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Scrum Master
Ref No.: 17-00429
Location: Schenectady, New York
Position Type:Direct Placement
Start Date: 07/24/2017
Tailwind Associates, an EOE, has a full time opportunity with our client in Schenectady, NY for a Scrum Master
Job Description
Candidates for Scrum Master need to be confident, organized, personable, great communicators and problem solvers. Have some technical ability but development experience is not required. The SCRUM Master is accountable for leading and coordinating successful IT initiatives, driving rapid realization of the company's corporate strategic goals through initiative delivery and execution to meet needs and expectations of company customers and business partners. The individual will coordinate planning, collaboration, reporting and execution activities across multiple cross discipline teams. The Scrum Master works with Product Owners and Scrum Teams to apply implement and enforce Scrum principles and practices, facilitating continuous improvement, and identifying and removing impediments to delivery.
  • Facilitate the work of one to two development teams. 
  • Prepare for and facilitate daily scrum meetings, biweekly sprint planning, review, retrospective, backlog grooming meetings, and planning poker sessions with Scrum team
  • Create, maintain, and organize backlog of features, epics, stories, and tasks in TFS
  • Provide input to release planning using team capacity and skill set information.
  • Compile, analyze, and present statistics about time estimation accuracy, team velocity, and burndown rate to development team and management each sprint
  • Create and maintain statistics on story lifetime to assess efficiency of requirements throughput
  • Support scrum of scrum reporting and planning, focusing on integration of scrum team schedules and work products
  • Communicate team progress and dependencies with other team leads during scrum of scrums
  • Interface with business, test, and user support teams to receive requirements information and forward updates on feature progress.
  • Review and provide feedback on drafted user stories and epics to ensure alignment with general Agile user story standards
  • Create general Agile graphics and assist product manager and EPMO with executive briefings
  • Be an advocate for the Agile and Scrum methodology
  • Training and mentoring staff on Agile processes
  • Facilitating discussions with stakeholders for implementing within the sprint framework
  • Conducting daily Scrum meetings with solution delivery teams
  • Communicating across teams and departments, encourage collaboration and remove obstacles
  • Building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis on problem solving
  • Facilitating getting the work done without coercion, assigning, or dictating the work
  • Facilitating discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution
  • Fostering transparency across teams and department boundaries
  • Providing all support to the team using a servant leadership style whenever possible, and leading by example
  • Assessing the Scrum Maturity of the team and organization to coach the team to higher levels of maturity at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team and organization
  • Working in a .NET environment

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, sex or age.