Scrum Master

Scrum Master required by Whitehall Resources on a 6 month initial contract based in Newcastle

Role Description:
We are looking for a Scrum Master who will:
– Serve the team, product owner and the organisation to achieve as much Agility as possible given the constraints of the customer contract
– Coach the team, Product Owner and the product stakeholders in Agile principle
– Promote Agile adoption throughout the Delivery Group by educating, training and coaching individuals and through involvement with the Scrum Master community
– Be the Agile process leader for their team/s
– Impediment removal

Task Description:
The Scrum Master will work with one or more Agile teams within the Delivery Group (DG) and contribute to the DG Agile delivery capability by sharing good practice across the
organisation.

Tasks:
– Ensuring that team is adhering to Agile values, practices and rules
– Encouraging the team to fine-tune their Agile delivery through the use of Inspect and Adapt practices
– Facilitating Agile ceremonies, scheduling any resources required for these meetings
– Monitoring the sprint progress/Kanban flow and alerting the team to potential delivery failure as early as possible to enable the team to take recovery action
– Educating the team in the use of concepts such as burndown charts, story points, velocity, cumulative flow diagrams etc to measure their progress, both in delivering the work and in developing their Agility as a team
– Facilitating removal of impediments and insulating the team from external distractions
– Providing information on the progress of work and any impediments affecting delivery to Engagment Managers, the Release Manager and the Product Manager, either through tooling such as JIRA dashboards, or verbally, as dictated by circumstances
– Ensuring that the team updates JIRA and Confluence in accordance with the ‘DG Standards’
– Ensuring that the team adhere to the DGs documented Test Strategy
– Educating key stakeholders in Agile principles
– Training new product owners and team members in the Agile principles
– Coaching the team to become a mature, self-organising Agile team
– Coaching the product owner/proxy product owner in how to maintain the backlog
– Working with the Product Owner/Proxy Product Owner to ensure that stories to be worked on next have been correctly prioritised and meet the team’s ‘Definition of Ready’
– Ensuring that new work is impacted by the team and is visible on the backlog
– Taking an active part in the DGs Agile community to promote sharing and adoption of good practice between teams, and encourage greater Agile adoption throughout the organisation

The Key Deliverables for the Scrum Master will include:
– The team’s agreed ‘Definition of Done’ and ‘Definition of Ready’
– A JIRA project to be used by the team to build and manage their product backlog
– Proposed sprint backlog to be taken into the sprint planning meeting
– Finalised sprint backlog after the sprint planning meeting
– Confluence site(s) for the team to document product information and data used for the team’s Agile process – eg team calendar, sprint planning and retrospective meeting outcomes etc
– Metrics that the team can use to measure their progress throughout sprints/Kanban project
– Documentation of process improvements being driven through regular team retrospectives
– Periodic assessments of team Agility, tracking progress over time

Technologies:
Jira
Confluence


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