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Sr. Scrum Master
Madison, New Jersey  |  Onsite
Contract Position
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Applied on December 5, 2021
Job Id #52340 Posted November 23, 2021

  • The Scrum Master/Agile Project Manager is the team role responsible for ensuring the team lives agile values and principles and follows the processes and practices that the team agreed they would use.
  • The primary responsibilities are to serve the team in turning requirements into the working software, track progress and help the team achieve their commitments and goals.
  • Scrum Masters facilitate scrum events, supporting the team in following the Scrum framework.
  • The Scrum Master may also handle some traditional project management duties including scope definition, resource balancing, communication of status to executives, clients and partners, budget oversight and risk/issue management.
Essential Duties:
  •  Guides and coaches the Scrum Team on how to use Agile practices and principles to deliver high quality products and services to our customers.
  •  Gets team to a high performing level by recognizing areas of strength and improvement and employing appropriate coaching and development techniques.
  •  Responsible for ensuring Scrum is understood and the team adheres to Scrum theory, practice, and guidelines.
  •  Coaches the Scrum team in self-organization, cross-functional skillset, domain knowledge and communicates effectively, both internally and externally working within the Scrum team.
  •  Works with Scrum Team, as well as internal and external stakeholders, to influence and drive decision making and support organizational project or product teams.
  •  Resolves team impediments and limits the external interference the team must deal with.
  •  Ensure transparency and collaboration across the team and other teams working and works with other Scrum Masters across the organization to facilitate scrum of scrum events
  •  Works with Agile coaches and other Scrum Masters to grow within the role.
  •  Contributes to the advancement and improvement of Agile practices within the organization.
  •  Facilitates and supports all scrum events: Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective
  •  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 and monitor progress daily and help the team achieve their commitments and when problems are identified work with team to develop corrective actions.
  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  Manage and report the status of scope, schedule, resourcing, and financials. Including tracking budget and product metrics
Scrum Master Qualifications / Skills:
  •  Exemplifies and promotes Agile values and principles
  •  Outstanding communication, facilitation, negotiation, and coaching skills
  •  Exceptional people skills. Comfortable working with a diverse group of people and serve as arbitrator when conflicts arise.
  •  Excellent skills and knowledge of servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, coaching, collaboration, and increasing transparency
  •  Knowledge of multiple agile frameworks (i.e. Scrum, XP, Kanban, Nexus, LeSS, SAFe, Crystal, FDD, etc), and understanding of software development life cycle models as well as in-depth knowledge of traditional project management principles and practices
  •  Adept at refinement, story splitting, estimation, velocity, retrospection, and other Scrum techniques
  •  Planning and problem solving with product management and delivery teams
  •  Experience playing the Scrum Master role for at least four years for a Scrum team.
  •  The ability to distinguish between what "is Scrum" what is "not Scrum"
  •  Solid understanding of and demonstrated experience in using appropriate tools, such as Jira, Microsoft Project, Visio, and all MS 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.
  •  Understanding of Agile and product metrics
  •  Experience being on multiple Scrum teams in a variety of different contexts (different team sizes, different organizations, different cultures, co-located vs. distributed, etc)
Education, and Certification Requirements:
  •  Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of product/project development experience on an Agile Team
  •  Must have first level Scrum Master certification (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
  •  Track record of continued and recent education in Scrum, including training, conferences, user groups, self-study, etc.

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