanban, Nexus, LeSS, SAFe, Crystal, FDD, etc
  • Knowledge and/or experience with widely successful Agile techniques: User Stories, ATDD, TDD, Continuous Integration,
  • Exceptional communication and mentoring skills
  • Solid understanding of and demonstrated experience in using appropriate tools:
  • JIRA experience
  • Microsoft Project, Visio, and all Office Tools
  • Understanding of financial controls needed in project management and consulting work
  • Experience with Budget tracking
  • In depth understanding of how to scope and estimate work. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Understanding of Agile and product metrics
  • Experience applying a wide variety of well documented patterns and techniques for filling in the intentional gaps left in the Scrum approach (example: numerous Burndown techniques, numerous Retrospective formats, handling bugs,etc)

Preferred Skills/Experience (Any of these is a plus)

  • Second or Third level Scrum Master certification (PSM II, PSM III, CSP, CTC)
  • PMI-PMP, and CSPO or equivalent preferred
  • Experience being on multiple Scrum teams in a variety of different contexts (different team sizes, different organizations, different cultures, co-located vs. distributed, etc)
  • Track record of continued and recent education in Scrum, including training, conferences, user groups, self study, etc.
  • Continuous Testing, Pairing, Automated Testing, Agile Games

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