Scrum Masters at Assurant provide effective collaboration, facilitation, leadership and coaching skills to the agile development process and delivery of applications, as well as enforcing the agile tenants, removing impediments and promoting empowerment.
The Senior Scrum Master will:
Understand the difference between Agile and Scrum and be able to articulate it
Provide team with resources, information, communication, and practical advice to enable the team to regularly deliver working software
Manage more than one Sprint team with overlapping timelines and proactively manage dependencies within and across teams.
Facilitates: Daily scrum (stand-up), release and sprint planning sessions, Sprint review (demo) and Sprint retrospective. Ensure all participants understand the ceremony's purpose and keep to the time-box.
Track and communicate team velocity and sprint/release progress
Foster and encourage conversations and collaboration - both inside and outside of team â allowing them to self-organize
Identify and remove impediments, prevent distractions that interfere with the ability of the team to deliver the sprint goal
Understand and be able to articulate strategic and product planning and goals in the team's environment and progress toward them
Supports Product Owner ensuring the product backlog is properly refined â prioritizing to maximize value and using creative techniques for elaborating user stories to be ready for the upcoming 1-2 sprints.
Assist team with making appropriate commitments through story selection, task definition
Ensure team understands the need for clear and concise Product Backlog items and achieve this through techniques such as user story slicing and acceptance criteria
Update agile tracking systems to provide transparency on Product & Sprint Backlogs
Recommend improvements and assist in changes to best practice
Participate in the agile community both internal to Assurant and external with other practitioners
Enforces the values and principles of Agile by focusing on continuous learning and feedback loops
Scrum Masters are considered part of leadership and are expected to get work done through influence without having any direct reports
Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Industry certification Required
3+ years of experience as a Scrum Master for software development teams
Agile experience within a multi-team organization
Preferred 5-7 years of experience as a Scrum Master
Experience driving the change from waterfall to agile mindsets
Experience working with distributed, virtual teams
Excellent communication, facilitation, and coaching skills
Advanced understanding of Agile practices such as: retrospectives, daily standups, sprint planning, burn down techniques
Experience with agile team tools such as Jira, VersionOne or TFS
Ability to collaborate and exercise influence without authority