Next Step Systems
Senior Scrum Master, Plano, TX
The Scrum Master is responsible for monitoring and facilitating Scrum processes for multiple development teams. Acting as a servant leader and coach, the Scrum Master increases team efficiency, motivates agile teams, removes impediments, and oversees changes that will ensure quality and timely execution to meet business objectives.
– Serve as Scrum Master for multiple teams across the organization.
– Facilitate daily stand-up meetings, sprint planning, sprint reviews, backlog refinement, sprint reviews/demos, and other meetings as needed.
– Own Scrum team processes and balance the relationship with Product Owners, Project Management and other organizations.
– Build team cohesion through collaboration, effective communication, openness, respect, and transparency.
– Support and collaborate with Product Owners to ensure teams are focused on delivering to defined priorities.
– Influence completion of complex, initiatives spanning new products and technologies, customer applications, and product line extensions with an emphasis on commitment and follow-through within an established time-box.
– Utilize effective information radiators for clear, transparent communication to the organization.
– Coach and develop team members, as needed, on agile and Scrum processes.
– Collaborate throughout the organization, with customers, and stakeholders to identify feedback opportunities for continuous team improvement.
– Lead by example and communicate expectations for consistent adherence to established processes.
– Create a culture of learning and excellence through implementing Scrum practices, Agile methodologies, and technical excellence practices.
– Maintain relevant metrics to aid in the guidance of the Scrum teams towards efficient processes and outcomes.
– Demonstrate proactiveness and a sense of urgency in day-to-day tactical work.
– Additional duties, as assigned. Weekend or evening hours may be required to support releases or customer support.
– First level Scrum Master certification (CSM, PSM I) required.
– Technical Project Management background is preferred.
– Bachelor’s degree plus 5 years of software product development experience with at least 2-3 years of experience serving in a full-time Scrum Master role for software development teams that were diligently applying Scrum principles and practices.
– Experience serving as a SCRUM Master on teams developing full-stack commercial applications.
– Outstanding skills and knowledge of servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, coaching and increasing transparency.
– Exemplifies and promotes Agile values and principles.
– Knowledge of agile frameworks/methods (i.e., Scrum, Kanban) and an understanding of software development life cycle models.
– Adept at refinement, story splitting, estimation, velocity, retrospection, and other Scrum techniques.
– Strong understanding and experience with widely successful Agile techniques: User Stories, TDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Continuous Deployment, Pairing, Automated Testing, Agile games.
– Expert knowledge and proficiency with agile development tools such as Gitlab, Jira, etc. and defect management tools and techniques.
– Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including but not limited to Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
– The ability to work independently, as part of a team, or multiple teams working towards simultaneous parallel or independent objectives.
– The ability to type at least 50 words per minute.
– Effective written and oral communication skills.
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