Description: PDS Tech is seeking a candidate for the Agile Scrum Master and Coach position located in Eagan, MN 55121. 6 month Contract to Hire Must be US Citizen. Must be able to obtain a Position of Public Trust Clearance – US Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder), and must not have traveled outside the US for a combined total of 6 months or more in last 5 years. Must have resided in the US for the last 5 years This position will perform Scrum Master duties and Agile coaching across multiple Agile teams. The ideal candidate will lead the Agile process ensuring predictable delivery of release. Candidate will have deep technical understanding of Agile practices and experience delivering deployable software in short sprints/on-demand. The candidate should also have experience with Project Management. Candidate will interface with client and use oral and written skills to develop great working relationships with stakeholders.
• Perform initial Agile team assessments and recommend and assist with the implementation of Agile team structure for the teams and associated resources. • Be a successful change agent both motivating the change and making it happen; ensure Agile Principles are applied. • Identify need and provide as necessary structured and ad-hoc training in Agile principles and practices, including Scrum, Product Ownership, and Program Management. • Engage Product Owners, Portfolio, and Program Managers to fulfill their individual roles, including but not limited to, communicating the Project Vision, Goals and Objectives, establishing a strategic thinking perspective, regular attendance at Agile Ceremonies, and prioritization of Backlog Items. Liaise with project stakeholders including HR Product Owners, Portfolio, Program Managers to help coordinate Agile across the large Program • Provide guidance for the project team and key stakeholders in the definition of the Project Vision, Goals, and Objectives. • Facilitate and assist in the definition of project scope, including the creation of User Stories with Acceptance Criteria, Product Backlogs, Defect Backlogs, Release Plans, Backlog Prioritization, as well as identifying key dependencies and risks. • Coach, mentor, and support other Scrum Masters that will be assigned to projects in iterative product development, including following the Scrum Framework, communicating effectively, managing conflict among team members, identifying and removing impediments, and applying self-organization and shared leadership with the team. • Support the Agile teams in tracking Agile projects milestones and deliverables. • Establish an environment that ensures pro-active identification of changes in project scope and potential risks. Facilitate the project team’s process of devising contingency plans. • Facilitate SAFe practices in collaboration with the IT Portfolio, Product Owners and Release Train Engineer as it pertains to the Eagan SDC Agile teams • Facilitate Scrum of Scrum ceremonies for example Standup meetings, Retrospectives, planning sessions, etc. • Recommend and implement the use of Agile metrics to provide feedback and monitor trends on productivity, quality, predictability, and value of Agile activities. • Work with IHRS Agile teams to set up and use VersionOne for Agile projects as backlogs are created and releases / sprints are performed. Basic Qualifications: To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below: • MUST have a Bachelor’s Degree in information systems, business, computer science, or related field • A minimum of 3 years of progressively more difficult experience in developing, researching, testing, implementing and/or integrating new information technology to support existing business systems where 15+ years of experience is required • Extensive experience leading Agile Scrum teams at a fast-paced environment • Minimally five (5) years technical experience with increasing levels of responsibility providing technical oversight, stakeholder management and participation, problem resolution • Five (5) years of execution per ietc. • Experience providing guidance/oversight for release planning, including collaboration and communication with the operation’s team to keep current on deployment readiness • Reporting preparations and presentations to all levels of management and to the program PM. • Ability to understand complex issues and facilitate resolution • Ability to triage scrum team issues based on priority, impact, risk, release timing • Ability to prioritize multiple simultaneous issues • Outstanding time management skills and attention to details • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills • Experience with continuous deployment/integration and test-driven models • Project Management experience
Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration: • Experience with mainframe coding • Certified Scrum Master Professional (CSP) • Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) – Desirable • Experience working SAFe Agile environment • Experience working with multiple scrum team programs simultaneously • Experience with test automation techniques and tools • Experience working on unusually complicated problems and providing solutions that are highly creative and ingenious, exhibiting ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, or PMP ACP • ITIL certification (Foundations or higher) • Local to the Eagan, MN area, no relocation assistance provide