Scrum Master

Advantage Tech is looking for a Scrum Master.  This is with a client of ours that has won numerous awards both regionally and nationally.

General Accountabilities:

The Scrum Master plans and executes sprint planning, conducts daily scrum meetings, prepares retrospectives, etc. to support the successful delivery of client projects.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with project team members to break down deliverables into User Stories and tasks.
  • Utilize standard agile practices to conduct sprint planning across a multi-disciplined team.
  • Conduct daily stand-ups and scrums.
  • Conduct the sprint retrospective meetings and effectively implement lessons learned into future sprints.
  • Effectively mentor others on agile and sprint planning concepts.
  • Ensure a common understanding by setting expectations in accordance with the Sprint Plan, in order to align the stakeholders and team members.
  • Effectively partner with the Project Manager for the delivery of Hybrid projects that utilize both Agile and WaterFall methodologies.
  • Participate in planning of Epics and longer term planning.
  • Execute the tasks as defined in the sprint plan in order to achieve the sprint goals.
  • Effectively track and plan defects and tie back to specific deliverables.
  • Plan / participate in the demonstration of executable code as delivered by the sprint.
  • Communicates information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Listens intently to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions when appropriate, and allowing others to speak without interrupting them.
  • Communicates information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Builds mutual trust and encourages respect and cooperation among team members.
  • Inspires loyalty and trust, handles oneself ethically following core values and beliefs.
  • Praises people for a job well done.
  • Must be able to lead and demonstrate value-add principles to the team.
  • Must be able to facilitate discussion and identify alternatives or different approaches.

Qualifications:

  • Technical Skills
    • Experience with third-party system support with preference given to insurance / financial services platforms.
    • Knowledge of IT systems, governance and compliance
    • Understand basic fundamentals of iterative development and incremental delivery
    • Understand basic fundamentals of software development processes and procedures
    • Understand the value of commitments to delivery made by the development team
    • Understand backlog tracking, burndown metrics, velocity and task definition
    • Knowledge of best practices for writing effective user stories
  • Knowledge of annuities and life products – prefer over 1 year experience
  • Leadership –
    • Strong results orientation, organization and management skills
    • Ability to lead and focus the efforts of others to established goal – prefer greater than 2 years experience
    • Excellent oral/written communications skills
    • Relationship management skills
    • Good team player and ability to coordinate cross-functional teams and established good internal relationships
  • Agile certification preferred (CSM, SMC, ACP, etc.) – over 2 years of agile experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or a related field.

Advantage Tech is proud to be recognized as Kansas City Business Journal’s #1 locally owned IT staffing firm. We are passionate about delivering world-class service and value to our clients.  Advantage Tech’s customized recruiting model enables us to place consultants locally and nationally. Our clients want the best candidate at the most reasonable rate within a set timeframe; that’s precisely what we provide them.  We go even further.   Our consultant retention program gives our clients the added comfort our people will perform well and finish the project. 

Please visit www.advantagetech.net to learn more about our culture, benefits and career opportunities.

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