We're looking for a Scrum Master to work closely with our development team building out large-scale data intensive systems and transnational data science.
You will join a team of scientists and engineers leading the design and development of data commons platforms supporting biomedical research across the world.
A Scrum Master on our team requires effective leadership skills work with multiple scrum teams focusing on data commons platforms, which by nature lie at the intersection of cutting edge research and production systems, both in terms of the bioinformatics and the computer science principles being utilized.
Developing a deep technical understanding of our products along with an understanding of the organizational dynamics of our research center will be critical to success in this role.
As a Scrum Master on our team, you will facilitate processes, address impediments, manage risk, promote architectural strength and user solutions, and help to drive continuous improvements.
The Scrum Master will coach and lead agile practices for teams with autonomy and accountability through daily scrums, sprint planning, retrospectives, demonstrations, and other initiatives as appropriate, maximizing the value of each interaction.
You will act as a front-line contact with the product owners, development leads, architects, project managers, and other leads responding with clear and concise feedback.
The Scrum Master will also be responsible for working with project managers and team members to ensure that teams are ready for their deadlines.
The Scrum Master will build a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame or retribution, and emphasize problem solving. When issues arise, you will lead the team in collaboratively identifying the root case of the problems and implementing reasonable and appropriate interventions.
You will provide metrics (team performance, sprint burn down, backlog assessments, quality leadership, etc.) to the leads and management team to assist with release planning and forecasting activities. You will adapt to a growing team with changing dynamics and work, continuously seeking opportunities for improvement.
This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract.Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.
Guide and coach Scrum Teams on how to effectively use Agile/Scrum practices, processes, and tools for self-organization and cross-functionality and ultimately create high value products, through daily scrums, sprint planning, retrospectives, demonstrations, and other initiatives as appropriate.
Collaborate with leads to maintain a groomed, prioritized backlog, taking sequencing, scope, and risk management into consideration.
Provide leadership in maturing team agile discipline to ensure road map delivery and team cohesion, and lead the team to higher levels of performance and productivity at a comfortably sustaining pace
Facilitate and guide Scrum and Sprint elements, removing impediments or guiding the team to remove impediments by finding the right personnel to quickly remove or prevent blocking issues.
Facilitate discussion, information sharing, decision making, and conflict resolution.
Facilitate getting the work done without coercion, assigning, or dictating the work.
Support Product Owner and business analysis activities, especially with respect to refining andmanaging the product backlog and preparing for Sprints.
Assist with team communication, improving transparency, and radiating information.
Ability to lead across a collaborative team environment required.
Ability to prioritize and manage workload to meet critical project milestones and deadlines required.
Confidentiality related to sensitive matters such as strategic initiatives, trade secrets, quiet periods, and scientific discoveries yet to be put in the public domain.
Ability to take a broad plan and break it into incremental tasks and oversee the completion of each task.
Ability to come into a team used to minimal supervision and oversight and ensure accountability for deliverables and outcomes.
Ability to persuade others to adapt new structures or systems in order to meet objectives.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Advanced degree in computer science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, or a relevant quantitative field required.
Minimum six (6) years progressively advanced experience in a Scrum Master role required.
Demonstrated experience leading development teams and complex software projects required.
Strong track record and demonstrated experience coaching teams towards higher performance in an Agile environment required.
Demonstrated experience coming into a team with minimal structure, evaluatingneeds, and successfully gaining buy in to implement an agile transformation required.
Experience with Jira required.
Experience performing business analysis, writing user stories and use cases, and documenting processes preferred.
Familiarity with federal contracts preferred.
Familiarity with bioinformatics and/or genomics preferred.
Experience working with teams of both engineers and scientists preferred.
Licenses and Certifications:
Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) required.
CSM, PMP, PMI-ACP certifications preferred.
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