Scrum Master

at Experis
Location Carmel, IN
Date Posted August 25, 2021
Category Default
Job Type Contractor


Location: HQ Carmel, IN | Mostly Remote- hybrid preferred
1 Year Contract (to start)
Industry: Energy/ Electrical Engineering
Negotiable based on experience + health insurance
Reporting to:
Sr. Manager of Software Development

Job Summary
This position will perform all aspects of project and program management for infrastructure and software development projects and/or Scrum Master role on Agile based projects. The position will also act in a supportive manner to maintain and continuously improve the Business and Digital Transformation division.

Required Training & Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree is required
  • Approximately 8 years of relevant (IT, Energy, Engineering) Project Management experience, and 3 years of Program Management experience preferred
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) experience required, certification preferred bonus
  • Experience with Project Management Office (PMO) preferred
  • PMP Certification preferred
  • One or more of the following: Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP), and/ or Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Certifications. Experience preferred over certifications.

Technical Knowledge, Skills, and Capabilities

  • Strong and effective communication skills; ability to TEACH and facilitate large groups
  • Know the difference between Scrum and Agile (such as Agile Manifesto, AM 12 Principles, Scrum Guide)
  • Knowledge on Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) and ideally be able to facilitate
  • Multiple SDLC Methodologies
  • Possess functional knowledge of maturity frameworks and practices and can apply them
  • Data Center/ Infrastructure familiarity
  • Possess foundational understanding of IT concepts and principles
  • Possesses experience leading large/ complex IT programs and projects
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Understanding NERC, FERC compliance requirements
  • Proficient with SDLC tools like Jira, Confluence, and basic project management tools like MS Project and Visio
  • Demonstrates ability and knowledge of thoughtful leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency
  • Knowledge of other Agile approaches: XP, Kanban, Crystal, FDD, etc.

Essential Capabilities and Responsibilities

  • Ensures team processes are documented, visible, and followed.
  • Collaborates with the development team to create high-value products (such as capturing metrics and making releases visible).
  • Removes impediments to the development team's progress.
  • Reviews the burndown chart at each standup with the team.
  • Ensures the Scrum ceremonies are being held properly even if they are not the faciliatory (facilitate, as needed).
  • Ensures there are two sprints of stories pointed in the product/sprint backlog.
  • Ensures the team is adhering to the sprint backlog/board process.
  • Ensures there is always a sprint goal.
  • Ensures stories are ready for refinement based on the definition of ready for refinement.
  • Uses t-shirt size, story point, velocity, and iterations to forecast, related to product planning in an empirical environment.
  • Ensures the Product Owner has the backlog prioritized.
  • Participates as an active member in the organization's Scrum adoption community.
  • Coaches others outside of the team on Scrum, related to enact Scrum and empirical product development.
  • Participates in Scrum Master communities of practices, Scrum of Scrum, Agile Guild, CoP, etc...
  • Oversee and ensure appropriate operational, strategic and communication support is provided to projects.

In addition to the above, the Scrum Master must exhibit and/ or excel in the following:

  • Coaches Scrum Framework, Agile Methodology and Self-Organization to the team (with a focus on areas for process improvements based on previous experience).
  • Collaborates with the development team to create high-value products (such as developing metrics and sharing their meaning/purpose).
  • Ensures impediments do not reoccur.
  • Analyzes the burndown chart and makes suggestions to the team on how to correct the burndown.
  • Obtains team buy-in to the Scrum ceremonies.
  • Coaches the Product Owner on tools and techniques to develop the product/sprint backlog.
  • Knowledgeable in other Agile frameworks and can facilitate them.
  • Ensures there is a road map and epics.
  • Coaches the Product Owner on techniques for effective product backlog management.
  • Knowledgeable in story mapping and example mapping techniques (facilitate, as needed).
  • Coaches the Product Owner on techniques to ensure the stories are able to meet the team's definition of ready for refinement.
  • Collaborates with the Product Owner in generating forecasts using the team's story points.
  • Tracks progress using the proper burndown.
  • Understands how to provide a value metric at the appropriate level and coach the Product Owner on how to use that metric to prioritize the backlog.
  • Makes appropriate relationships with the business to understand the value and road map plans (such as sharing awareness of the 5-year business plans).
  • Leads topics in the organization's Scrum adoption community (such as Agile guild).
  • Creates relationships with business management to coach them and their employees on Scrum, related to empirical product development.
  • Influences change that increases the productivity of the Scrum team (such as working with organizations outside of Application Development to ensure smooth coloration and hand offs for work).
  • Leads initiatives within the Scrum Master communities of practice.