Scrum Master

at Alpha Consulting
Published September 7, 2022
Location Plainsboro Township, NJ
Category Default  
Job Type Contractor  



1. Expert in using Azure DevOps for scrum planning and execution.
2. Strong technical background in understanding the business process and technical work required in MarTech landscape.
3. Minimum 3-5 years of scrum master experiences in both new projects and production support environments.

Project Description:

  • Understand team resource roles, responsibilities, and capabilities to ensure proper task allocation and workload balance.
  • Ensure all change requests are registered in Azure DevOps (ADO) as features with change request.
  • Support Business Analyst (BA) to approve/reject/pause new change requests in Change Advisory Board and set ADO state accordingly (analysing/closed/paused).
  • Tag change requests in ADO based on priority rules and sort the priority accordingly.
  • Lead BA and team leads to breakdown all new change requests into user stories with each less than 8 points.
  • Facilitate scope and requirements clarification between BA and team leads, revise user stories for complex features/user stories if needed.
  • Assign features to estimated go live iteration per story points or LoB deadline.
  • Assign user stories to iterations according to feature deadline and story points.
  • Conduct backlog refinement to make sure all team understand the feature/user stories.
  • Re-assign feature/user story priorities and iterations per refinement.
  • Identify list of features/user stories for next iteration 2 week before iteration starts.
  • Identify tasks needed to ensure all features/user stories are ready per Definition of Ready 1 week before iteration starts.
  • Ensure team completes tasks needed to make all user stories ready.
  • Lock down list of features/user stories for next iteration 3 days before Iteration Planning.
  • Breakdown user stories into tasks before Iteration Planning 1 day before Iteration Planning.
  • Conduct Iteration Planning - refine tasks, assign resources per feature priority, finalize all task assignment, balance workload.
  • Conduct daily standup, update status.
  • Ensure planning of all features with estimated go live date.
  • Ensure release note is sent on the same day after each iteration is completed.
  • Conduct retrospective at the end of each iteration.
  • Ensure 80% of all planned tasks in an iteration are completed initially and reach 90% goal in 2 months.
  • Coach resources to update ADO daily so actual load/progress can be updated correctly.
  • Coach team members individually not to provide status update but just simple standard scrum answers during daily standup.
  • Coach team members to handle emergency change requests and prioritization of work and resources.
  • Ensure at least 1 feature is deployed to production in every iteration.
  • Ensure 80% of resources are properly allocated on the day iteration planning session is completed.

Required Skills:

  • Expert in identifying root causes and resolutions of impediments in scrum planning to achieve iteration goals.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in managing scrum for a team of 15 resources onshore and offshore.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/teams concurrently and independently.
  • Skilled in working with each resource individually to remove their impediments.

This 12+ month position starts ASAP.

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