Scrum Master

at NiSource
Published September 1, 2022
Location Merrillville, IN
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


SummaryThe Scrum Master is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum by helping everyone understand Scrum theory, practices, rules and values. The Scrum Master is a servant-leader to the Scrum Team (PO, Development Team and SM) and helps those outside the Scrum Team understand how to interact with the Scrum Team. A Scrum Master serves the scrum team and product owner by ensuring that goals, scope, and product domain are understood by everyone on the scrum team as well as possible. They find techniques for effective product backlog management. They help the scrum team understand the need for clear and concise product backlog items. They help ensure the Product Owner knows how to arrange the product backlog to maximum value. They are responsible for understanding and practicing agility and facilitating scrum events as requested or needed.Principal Duties and Responsibilities* Assesses the Scrum Maturity of the team and coaching the team to higher levels of maturity, at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team and organization* Guides the team and organization on how to use scrum & agile practices methodologies.* Oversees scrum process, coaches the team; facilitates transparent and adaptive team culture.* Leads daily scrum, sprint review, and planning meetings in a way that ensures full team engagement.* Supports and educates the Product Owner, especially on grooming & maintaining the product backlog, and release planning* Removes all impediments to the team's success, such as cultural barriers or logistic challenges, supporting the Product Owner, and ensuring that the team's progress and successes are highly visible to all stakeholders.* Fosters close cooperation across all team members, encourages cross-training and supporting each other.* Facilitates communication and collaboration inside and outside the team.* Shields the team from external interference and ensures the team is fully functional and productive.* Generates agile mindset in team through conversations, coaching, and role playing exercises.* Builds a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of punishment.Required Qualifications for Position* Minimum of 3 years of experience being a Scrum Master* Bachelor's or Master's Degree in IT, Computer Science, or a related discipline* Passion for innovation and "can do" attitude* Able to build a sense of trust and rapport that creates a comfortable & effective workplace.* Able to resolve conflicts within the team before they become an issue, i.e. a strong mediator.* Ability to coach team on agile practices and ensures adherence to agile methodology to deliver maximum business value on time.* Strong communication skills with ability to communicate complex messages and teach new concepts.* Experience in scheduling and coordinating meetings, identifying risks/dependencies/impediments, and coordinating resources and handling multiple priorities required.* Brings a high-energy and passionate outlook to the job and can influence those around themPreferred Additional Qualifications for Position* Certified Scrum Master* Ability to promote innovative thinking and self-improvement within the team.* Confident and skilled at navigating the team through road-blocks to allow sprints to be completed on time.* Past developer experience* Experience in agile development, with specific Scrum Master or similar experience* Familiarity with the Energy IndustryDisclaimerThis description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position.Inclusion & DiversityValue inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others perspectives/convictions, engaging others opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.Treat others with respect and consideration. Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.Equal Employment OpportunityNiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.By applying, you may be considered for other job opportunities.Safety StatementPromote a safe work environment by actively participating in all aspects of our employee safety program. Report any unsafe conditions and take actions to prevent personal injuries. Support our interdependent safety culture by ensuring the safety of your co-workers. Stay focused on the task at hand and promote productivity through good work habits.Posting Start Date:2022-08-19-07:00Posting End Date (if applicable):2022-09-02-07:00Please note that the job posting will close on the day before the posting end date.