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Scrum Master

Richfield, MN
NorthShore Resources has a contract to hire opportunity for a Scrum Master at our client’s Richfield, MN location (currently remote) on their Web & Mobile Team. The position will be responsible for working with teams on the delivery of  large, major and highly important initiatives which will span multiple years and has many challenges to keep the most inquisitive mind busy. The Scrum Master plays a critical role as a facilitator, coach and servant leader in IS & T development initiatives and is responsible for ensuring agility and continuous improvement of and within their team. Must be currently living/working local to be considered.

Accountabilities:
  • Facilitate the activities of an Agile software development team encouraging and supporting the teams to self-manage their iterations using a servant-leader management style
  • Ensure self-organized team's continuous improvement through monitoring and coaching
  • Assist the Product Owner in maintaining a product strategy/roadmap through story mapping and other Agile activities
  • Work with the Product Owners and Business Analysts to identify that the product backlog is prioritized and refined to the appropriate level to start and continue development iterations
  • Schedule and facilitate all Scrum team ceremonies including release and sprint planning, backlog refinement, daily standups, sprint reviews, and retrospectives
  • Remove impediments for the team(s) and escalate issues as appropriate
  • Actively contribute to the company’s scrum community through participation in the internal Scrum Master Community of Practice
  • Develop team members through coaching and by fostering a positive work environment
  • Proactively identify risks and dependencies and escalate with Product Owner and leadership as necessary
  • Collaboratively partner with various levels throughout the organization to achieve goals and remove impediments
  • Responsible for collecting and preparing metrics such as the teams capacity, velocity, burndown rate, and health on an ongoing basis
  • Assist with deployment and release planning and if necessary coordinate across multiple teams
  • Consistently advocate for great agile/iterative development practices within the organization
  • Produce and deliver reports which convey team performance and value gained
Competencies/Skills/Experience:
  • Understand the fundamentals of Agile and iterative development
  • Ability to manage multiple, ongoing initiatives as needed
  • Expert facilitator and collaborator
  • High energy, effective leader with the attitude of empowerment and ability to lead their team to self-organization
Required qualifications:
  • Experience as a Scrum Master for 5+ years with a software development team
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Experience working in a continuous deployment environment
  • Scrum Master Certification or equivalent training
Preferred qualifications:
  • Certified Scrum Professional or Coach Certification
  • 4 year degree in a related field
  • Knowledge of other Agile approaches: XP, Kanban, Etc.
  • Experience working with teams supporting user experience design.

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