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Scrum Master

Company: Kestra Financial, Inc.
Location: Austin
Posted on: September 16, 2021

Job Description:

A Financial Services client in the Austin, TX area is looking to add a Scrum Master to the team! This client has traditionally outsourced this piece of the business to offshore resources, but they are bringing this team on-shore to the Austin office. The office is in the process of returning on-site, so it is expected that you can relocate to the Austin area by January 2022 at the latest. **To be able to go on-site, this client requires employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and to provide documentation proving that you've been fully vaccinated.**

Some of the core duties of the Scrum Master will be facilitating the pragmatic use of Agile ceremonies consistently produce the benefits intended by the agile framework, accelerating the learning and growth of one or more Agile teams in developing a lean-Agile mindset, and driving scrum team accountability for ensuring the sprint commitment is less than / very close to the average velocity over the last five sprints. The Scrum Master will also own the use of an accurate, complete, readable, single source for artifacts and workflow information that the organization needs to engage in continuous planning, observe/monitor work in progress, and quantify the inspect and adapt cycle at the scrum team level and proactively identify, manage, and communicate impediments to expedite resolution.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Streamline releases for multiple teams and enable the Software Engineering organization to focus on delivery

Independently represent technical teams in Change Advisory Boards

Manage, track projects with short- and long-term horizon.

Remove obstacles and manage risks to enable team efficiency and effectiveness

Ensure all scrum activities are tracked and kept up-to-date and reported daily

Own full alignment across dependent teams within a release train; manage risks and dependencies such that all parties are aligned with delivery strategy and sequence. Drive over-communication as necessary to ensure a shared understanding of dependencies.

Consistently produce the benefits intended by the agile framework including planning of releases, removing impediments, providing guidance, and supporting Agile teams to deliver high-quality products incrementally using inspect and adapt cycles.

Primary Responsibilities:

Works with Product Owners and team members to learn and practice healthy backlog management and prioritization practices

Facilitates the execution and improvement of backlog refinement

Prepares for and facilitates release planning with teams

Assists in dependency management and cross team coordination

Agile Ceremony Facilitation

Conduct all Scrum related activities, including sprint planning, daily scrum meetings, sprint retrospectives

Influences the organization in the removal of organizational impediments and development of healthy Agile practices

Delivery Team Support

Assists in the coordination of operational issue resolution

Facilitates team development, mediates conflicts protecting the team and encourages healthy team dynamics.

Advice and Guidance

Introduces and encourages team to explore healthy Agile development practices, focus on quality and technical excellence, predictable delivery, automation, and continuous delivery

Teaches and encourages a balanced backlog that delivers valuable features for customers, reduces technical debt, provides business value, and enables product sustainability

Helps the team to develop, capture, and analyze metrics to facilitate team improvements

Promotes transparency through healthy communications and data integrity


Azure experience

Financial services or wealth management background

Certified Scrum Master

Previous programming experience

Kanban experience

Experience taking Business requirements and writing technical requirements using BDD
5+ years of Scrum Master experience

Heavy Agile experience

Experience using Atlassian suite (Jira, Confluence)

Bachelors Degree

Great communication skills

Keywords: Kestra Financial, Inc., Austin , Scrum Master, Other , Austin, Texas

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