Sr. Scrum master

Washington, DC 20052

Posted: 06/18/2019 Employment Type: Temp to Perm Job Category: IT/Ops Job Number: 12963

Blackstone Technology Group, an award winning technology consulting and staffing firm, is seeking an Senior Scrum Master, to work at our client site in Washington, DC. 

Responsibilities:

Organize and facilitate SCRUM ceremonies: daily standups, Sprint Planning/Grooming, Sprint Reviews/Demos, and Retrospectives
Maintain JIRA and other information radiators for the teams
Mentor and coach team members on core Agile values, principles, practices, and processes
Enable team to become self-organizing and self-managing to achieve its goals
Work with the Product Management team to develop release plans and ensure product backlogs are well-groomed, prioritized and visible to all stakeholders
Motivate teams to perform and ensure team members are collectively responsible for all aspects of the committed work (analysis, development, testing, documentation, etc.)
Identify, address, and communicate project risks, dependencies, and team impediments
Ensure the team’ s “ definition of done” is well defined on the story, sprint, and release levels
Facilitate productivity through discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution
Shield the team from external interferences
Assist with internal and external communication, and improving transparency
Build a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised with an emphasis on problem solving
Assess the Scrum maturity of the team and coach the team to higher levels of maturity at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team
Coach a continuous improvement mindset and recommend adjustments to established delivery practices
Participate in Scrum of Scrum meetings to ensure cross-team collaboration and coordination of release plans and integration of testing activities
Establish and maintain strong working relationships with all stakeholders, including customers

Required Qualifications and Competencies:

Bachelor’ degree plus 8 years’ experience
First level Scrum Master certification (CSM and/or PMI-ACP)
Experience managing projects following Agile methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming, and SAFe
Experience managing multi-system projects and self-organized, cross-functional project teams in a matrixed environment
Familiar with Agile values, principles, processes, and methods such as iterative and incremental development, continuous integration, test-driven development (TDD), unit testing, code refactoring, pair programming, and Scrum ceremonies
Experience working with customers in gathering requirements, modeling use cases, writing user stories and documenting business processes
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and be effective at communicating with both technical and non-technical audiences
Moderate knowledge of the JIRA tracking tool
Energetic, goal oriented, proactive, innovative, hardworking, and patient
 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

PMP certification and Second level Scrum Master certification (CSP, SAFe Agilist, SAFe Practitioner)
3-5 years agile team facilitation experience (e.g. Scrum Master, Agile Facilitator etc.)
1-2 years program coaching/mentoring (2-3 portfolios, 5-10 teams)
Agile coaching certification (ICAgile ACC, CSC etc. or equivalent)
SAFe 4.5 certification - preferably SPC
Familiarity with other tracking tools such as HEAT, TFS, and ClearQuest
Experience on multiple Scrum teams in a variety of different contexts (different team sizes, different organizations, different cultures, co-located vs. distributed, etc.)
Track record of continued and recent education in Scrum, including training, conferences, user groups and self-study
Some knowledge of development environments, platforms, and technologies including .NET (C#), Visual Studio, JavaScript/JQuery, CSS, HTML, XML, and SQL.
Well versed in a variety of agile approaches (Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, Lean at a minimum)
Experience providing program, portfolio and team level process, mentoring and coaching to senior leadership, portfolio managers and teams
Experience providing training, to include Just In Time (JIT) training, to support new projects and team formations
Experience with ad-hoc coaching and mentoring techniques
Experience with service desk/help desk approaches in an emerging agile environment

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’ degree plus 8 years’ experience
First level Scrum Master certification (CSM and/or PMI-ACP)
Experience managing projects following Agile methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming, and SAFe
Experience managing multi-system projects and self-organized, cross-functional project teams in a matrixed environment
Familiar with Agile values, principles, processes, and methods such as iterative and incremental development, continuous integration, test-driven development (TDD), unit testing, code refactoring, pair programming, and Scrum ceremonies
Experience working with customers in gathering requirements, modeling use cases, writing user stories and documenting business processes
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and be effective at communicating with both technical and non-technical audiences
Moderate knowledge of the JIRA tracking tool
Energetic, goal oriented, proactive, innovative, hardworking, and patient

Blackstone is a global IT services and solutions firm that implements digital transformation solutions across commercial industry verticals and the US Federal Government. Blackstone was founded in 1998, and has offices in San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Colorado Springs, and Washington, DC. We specialize in IT staffing and place both technical and creative talent across a variety of industries and sectors.
 
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