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Lead Scrum Master
Madison, NJ  |  Remote
Contract Position
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Applied on September 23, 2023
Job Id #64272 Posted September 5, 2023

Job Summary:
  • We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Agile Program Manager / Scrum Master to guide and coach our Scrum Teams in the effective implementation of Agile practices and principles.
  • The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in driving high-quality product and service delivery to our customers through the facilitation of Agile methodologies.
  • The Agile Program Manager / Scrum Master will be responsible for ensuring the team's adherence to Scrum theory, practice, and guidelines, fostering a culture of continuous improvement, collaboration, and transparency.
Essential Duties:
  • Guide and coach, the Scrum Team on the utilization of Agile practices to deliver superior products and services to customers.
  • Elevate team performance by identifying strengths and areas for development, utilizing appropriate coaching techniques.
  • Ensure understanding of Scrum principles and drive adherence to Scrum theory and practice.
  • Coach the Scrum team in self-organization, cross-functional skills, effective communication, and domain knowledge.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to influence decision-making and support project/product teams.
  • Resolve team impediments and minimize external interferences.
  • Foster transparency and collaboration within the team and coordinate with other Scrum Masters for larger-scale events.
  • Collaborate with Agile coaches and other Scrum Masters to enhance skills and expertise.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of Agile practices within the organization.
  • Facilitate and support all Scrum events, including Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective.
  • Drive cross-team collaboration and Scrum of Scrum events.
  • Assess team and organizational Scrum maturity and guide progression.
  • Ensure clear definition of product quality expectations across the team.
  • Monitor progress and collaborate with the team to address issues and develop corrective actions.
  • Cultivate a trusting, blame-free environment that encourages problem-solving and healing.
  • Assist with internal and external communication, enhancing transparency and information sharing.
  • Support and educate the Product Owner in backlog management and road mapping.
  • Collaborate with the team to schedule work, manage defects, and prevent technical debt accumulation.
  • Manage and report scope, schedule, resourcing, and financial status, including budget and product metrics tracking.
Qualifications / Skills:
  • Exemplify and promote Agile values and principles.
  • Exceptional communication, facilitation, negotiation, and coaching skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; adept at conflict resolution and working with diverse groups.
  • Proficiency in servant leadership, facilitation, conflict resolution, empowerment, and collaboration.
  • Familiarity with various Agile frameworks (Scrum, XP, Kanban, Nexus, LESS, Safe, Crystal, FDD, etc.) and software development life cycle models.
  • Proficient in Scrum techniques such as refinement, story splitting, estimation, and retrospection.
  • Experience in problem-solving and planning with product management and delivery teams.
  • Minimum of four years' experience as a Scrum Master for a Scrum team.
  • Solid understanding of Scrum principles and practices.
  • Proficiency in Agile tools (Jira, Confluence, Microsoft Project, Visio, MS Office).
  • Knowledge of project management financial controls and budget tracking.
  • In-depth understanding of work scoping and estimation.
  • Familiarity with Agile and product metrics.
  • Experience across various Scrum teams in different contexts.
Education and Certification Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of product/project development experience on an Agile Team.
  • Must hold first-level PM and Scrum Master certifications (CSM, PSM, PMI-ACP, PMI-PMP).
  • Preferred Certification Requirements (Any of these is a plus):
  • Second or Third-level Scrum Master certification (A-CSM, PSM II, PSM III, CSP, CTC).
  • CSPO or equivalent.
  • Record of ongoing education in Scrum (training, conferences, user groups, self-study, etc.).
  • Looking for a driven individual with a strong passion for Agile methodologies and a proven track record of enabling high-performing teams.

Horizontal is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We seek to provide employment opportunities to talented, qualified candidates regardless of race, color, sex/gender including gender identity and/or expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under federal, state or local law.

In addition, Horizontal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application or interview process, please contact

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