Job Description

Reference # : 18-01664Title : *Scrum Master IV
Location : Chicago, IL
Position Type : Contract
Experience Level : Start Date / End Date : 09/18/2018 / 11/20/2018
Description
Description:
• As ScrumMaster, you play a key role in the definition, development, implementation, and ongoing improvement of Agile practices (with an emphasis on Scrum) within the organization
• You will facilitate sprint planning, retrospective, and daily activities related to stand-ups and sprint burn down; as well as maintain relevant metrics that help the team see and understand their progress during a sprint
• In this role you'll own and resolve identified impediments
• A successful Scrum Master will be able to work with both waterfall and agile teams and be able to provide the deliverables requested for large enterprise level projects
• Responsible for leading the continual Agile transformation and practices as well as promoting accountability and transparency across all levels of the organization
• You will be the main go-to person for the team to connect them to the proper teams within the organization and provide project plans for the project
• The role also encompasses supporting releases and supporting the development team by being the point of contact between them, as well as the rest of the scrum team, to other teams which help enable the product
• This role is for those who like to roll up their sleeves and bring the team together to deliver products successfully while supporting the scrum teams to follow the agile principles

Responsibilities Strategies and Leadership:
• Responsible for facilitating the adoption, implementation and sustainability of Agile processes, principles, and practices
• Lead the scaling of Agile from team level to enterprise level
• Act as a change agent and as part of the team of scrum masters leading and supporting teams and individuals in their Agile journey
• Make decisions and independently drive any aspect of Agile rollout at a team and management level
• Provide high-touch and hands-on team guidance, support, and coaching in close cooperation and collaboration across all roles and functions, to facilitate increasing maturity at a sustainable pace
• Actively build and contribute to the company's Agile Community and develop Communities of Practice
• Support Agile teams in their development, playbook creation, and in establishing consistent best practices
• Collaborate with non-Agile team, educate and support them throughout transformation
• Define relevant metrics that help the program see how they are doing
• Inspire all stakeholders at any level in their Agile transition.
• Develop, coach, and mentor team members to advance their skills and career
• Build trust with the business [IT or other Divisions] and throughout the organization
• Perform ongoing assessments of the teams' Scrum maturity to inform ongoing support decisions
• Advise on dependency management techniques between internal teams and third parties, release managers, or between Agile teams
• Quickly establish collaborative partnership with key stakeholders and build trust to ensure leadership buy-in across both Business and IT - Become a strategic partner in organizational road mapping and structuring to drive increased ROI, greater adoption and higher transformation success
• Foster speed, innovation and encourage continuous improvement

Education:
• Bachelor's Degree and/or equivalent work experience required

Certification:
• CSM/CSPO Certification or PMI-ACP preferred

Knowledge/Skills Required:
• Scrum Practices
• Proficient with common Agile practices, including Kanban
• Proven ability in building effective partnership with diverse groups in multiple locations/environments
• Working knowledge of .NET and mobile frameworks and architecture
• Aptitude for learning and using technology for both teaching and action research
• Able to garner respect throughout the organization at all levels
• Thought Leader - Challenge status quo and grow every day. Able to build trust and earn respect at all levels within the company
• Communicative and facilitative - Able to communicate well with all levels of the organization from Scrum team members to executives. Able to lead and demonstrate value-add principles to a team in a collaborative way and influence employees at all levels
• Assertive - Ensure Agile/Scrum concepts and principles are adhered to, be a voice of reason and authority, make the tough calls and manage conflicts
• Enthusiastic - High-energy and inspire others
• Continuous Improvement - Continually growing one's craft, learning new tools and techniques to manage oneself and a team
• Managing with Metrics – Able to help leaders & teams define clear metrics and coach them to have a data driven approach for decision making
• Willing and able to quickly gain a high-level understanding of the technical and business domains of the Scrum teams
• Outstanding presentation and communication record (conference presentation, professional community events)
• Deep understanding of common Agile practices and better product envisioning and development practices
• Superb conflict resolution and consensus building skills
• Understanding of fundamentals of iterative development, software development processes and procedures

Skill Level:Senior Level (greater than 8 yrs exp.)

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