Scrum Master

Dover, New Hampshire 03820

Posted: 09/20/18 Category: Database/Data Warehousing Job Number: 6994

Position: Scrum Master
Job Location: Dover, NH
Interview Expectations:  Phone & In Person
Local Candidate: Local & Non-Local
 

Job Description

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 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/Bachelor’ s 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 REQUIREMENTS
  • Travel Type: National Domestic
  • Travel Amount: up to 25%

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS
  • 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.

 

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
  • Concepts Apply concepts such as probability, statistics, modeling, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical solutions.
  • Works with mathematical such as averages and/or variances.


REASONING ABILITY
  • 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 perform under stress in cases of emergency, critical or hazardous situations.
  • 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.

 

CERTIFICATIONS
  • Scrum master certification (CSM) is required
  • Team coach certification (CTC) is preferred


PHYSICAL DEMANDS
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to finger, handle & feel & talk, hear & see.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk & reach with hands & arms.
  • Employee must be able to work more than 40 hrs. per week.

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Work is in Dover, NH and travel to Dover will be part of the bill rate.
  • Work is on site in Dover 5 days a week.
  • Insurance Industry experience required
  • M&A experience is a should have.

James Henry
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