Scrum Master - Philadelphia, PA
Commerce St & E Penn Sq Philadelphia, PA 19107
Position: Scrum Master
Location: Philly PA
Duration: 6 months plus extensions
Must sit onsite in Philadelphia, PA
GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB
This position will provide subject matter expertise and direction on complex projects/initiatives for his/her assigned area(s) of responsibility to ensure Scrum theory, practices, and rules are understood and enacted. The Scrum Master will support two or three scrum teams within a fast-paced application development environment while adhering to Scrum principles. S/he will lead complex large scale and/or enterprise-wide Agile programs and coordinate with various program support teams.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
* Maintains knowledge on current and emerging developments/trends for assigned area(s) of responsibility, assess the impact, and collaborates with senior management to incorporate new trends and developments in current and future solutions.
* Directs and enhances organizational initiatives by positively influencing and supporting change management and/or departmental/enterprise initiatives within assigned area(s) of responsibility.
* Identifies and directs the implementation of process improvements that significantly improve quality across the team, department and/or business unit for his/her assigned area(s) of responsibility.
* Provides subject matter expertise to team members and applicable internal/external stakeholders on complex assignments/projects for his/her assigned area(s) of responsibility.
* Provides direction on complex assignments, projects, and/or initiatives to build and enhance the capability of his/her assigned area(s) of responsibility.
* Leads multiple high performing Scrum teams facilitating progress toward delivery goals using agile practices and coordinates information with other non-scrum teams involved in the project.
* Practices and promotes Lincolns specialized Agile/Scrum delivery methodology including managing budget and schedules for assigned programs/projects.
* Identifies dependencies and removes impediments to project progress, identifies areas of risk, and develops and implements complex mitigation plans.
* Facilitates core Agile meetings with two or three teams (Sprint Planning, Daily Stand-up, Demo, Retrospective and Backlog refinement).
* Develops metric reports on project status, budget, schedule, and Agile metrics such as velocity and cycle time.
* Manages internal and external communication, improves transparency, and communicates information throughout the organization.
* Leads collaboration sessions with internal clients on complex/large-scale projects to formulate creative and practical solutions to software challenges.
* Interfaces and effectively communicates with business and technical resources.
* Synchronizes with non-technical teams to deliver releases smoothly.
* Identifies key cross-functional issues and project synergies; provides guidance with complex project issues.
* Collaborates effectively with management and appropriate project stakeholders on issues and conflicts that impact time, cost, scope, quality and risk of assigned complex projects/programs.
* Acts as a primary communication hub between the various functional departments and the software development team to foresee risks, formulate plans, and organize activities to ensure sprints are completed on time.
* Contributes to the software development process improvement initiatives and associated documentation, and provides valuable guidance to peers based on process/product knowledge and scrum experience.
* Ensures clear communication and organization of the team(s), along with maintaining the core scrum artifacts and facilitating the core scrum ceremonies.
ADDITIONAL POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
* Carries out duties in compliance with all state and federal regulations and guidelines. Complies with all company and site policies and procedures.
* Remains current in profession and industry trends.
* Makes a positive contribution as demonstrated by: - Making suggestions for improvement- Learning new skills, procedures and processes
* Performs other duties as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
* 4 Year/Bachelors Degree or equivalent work experience (4 years of experience in lieu of Bachelors) in IT or related business field (Minimum Required)
* 5 - 7+ Years of experience as a scrum master leading multiple software development project teams to deliver high-quality software solutions using Agile techniques (Required)
* Travel Type: National Domestic
* Travel Amount: up to 25%
* Ability to read, analyze and interpret both internal and external documents such as general media/publications, professional journals, technical procedures, governmental regulations, policies, proposals, and standard operating procedures.
* Confident, comfortable communicator with strong written and verbal communication skills.
* Strong presentation skills with demonstrated ability to influence at all levels of management through clear, informed and logical discussions/presentations.
* Apply concepts such as probability, statistics, modeling, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical solutions.
* Works with mathematical concepts such as averages and/or variances.
* Ability to analyze complex information and to evaluate the implications of a course of action or solution.
* Ability to analyze information and to evaluate the implications of a course of action or solution.
* Ability to interpret and apply common sense understanding to carry out a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
* Ability to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
* Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
* Evaluate trends in data or information.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
* Ability to work with others in a team environment.
* Demonstrated ability to identify and recommend processes improvements.
* Demonstrated strong relationship management skills with internal clients (e.g. senior management, peers and colleagues); proven ability to develop creative and collaborative approaches.
* Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills with a collaborative style.
* Demonstrates strong project management leadership skills including, critical ability to coordinate and balance multiple projects in a time-sensitive environment, under pressure, and meeting deadlines.
* Finds common ground and can gain collaboration among senior/executive management, colleagues and peers; can influence outcomes without directing or commanding.
* Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
* Successfully completes regulatory and job training requirements.
* Thorough understanding of multiple SDLC methodologies with an emphasis on Agile.
* Experience managing multiple teams simultaneously in an Agile environment, including onsite and remote team members.
* Experience managing product and sprint backlogs, and executing effectively and efficiently using Agile techniques such as Scrum or Kanban.
* Ability to run sprint retrospectives and provide constructive feedback to teams regarding estimates, activities and process improvement.
* Strong experience in managing custom software development projects/programs.
* Scrum master certification (CSM) is required
* Team coach certification (CTC) is preferred