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Scrum Master (Closed)

SkillStorm is seeking a Scrum Master for our client in Jersey City, NJ. Candidates must be able to work on SkillStorm's W2; not a C2C position. EOE, including disability/vets.

Job Description:

  • The Scrum Master serves as the liaison between the business and the software engineering team. This role helps scrum teams reach peak productivity by facilitating Scrum ceremonies, assisting the Product Owner with maintaining a healthy and actionable backlog, identifying and addressing and resolving roadblocks, tracking progress, and identifying and acting on opportunities for continuous improvement. The Scrum Master also plays a critical role in the adoption of Scrum and other agile development practices by the organization. It also will play a crucial role in connecting the team to the SAFe processes and deliverables, coordinating across multiple teams and time zones to help ensure deliverables and dependencies are talked about and met. The Scrum Master acts as a Servant Leader and helps drive accountability of the team and improvements to the team while defending the team. The scrum master also plays an instrumental role in ensuring change management standards are met along the course of project delivery and respective project status, milestones, risks/issues, etc are clearly written and reported up to various levels of senior management.

Primary Skill

  • Agile tools (Jira)

Required Skills

  • 5-7+yrs Project Management / Scrum Master Experience - Scrum Master Certification is preferred. Must have experience with Agile, Jira.
  • Responsible for leading the Agile team and applying Scrum to achieve business value.
  • Facilitate Scrum routines and corresponding with management as needed.
  • Work with the Agile team to remove impediments.
  • Managing the Agile Tool for tracking work (JIRA or Rally).
  • Manage governance routines.
  • Integrate with project, technology and business partners to manage the projects and be proactive in gathering status updates from partners, while minimizing impact.
  • Execute on Enterprise Change Management requirements.
  • Facilitate communication, influence and negotiate both vertically and horizontally to obtain agreement between partners.
  • Ability to lead and influence team in adopting the Agile principles.
  • Ability to ensure the correct use of Scrum process.
  • Ability to foster strong collaboration among team members and help team solve problems.
  • Self-motivation, self-direction, organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities without sacrificing quality or timelines.
  • Excellent communication, influencing and facilitation skills.
  • High level of credibility with executives and business partners; demonstrated ability to influence, negotiate, and drive to results.
  • Able to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Acts as single point of contact for all things around the project.
  • Manages timelines and communicates project status.
  • Builds positive relationships with stakeholders.
  • Holds all accountable for their roles.
  • Uses the right questions to uncover the root cause of business challenges, identify opportunities, and make recommendations.
  • Participates in, documents and understands strategy, business goals/objectives and plans.
  • Documents and communicates status to milestones, plan and strategy. Able to create and manage a project plan and project scorecard independently and communicate status of deliverables to business partners at any given time
  • Escalates risks and issues even if team disagrees.
  • Serve as a liaison between the product owners and development team to ensure that all targets and requirements are met.
  • Facilitating productivity by removing impediments team will encounter, mediating through conflicts, helping team to make decisions and adhering to continuous improvement principles.
  • Coordinating across other agile teams for complex projects.
  • Leveraging data to measure & monitor progress (Burndown charts etc..)
  • Helping teams adhere to the Definition of Done.
  • Facilitate team's self-organization and growth.
  • Encourage discussion, conflict resolution, alternatives or different approaches.
  • Help mitigate distractions and increase the team's focus.
  • Review and confirm the appropriate resources and participants needed to achieve project goals are assigned.
  • Set and continually manage project expectations with team members and other stakeholders.
  • Build, develop, and grow any partner relationships vital to the success of the project.
  • Understanding of Scaled Agile and Lean Practices.

Desired Skills:

  • High level understanding of banking Enterprise Change Standards is a plus.
  • IT experience.
  • Jira is highly preferred.
  • Domain Knowledge in GT&O.
  • Existing experience with the Bank of America Change Management Framework, ChangeScape, PPRT, SharePoint, JIRA and FileNet is desired but not required.
  • Ability to build relationships across the enterprise with Lines of Businesses, Technology, and Business where relevant.
  • Takes ownership of day to day issues and escalations and brings issues to resolution.
  • Experience in working in large global complex matrix organizations.
  • Facilitate communication and improve transparency, remove impediments the team will encounter.
  • Encourage discussion, conflict resolution, alternatives or different approaches.
  • Help mitigate distractions and increase the team's focus.
  • Be an active part of the Scrum Master community within company and participate in continuous improvement within this discipline.
  • Liaise with project stakeholders on an ongoing basis.
  • Review and confirm the appropriate resources and participants needed to achieve project goals are assigned.
  • Set and continually manage project expectations with team members and other stakeholders.
  • Build, develop, and grow any partner relationships vital to the success of the project.
  • Ability to manage complex project(s) simultaneously in a fast-paced environment with strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills analytical and presentation skills; ability to synthesize complex data into actionable presentations / reports and communicate technical concepts to non-technical clients.

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