Scrum Master vacancy at Pearson
General overview of the role
We are seeking a well-organized and successful Scrum Master to be a key member in the project planning and coordination of the digital education products we produce. We will be looking for someone who will be responsible for working with and facilitating multiple Agile teams. This is a primarily home-based role with regular visits to our office in Columbia, MD required.
Work to coordinate multiple concurrent development efforts throughout their full lifecycle.
Organize and facilitate agile ceremonies, daily stand-up meetings, product reviews, iteration retrospectives, and release planning.
Track and communicate team velocity and progress to both the customer and the team.
Ensure the development teams are practicing the core Agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, team accountability, and visibility.
Assist teams with making appropriate commitments through user story selection and task definition.
Work with other Agile and product teams to identify and address cross-project dependencies.
Identify and analyze risks and manage mitigation process with project team and stakeholders.
Facilitate discussion and proactively resolve conflicts and, if needed, escalate appropriately.
Identify and remove impediments and distractions that interfere with the team’s goals.
Act as the focal point for project communications, both within team and across team boundaries.
Help to improve the productivity/velocity of the teams.
Ensure the teams deliver tested, working functionality in each iteration and working Features at the end of a Program Increment
Ensure the implementation of resolutions identified in retrospective meetings.
Create an environment of team spirit and enthusiasm around what is being delivered.
Follow development process and scaled agile framework (SAFe) best practices, and drive their continuous improvement.
Identify and champion process or other departmental improvements coordinating with fellow agile facilitators or other department members for implementation.
Accomplishes department and organization missions by completing related tasks as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree or 3 to 5 years’ job-related experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skill, and abilities to perform the functions of the position.
1 years of hands-on ScrumMaster experience utilizing an Agile delivery framework.
PMI-ACP, Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) or equivalent preferred.
A strong working knowledge of Agile methodologies and iterative development.
Knowledge and/or experience with Agile techniques including, but not limited to, User Stories, Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Pairing, Automated Testing, Agile Games
Experience with Agile project management tools.
Understand all elements of the software development life cycle, including planning, development, requirements management, Configuration Management, quality assurance, and release management.
Experience with developing and deploying software in a rapid delivery schedule.
Excellent analytical and organizational skills, including the proven ability to adapt to a dynamic project environment.
Strong leadership abilities with effective relationship and team building skills.
Proven ability to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with all departments and at all levels of the organization, including senior management.
Strong presentation and facilitation skills.
Must be organized, confident, self-motivated, and self-directing with a proven ability to identify priorities and propose solutions to achieve desired results with minimal supervision.
Proven experience coaching and mentoring teams and individuals to help them improve their capabilities.
Must have excellent situational awareness, the ability to remain calm under pressure and be cognizant of how you are perceived.