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Scrum Master, Agile COE
Ref No.: 17-06208
Location: Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Start Date / End Date: 10/30/2017 to 10/30/2018
Serve as a team Scrum Master to one or more Agile Team in IT organization, championing agile values & principles, process efficiencies, business value generation and team effectiveness. Also assist in IT Agile implementation and programs to drive positive transformational impact across the broader organization. IT Scrum Master will work across various IT functional groups and business stakeholders as needed to help the team deliver to business targets and project/program goals. • Scrum Master for one or two teams and provide direct team support on improving team planning skills, adherence to the various ceremonies and cadence of daily, iteration, and release-level meetings. • Guide the team and organization on how to use Agile/Scrum practices and values to delight customers • Guide the team on how to get the most out of out self organization by improving team collaboration, transparency and meaningful retrospectives • Guide the team on self organizing to fill in the intentional gaps left in the Agile/Scrum frameworks • Remove impediments or guide the team to remove impediments by finding the right personnel to remove the impediment. • Build a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis of healing and problem solving. • Facilitate getting the work done without coercion, assigning, or dictating the work. • Facilitate discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution • Guide the team to increase their transparency and effectively track their progress by leveraging information radiators (burn downs/burn ups charts & metrics) • Model servant leadership and display the behaviors that come with the key mindset shifts associated with Agile methods in leading by example • Take on project governance/deliverable coordination as needed by gathering necessarily paperwork to pass project gates and adhere to standard framework • Continually grow internal competency for Scrum Master tools & techniques

Quals--
Leadership Skills & Characteristics: • Servant Leader – Must be able to garner respect from his/her team and be willing to get their hands dirty to get the job done • Communicative and social – Must be able to communicate well with teams on various levels • Facilitative – Must be able to lead and demonstrate value-add principles to a team • Initiative & Drive – Must be able to ensure Agile/Scrum concepts and principles are adhered to, must be able to be a voice of reason and authority, make the tough calls. • Situationally Aware – Must be the first to notice differences and issues as they arise and elevate them to management • Enthusiastic – Must be high-energy and motivational • Continual improvement – Must continually be growing ones craft learning new tools and techniques to manage oneself and a team • Conflict resolution – Must be able to facilitate discussion and facilitate alternatives or different approaches to conflict/issues • Attitude of empowerment – Must be able to lead a team to self-organization • Attitude of transparency – Must desire to bring disclosure and transparency to the business about development and grow business trust Technical Skills: • Proficient and able to teach fundamentals of Agile & Scrum approach, roles & processes • Advanced experience & knowledge of other processes and methodologies and can speak intelligently about them and leverage other techniques to provide value to a team/enterprise • Proficient on fundamentals of software/project development processes and procedures • Proficient knowledge of incremental delivery and the value of metrics • Proficient knowledge of backlog tracking, burndown metrics, velocity, and task definition • Proficient and able to teach common Agile practices, service-oriented environments, and better development practices • Understand the value of commitments to delivery made by a development team Education and Background: • BA or BS degree or progressive work experience over 10 years in relevant areas • Over 5 years leading large programs or teams in the agile or project/program area • Demonstrated experience using Scrum or Agile • CSM or other Agile proficiency certifications