Agile Scrum Master in Jersey City, NJ at Signature Consultants

Date Posted: 9/25/2020

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Agile Scrum Master Summary:

Signature consultants is seeking an Agile Scrum Master for an opportunity with a client in Jersey City, NJ. The Agile Scrum Master will contribute to programs/projects specific to corporate change initiatives that have significant impact on how the company does business, provides a product or service, or executes a function. Skilled Scrum Master in coaching new Agile teams, cross-functional team members (Dev, QA, BA, Architecture), Product Owners, and Product Managers to achieve best practices. Ability to facilitate the Agile methodology and activities. Provides a vision and strategy; coaches and calibrates the team; enables a culture of continuous improvement.

Required Skills:

  • 7-10+ years technology experience in IT full development life cycle
  • Direct Experience with Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Strong understanding of Agile principles, concepts, and ceremonies
  • Scrum, Kanban, and Lean Agile experience
  • Knowledge and experience with Agile techniques - Automated Testing, User Stories, TDD, Continuous Integration, Estimating, Testing, Pairing, Agile Games, etc.
  • Able to quickly establish collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders and team members to help them on their journey of adopting Agile; Strong collaboration and influencing skills; ability to establish and maintain strong relationships, establish credibility, build consensus, and achieve goals through influence
  • Has faced difficult challenges, group dynamics, organizational impediments, and has become a coach to teams, managers and others
  • Possesses conflict resolution skills and a focus on scrum values of openness, honesty and respect
  • Can prepare and deliver effective communication of progress including the use of agile metrics
  • Ability to understand technical issues at a high level
  • Experience of diverse technologies, industries & teams is essential as well as experience of working with both collocated and distributed team members
  • Multi-methodology environment - ability to embrace various methodologies, not just Scrum but also XP, Kanban, SAFe and experience integrating with tracks of work being run using different methodologies, including waterfall
  • Serve one or more teams (medium to high complexity) tied to our transformation objectives using the SAFe framework
  • Must be "self-motivated" as well as creative and effective in empowering team members
  • The ability to distinguish between what "is Scrum" what is "not Scrum"

Desired Skills:

  • Scrum Master certification (CSM, PSM I, SAFe SM) preferred
  • JIRA Software Experience
  • CSPO and/or SAFe PMPO certification a plus
  • 5+ years of experience in a software development environment preferably involving cross-team dependencies
  • Experience working on large and complex systems with multiple stakeholders
  • Financial Services technology experience a plus

Key Responsibilities:

  • Experienced with the Scrum Framework: understands the role of Scrum, how to work, and providing Scrum process expertise and coaching
  • Acts as a Servant Leader
  • Helps resolve team conflict
  • Coaches the Team to achieve Sprint Goals
  • Coaches the Team to adhere to Sprint timelines
  • Builds and develops a high-performance Team
  • Promotes self-help / self-organization within the teams
  • Schedules, facilitates and coaches Agile routines and ceremonies including Sprint Planning, Daily Scrums, Backlog Refinement, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective and PI Planning)
  • Helps support agile tool adoption and consistent utilization - maintains CA Agile Central (Rally) and ensures the team is tracking and communicating team progress and metrics (burn down / velocity) - uses these tools to inform coaching and continuous improvement
  • Helps establish and support consistent reporting practices across the teams
  • Helps to foster a culture of continuous improvement
  • Works with Product Owners to establish and maintain Product/Story Roadmaps.
  • Ensures priorities are understood and the backlog aligns (w/ PO)
  • Helps protect the development team from external requests during the Sprint work
  • Helps to remove or facilitate removal of impediments the team cannot resolve on their own
  • Works closely with other Scrum Masters to exchange best practices and help to continually improve the process
  • Drives maturity curve of agile adoption, partially based on company specific guidance - the rest based on industry norms and emerging trends
  • Guides and serves teams that deliver technology solutions, through effective application of the Lean/Agile principles and frameworks including Scrum, Kanban Method and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Facilitates the creation and adoption of working agreements and definitions of ready / definition of done, including use of appropriate tools, standards and best practices
  • Facilitates and enables an environment of collaboration, innovation and creativity
  • Challenges and enables the team to continuously improve through intentional Lean and data driven inspect and adapt cycles

About Signature Consultants, LLC

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Signature Consultants was established in 1997 with a singular focus: to provide clients and consultants with superior staffing solutions. For the ninth consecutive year, Signature was voted as one of the "Best Staffing Firms to Work For" and is now the 14th largest IT staffing firm in the United States (source: Staffing Industry Analysts). With 28 locations throughout North America, Signature annually deploys thousands of consultants to support, run, and manage their clients' technology needs. Signature offers IT staffing, consulting, managed solutions, and direct placement services. For more information on the company, please visit Signature Consultants is the parent company to Hunter Hollis and Madison Gunn.