Scrum Master in Chicago, IL at Signature Consultants

Date Posted: 1/2/2020

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Scrum Master Summary:

Signature Consultants is seeking a Scrum Master for an opportunity in Downtown Chicago (easy CTA or Metra Access). The client is flexible with work hours with an occasional work from home option. The teams are based out of Chicago and India so coordination at early (7AM) or late hours (8PM) should be expected.

Project: Team develops software and distributes it to our regional companies in many areas of the globe including India, Mexico, UK, Hong Kong and others.


  • Play a key role in the definition, development, implementation, and ongoing improvement of Agile practices (with an emphasis on Scrum) within the team
  • Facilitate sprint planning, retrospective, and daily activities related to stand-ups and sprint burn down; as well as maintain relevant metrics that help the team see and understand the progress during a sprint
  • Responsible for leading the continual Agile transformation and practices as well as promoting accountability and transparency across all levels of the organization


  • Work directly with product owners to build a mature backlog and translate that backlog concisely to the development team
  • Track iteration's progress daily, report impediments, ensure the sprint's commitment will be fulfilled, and point out bottlenecks and/or possible risks in the delivery process
  • Shield the team from distractions so focus can remain on delivery
  • Work with product owner to manage change requests to ensure there is no disruption to current deliverables
  • Collaborate with product owners to assist with prioritization and keep team motivated
  • Serve as a senior team member, responsible for facilitating the adoption, implementation and sustainability of Agile processes, principles, and practices
  • Responsible for sprint planning, product demos, retrospectives, and team metrics
  • Educate and support the team throughout the agile transformation process
  • Provide hands-on team guidance, support, and coaching in close cooperation and collaboration across all roles and functions, to facilitate increasing maturity at a sustainable pace
  • Support the Agile team in their development, playbook creation, and in establishing consistent best practices
  • Define relevant metrics that help the program see how they are doing
  • Build trust with the business [IT or other Divisions] and throughout the organization
  • Perform ongoing assessments of the teams' Scrum maturity to inform ongoing support decisions
  • Advise on dependency management techniques between internal teams and third parties, release managers, or between Agile teams
  • Quickly establish collaborative partnership with key stakeholders and build trust to ensure leadership buy-in across both Business and IT
  • Foster speed, innovation and encourage continuous improvement

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Proficient with agile methodologies and frameworks like Scrum and Kanban
  • Proven ability in building effective partnership with diverse groups in multiple locations/environments
  • Aptitude for learning and using technology for both teaching and action research
  • Able to garner respect throughout the organization at all levels
  • Willing and able to quickly gain a high-level understanding of the technical and business domains of the Scrum teams
  • Strong presentation and communication skills
  • Deep understanding of common Agile practices and better product envisioning and development practices
  • Understanding of fundamentals of iterative development, software development processes and procedures ***


  • 3- 5+ years of IT experience as a ScrumMaster, Product Owner or Agile Coach
  • Experience working as an Agile Coach / ScrumMaster across multiple teams that are both local and remote
  • CSM/CSPO Certification or PMI-ACP


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience with tools that facilitate agile development such as Jira, Taiga, Rally, Team Foundation Server, etc.
  • Experience in creating training materials and sharing knowledge at different levels

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.