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Scrum Master II
Ref No.: 18-00620
Location: Houston, Texas
• Play a key role in the definition, development, implementation, and ongoing improvement of Agile practices (with an emphasis on Scrum) within the team
• 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 the progress during a sprint
• Responsible for leading the continual Agile transformation and practices as well as promoting accountability and transparency across all levels of the organization

Responsibilities:
• Work directly with product owners to build a mature backlog and translate that backlog concisely to the development team
• Track iteration's progress daily, report impediments, ensure the sprint's commitment will be fulfilled, and point out bottlenecks and/or possible risks in the delivery process.
• Shield the team from distractions so focus can remain on delivery
• Work with product owner to manage change requests to ensure there is no disruption to current deliverables
• Collaborate with product owners to assist with prioritization and keep team motivated
• Serve as a senior team member, responsible for facilitating the adoption, implementation and sustainability of Agile processes, principles, and practices
• Responsible for sprint planning, product demos, retrospectives, and team metrics
• Educate and support the team throughout the agile transformation process
• Provide 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
• Support the Agile team in their development, playbook creation, and in establishing consistent best practices
• Define relevant metrics that help the program see how they are doing
• 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
• Foster speed, innovation and encourage continuous improvement

Knowledge:
• Proficient with agile methodologies and frameworks like Scrum and Kanban
• Proven ability in building effective partnership with diverse groups in multiple locations/environments
• Aptitude for learning and using technology for both teaching and action research
• Able to garner respect throughout the organization at all levels
• Willing and able to quickly gain a high-level understanding of the technical and business domains of the Scrum teams
• Strong presentation and communication skills
• Deep understanding of common Agile practices and better product envisioning and development practices
• Understanding of fundamentals of iterative development, software development processes and procedures
• Able to quickly understand at a detailed level the architectural dependencies of technologies in use in the mobile app environment
• Knowledgeable of the ever-changing mobile application industry and ability to share trends, standards, and best practices with the team

Qualifications/Skills:
Required -
• 5+ years of IT experience
• 2+ years of experience as a ScrumMaster, Product Owner or Agile Coach
• Experience working as an Agile Coach / ScrumMaster across multiple teams that are both local and remote
• Experience working with modern technology such as web service, xml, json, iOS and Android platform features

Preferred -
• 1+ years of experience with Mobile Application development teams
• 1+ years of experience working with Customer Facing Digital Channels
• Experience with tools that facilitate agile development such as Jira, Taiga, Rally, Team Foundation Server, etc.
• Experience in creating training materials and sharing knowledge at different levels
• CSM/CSPO Certification or PMI-ACP preferred