Job Description

Ref No.:19-03153
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Organize and facilitate SCRUM ceremonies: daily standups, Sprint Planning/Grooming, Sprint Reviews/Demos, and Retrospectives
  • Maintain JIRA and other information radiators for the teams
  • Mentor and coach team members on core Agile values, principles, practices, and processes
  • Enable team to become self-organizing and self-managing to achieve its goals
  • Work with the Product Management team to develop release plans and ensure product backlogs are well-groomed, prioritized and visible to all stakeholders
  • Motivate teams to perform and ensure team members are collectively responsible for all aspects of the committed work (analysis, development, testing, documentation, etc.)
  • Identify, address, and communicate project risks, dependencies, and team impediments
  • Ensure the team's "definition of done" is well defined on the story, sprint, and release levels
  • Facilitate productivity through discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution
  • Shield the team from external interferences
  • Assist with internal and external communication, and improving transparency
  • Build a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised with an emphasis on problem solving
  • Assess the Scrum maturity of the team and coach the team to higher levels of maturity at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team
  • Coach a continuous improvement mindset and recommend adjustments to established delivery practices
  • Participate in Scrum of Scrum meetings to ensure cross-team collaboration and coordination of release plans and integration of testing activities
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with all stakeholders, including customers
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES
BACHELOR' DEGREE PLUS 8 YEARS' EXPERIENCE
  • First level Scrum Master certification (CSM and/or PMI-ACP)
  • Experience managing projects following Agile methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming, and SAFe
  • Experience managing multi-system projects and self-organized, cross-functional project teams in a matrixed environment
  • Familiar with Agile values, principles, processes, and methods such as iterative and incremental development, continuous integration, test-driven development (TDD), unit testing, code refactoring, pair programming, and Scrum ceremonies
  • Experience working with customers in gathering requirements, modeling use cases, writing user stories and documenting business processes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and be effective at communicating with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Moderate knowledge of the JIRA tracking tool
  • Energetic, goal oriented, proactive, innovative, hardworking, and patient
PREFERRED
  • PMP certification and Second Level Scrum Master certification (CSP, SAFe Agilist, SAFe Practitioner)
  • 3-5 years' agile team facilitation experience (e.g. Scrum Master, Agile Facilitator etc.)
  • 1-2 years' program coaching/mentoring (2-3 portfolios, 5-10 teams)
  • Agile coaching certification (ICAgile Client, CSC etc. or equivalent)
  • SAFe 4.5 certification - preferably SPC
  • Familiarity with other tracking tools such as HEAT, TFS, and Clear Quest
  • Experience on multiple Scrum teams in a variety of different contexts (different team sizes, different organizations, different cultures, co-located vs. distributed, etc.)
  • Track record of continued and recent education in Scrum, including training, conferences, user groups and self-study
  • Some knowledge of development environments, platforms, and technologies including .NET (C#), Visual Studio, JavaScript/JQuery, CSS, HTML, XML, and SQL.
  • Well versed in a variety of agile approaches (Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, Lean at a minimum)
  • Experience providing program, portfolio and team level process, mentoring and coaching to senior leadership, portfolio managers and teams
  • Experience providing training, to include JUST IN TIME (JIT) training, to support new projects and team formations
  • Experience with ad-hoc coaching and mentoring techniques
  • Experience with service desk/help desk approaches in an emerging agile environment

FOR RECRUITERS
  • Conversion Salary - $130k/year
  • Location - 1 Columbus Circle NE Washington DC
  • Citizenship Requirements - US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Clearance Requirements - None Assignment
  • Duration/Conversion Opportunity - 6month Contract to Hire
  • Other Info - No travel required

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