Scrum Master

at Ultimate Staffing
Published September 2, 2022
Location Newport Beach, CA
Category Default  
Job Type Contractor  

Description

Our client in the Insurance industry is currently seeking a Scrum Master.

The Scrum Master who understands how the Scrum framework can enable agility within a team, is passionate about Agile, has the right mindset and is interested in helping to transform IT service areas to a new way of partnering with their customers and delivering value quicker.  We are looking for a motivated individual that has the experience and overall aptitude in the areas listed below.

Duration: 6-month contract
Location: Remote
Hourly Rate: $60 - $63/hr. W2 (Not open to 1099/C2C)

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate and lead Agile events with the goal of delivering customer value and fostering continuous improvement amongst the team and the department
  • Promote communication and collaboration to build consensus for achievement
  • Identify and help remove impediments / distractions that interfere with the team's ability to deliver the sprint goal
  • Empower teams and facilitate creativity while guarding quality and monitoring progress * Provide team with resources, information, communication, and practical advice to enable the team to regularly deliver working software, systems and capabilities to customers
  • Support team with making appropriate commitments through story selection and task definition * Ensure team understands the need for clear and concise Product Backlog items and achieves this through techniques such as user story mapping and definition of ready / done.
  • Proactively manage cross-product team dependencies
  • Update agile tracking systems to provide transparency on Product & Sprint Backlogs * Guide the team and organization on how to use Agile/Scrum practices and values to achieve the desired mindset
  • Build a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis on problem solving.
  • Enforces the values and principles of Agile by focusing on continuous learning and feedback loops
  • Supporting the Product Owner, advocating on their behalf and championing the goals and value delivered along the roadmap:
  • Understand and be able to articulate strategic and product plan goals and progress towards them
  • Supports Product Owner ensuring the product backlog is properly refined - prioritizing to maximize value and using creative techniques for elaborating user stories to be ready for the upcoming 1-2 sprints.
  • Assisting and supporting the Product Owner and Team to continually improve the business value delivered
  • Supporting the organization's Agile journey with the focus on promoting, educating and evangelizing:
  • Work with one or more scrum teams to educate them and promote Agile practices while acting as a Servant Leader
  •  Foster and encourage conversations and collaboration amongst scrum team(s), Product Owner(s), practice areas and potentially Project Managers on the efficient delivery of product increments through self-organized teams
  • Disseminate relevant information to the team, stakeholders, leadership and the PMO as needed. Examples include the tracking and communication of team velocity and sprint / release progress
  • Work with other Scrum Masters and practice leaders to recommend improvements, assist in rolling out changes made to the practice and support the buildout of a continuous process improvement focused organization. * Evangelize and educate the organization on differences and benefits of an Agile mindset, Scrum framework and other techniques required to move the organization forward
  • Participate in the agile community both internal to Corporate IT and external with other practitioners

Qualifications:

  • Senior level equivalent expertise in any technical discipline is desirable
  • Bachelor of Science degree in any Technical, Engineering, Information Systems, or equivalent level experience
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Industry certification preferred
  • Experience as a Scrum Master for IT teams preferred or equivalent track record of applying Scrum principles, practices, and theory in a product centric organization
  •  Advanced understanding and a toolbox of Agile practices such as: retrospectives, daily standups, sprint planning, burn down techniques
  • Experience within a multi-team organization is desirable
  • Ability to collaborate and exercise influence without authority
  • Excellent communication, facilitation, and coaching skills
  • Good skills and knowledge of servant leadership, facilitation, conflict resolution, continual improvement practices.
  • Knowledge of other Agile approaches (XP, Kanban, Lean) and familiarity with scaled agile (SAFe, LeSS, DaD, FLEX).
  • Knowledge and/or experience with widely successful Agile/DevOps techniques: User Stories, ATDD, UTDD, Continuous Integration, Pairing, Agile Games
  • Experience with Azure DevOps preferred, but other Agile team tools such as Jira, Trello, or VSTS is acceptable.
  • Experience with Power BI reporting preferred.
  • Experience with Power Automate is desirable.
  • Participation in industry agile communities of practice desired

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Must have hands on experience successfully facilitating and leading Agile teams

Nice To Have

  • Experience with Azure DevOps and Power BI a plus.

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