Sr. Scrum Master

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

This is a Consulting to perm position for a Scrum Master with our direct client in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.
The ScrumMaster is a key role in Agile software development responsible for ensuring that Scrum practices and processes are followed by the team. The ScrumMaster serves as the liaison between the Product Owner and the Agile software development team. This role helps the team reach peak productivity, coaches and mentors resources, resolves impediments that block a team and help track their progress. The ScrumMaster also plays a critical role in the adoption of Scrum and other Agile development practices by the organization. This ScrumMaster also plays the role of Technical Delivery Manager and has to be hands on with the team in pushing projects forward (Doing whatever it takes).

This role requires a team member that will not only run Agile/Delivery Lead projects but spend 20% of the time managing and coaching other Scrum Masters

Responsibilities and Tasks

Must have significant experience ramping up, coaching and mentoring teams to peak productivity working in a complex inter dependent software development environment.

The successful candidate will be considered a subject-matter expert in Scrum software development methodology, be an effective communicator with strong servant leadership skills, have excellent logic and problem solving skills and a drive to make a difference.
SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework is a plus)
Liaison & Communication

Serve as liaison between technical and non-technical (business) departments.
Communicate with other management, developers, product managers, product relationship and technical support specialists on product issues.
Facilitate Software Development

Organize and facilitate project planning, daily stand-up meetings, reviews, retrospectives, sprint and release planning, demos and other Scrum-related meetings.
Track and communicate team velocity and sprint/release progress.
Maintain process documentation.
Ensure the development teams are practicing the core Agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, team accountability, and visibility.
Experience with introduction of Agile in a hybrid environment (waterfall) and interfacing between the two is a plus.
Working with PMO to ensure they have information they require.

Assist as needed with backlog maintenance.
Assist with internal and external communication, improving transparency, and radiating information.
Assist with prioritization and resolution of defects / bugs.
Team & Process Management

Participate proactively in developing and maintaining team standards, tools, and best practices.
Identify and remove impediments, prevents distractions to the team.
Facilitate discussion and conflict resolution.
Empower the team to self-organize.
Candidate could be expected to spend up to 20% of his/her time coaching and mentoring other members of the team, some management of other resources a plus.
Reporting lines
This role reports into the Director of Delivery

Skills: This needs to be an individual that puts the team before themselves. They will be responsible for enforcing the rules of Scrum, removing impediments from their team while promoting self-management and constantly improving standards of work.

Qualifications: Required

Thorough understanding of Scrum software development methodology, values, practices and procedures
Deep understanding of Agile principles and iterative development methodologies
Familiarity with Microsoft and software development
Experience with Rally, Jira or Microsoft TFS / Visual Team Services (a plus)
Ability to understand technical issues and identify the means to resolving them
Strong analytical and problem solving skills with a high attention to detail.
Creative and efficient in proposing solutions to complex, time-critical problems
Ability to deal with multiple projects and deadlines
Collaborative in driving decisions.
Ability to coach the team to reach their highest potential
Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work with diverse personality types.
Works smart by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well in order to produce quality work
Background in Technical Project Management

Qualifications: Preferred

Experience with Agile transformation in an organization
Experience working with large programs that use multiple Agile teams
Hands on experience with metrics and tracking tools used in Scrum
Experience with scaling Agile in the enterprise

Minimum six years' experience leading enterprise solutions design and development efforts
Knowledge of the Microsoft Development tools

Good knowledge of regional issues and structures, ability to work with people from many different cultural backgrounds Education
Certified ScrumMaster with at least 2 + years of experience in this role post certification

Management and Competencies

Must have effective communication with strong leadership skills, have excellent logic and problem solving skills and a drive to make a difference.
Experience managing the development, implementation and support of enterprise solutions
Capable of managing internal ITS teams, contractors and onshore / offshore partner resources
Demonstrated experience developing team members and being a role model
Ability to work across business and technical teams
Good written and verbal communication skills with the ability to document and communicate technical information to IT professionals
International experience with the ability to work in a diverse work environment across cultures and time-zones; available to travel (internationally) at short notice and host/attend international calls outside of standard working hours

Education: Education / Academics

Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college/university in Computer Science or related field

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