Scrum Master

Mid or Senior Level Position

District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
CI Poly

Job Description
The selected candidate will join a high-performing agile team that uses the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) methodology to support a nationally significant and fast-paced program. Program execution follows DevOps best practices and employs robust development, test, and production environments. Behavior Driven Development (BDD) and test automation tools are utilized alongside a full suite of team collaboration tools. The program is focused on injecting new technology and adding advanced capabilities in support of an ongoing operational system.

Selected candidates will work within a large-scale software and hardware integration effort and will be responsible for facilitating one large complex agile team or several small agile teams as part of a larger Agile Release Train (ART) delivering value to the customer using Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) as the agile framework. Scrum Masters will help educate the self-organizing teams in Scrum or Kanban to ensure that the agile process is being followed and will help remove impediments and foster an environment for high-performing team dynamics, continuous flow, and relentless improvement. Scrum Masters will work with team members to ensure that the team’s commitments at the Program Increment (PI) Planning is met and will facilitate horizontal communication across team members to identify any impediments that may prevent team progress while working on mitigation plans. Scrum Masters will be responsible for sensing, determining, and leading discussions when issues need to be analyzed or triaged and for making improvements in determining and implementing improvements to processes. Strong attention to detail and focus on task completion is critical.

Primary Responsibilities
• Responsible for facilitating self-organizing team(s) to ensure the team is making progress against Program Increment commitments
• Protects the team from scope creep during the execution of the PI
• Removes impediments for the team and coordinates with the Release Train Engineer in implementing solutions
• Helps team members communicate, coordinate, and cooperate
• Supports and enforces Scrum process and other rules
• Ensures that the team has a clear understanding of the Definition of Done and how to meet it
• Coordinates with other teams on the Agile Release Train (ART) and communicates status to management
• Works with the Product Owner(s) to review and prioritize features
• Leads and facilitates SAFe ceremonies to include sprint planning, sprint review, demos, sprint retro, and PI planning
• Works with Product Owner(s) to develop User Stories to meet the Feature acceptance criteria
• Maintains and generates information radiators for the teams
• Collects and shares team metrics with the team determines when new metrics are needed, and develops improvements in metrics
• Coaches teams on agile and scrum principles with a goal of continuous improvement
• Observes team dynamics, recognizes strengths and weaknesses of individual team member’s contributions, and coaches the team as a whole driving improvements in productivity
• Creates a fun sharing and learning environment, experimenting with various ideas to improve delivery including pair-programming and cross-functional training
• Promotes teamwork to achieve sprint goals
• Leads teams towards agile maturity

Basic Qualifications
• At least 3 years of experience working as a Scrum Master for a software development or similar technical team
• Certified Scrum Master (CSM), SAFe Scrum Master (SSM) or similar agile project management certification (PMI-ACP)
• Experience using agile project management tools (e.g. Jira, VersionOne, Rallye, IBM RTC)
• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, and time management skills are a must
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, across diverse systems and groups

Preferred Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in a technical field such as System Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering Science, Engineering Management, or related discipline
• Experience working with large software systems including hardware integration and test
• Experience working within an Agile environment or program
• Experience working with multi-disciplinary technical development teams
• Experience using SAFe as the agile development methodology
• Experience-affecting change in organizations working towards agile adoption
• Experience with applying test automation, test-driven development, continuous integration, and continuous deployment to achieve built-in quality by the team
• Experience using Kanban as a means to improve flow on support teams

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