Position Available for Scrum Master

Last post 03:40 am May 29, 2021
by Rodney Miller
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02:56 pm May 28, 2021

Looking for a Scrum Master to fill a position in Texas. 

4-year degree is required · 3+ years as a Scrum Master · 1+ years working with DevOps teams · 5+ years of technology experience · Excellent knowledge of Scrum techniques and artifacts (such as the definition of done, user stories, automated testing, backlog refinement) · Experience with both Kanban and Scrum methodologies · Experience in leading teams new to Agile/DevOps and facilitate daily standups, sprint reviews etc. · Strong team leader with the ability to influence and negotiate · Experience using the Atlassian Suite of tools · Experience with teams performing new development while simultaneously supporting Production issues · Experience with communicating status and providing updates to executive level management · Experience with negotiating prioritization between Product Owners and Technical leadership · Work independently, seeking guidance from leadership when needed · Must have exceptional communication, organization, and time management skills · Good interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse and a geographically dispersed team.

 

 

05:22 pm May 28, 2021

Why does a SM have to have a degree?  

 

Excellent knowledge of Scrum techniques and artifacts (such as the definition of done, user stories, automated testing, backlog refinement)

User stories and automated testing are neither artifacts nor techniques of scrum, as scrum does not describe nor dictate their use.  These techniques can of course be used by a scrum team once they have created their scrum team processes that are grounded by the scrum framework. 

 

Although a SM needs to know how to perform product backlog refinement, it is the product owner who is actually accountable for this, with the help of the developers. 

Although the SM can facilitate scrum events, they only do this when asked by either the PO or the developers, due to the scrum team being self-managing. 

 

Experience with communicating status and providing updates to executive level management

Is that really the SMs job?  As the product backlog shows the actual state of the product, stakeholders should use that to obtain their updates as it is part of the scrum teams openness and transparency. 

 

Experience with negotiating prioritization between Product Owners and Technical leadership

The PO is accountable for maximising the value of the product that the scrum team creates with each increment, and they are the sole decision makers for the product, because they should be empowered by the organisation in order to do this.  The SM has no juristiction here in my view. 

 

Work independently, seeking guidance from leadership when needed

The SM is part of the scrum team, so they work with the scrum team and not independently.  Scrum promotes cross-functional self-managing teams.  Why does the SM need to seek guidance from leadership, when the SM role is three pronged (I will not quote all criteria that the scrum guide mentions):  1) serve the scrum team by coaching, etc, 2) serve the PO with finding product goal and backlog techniques, etc, 3) serve the organisation by leading, training, coaching, etc. 

 

Feel free to review the scrum guide to find out how the scrum framework describes the SM. 

BTW, do you sponsor work visa's or are you only interested in people that are already living in the US?

06:10 pm May 28, 2021

Looking for a Scrum Master to fill a position in Texas. 

Why? What are the actual outcomes you hope a Scrum Master will help your organization to achieve?

06:12 pm May 28, 2021

SCOTT ANTHONY KEATINGE,

Thank you for your input.

This is an announcement for an open position. The company will not sponsor a work visa.