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*Scrum Master III at Apex Systems, Inc. in Houston, TX

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Work Location: Houston Texas USA 77002 Description: As ScrumMaster, you play a key role in the definition, development, implementation, and ongoing improvement of Agile practices (with an emphasis on Scrum) within the organization. You will facilitate sprint planning, retrospective, and daily activities related to stand-ups and sprint burn down; as well as maintain relevant metrics that help the team see and understand their progress during a sprint. In this role youll own and resolve identified impediments. Youll help build an environment where continuous deployment/ improvement of the development process is the focus and everyones common goal is to deliver outstanding software as fast as possible to our customers. As ScrumMaster youre responsible for leading the continual Agile transformation and practices as well as promoting accountability and transparency across all levels of the organization.


* Work directly with product owners to build a mature backlog and translate that backlog concisely to the development team
* Track iterations progress daily, report impediments, ensure the sprints commitment will be fulfilled, and point out bottlenecks and/or possible risks in the delivery process.
* Shield the team from distractions so focus can remain on delivery
* Work with product owner to manage change requests to ensure there is no disruption to current deliverables
* Collaborate with product owners to assist with prioritization and keep team motivated
* Serve as a senior team member, responsible for facilitating the adoption, implementation and sustainability of Agile processes, principles, and practices
* Responsible for sprint planning, product demos, retrospectives, and team metrics
* Educate and support the team throughout the agile transformation process
* Provide hands-on team guidance, support, and coaching in close cooperation and collaboration across all roles and functions, to facilitate increasing maturity at a sustainable pace
* Support the Agile team in their development, playbook creation, and in establishing consistent best practices
* Define relevant metrics that help the program see how they are doing
* Build trust with the business [IT or other Divisions] and throughout the organization
* Perform ongoing assessments of the teams' Scrum maturity to inform ongoing support decisions
* Advise on dependency management techniques between internal teams and third parties, release managers, or between Agile teams
* Quickly establish collaborative partnership with key stakeholders and build trust to ensure leadership buy-in across both Business and IT
* Foster speed, innovation and encourage continuous improvement

Skillset Details:

* Bachelor's Degree Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Administration and/or equivalent work experience required
* CSM/CSPO Certification or PMI-ACP preferred 5+ years of IT experience
* 3+ years of experience as a ScrumMaster, Product Owner or Agile Coach
* Experience working on mixed methodology program (Scrum interfacing with Waterfall from a dependency perspective)
* Experience in creating training materials and sharing knowledge at different levels
* Experience working as an Agile Coach / ScrumMaster across
* ScrumPractices
* Proficient with common Agile practices
* Proven ability in building effective partnership with diverse groups in multiple locations/environments
* Aptitude for learning and using technology for both teaching and action research
* Able to garner respect throughout the organization at all levels
* Thought Leader - Challenge status quo and grow every day. Able to build trust and earn respect at all levels within the company
* Communicative and facilitative - Able to communicate well with all levels of the organization from Scrum team members to executives. Able to lead and demonstrate value-add principles to a team in a collaborative way and influence employees at all levels
* Assertive - Ensure Agile/Scrum concepts and principles are adhered to, be a voice of reason and authority, make the tough calls and manage conflicts
* Enthusiastic - High-energy and inspire others
* Continuous Improvement - Continually growing ones craft, learning new tools and techniques to manage oneself and a team
* Managing with Metrics - Able to help leaders & teams define clear metrics and coach them to have a data driven approach for decision making
* Willing and able to quickly gain a high level understanding of the technical and business domains of the Scrum teams
* Outstanding presentation and communication record (conference presentation, professional community events)
* Deep understanding of common Agile practices and better product envisioning and development practices
* Superb conflict resolution and consensus building skills
* Understanding of fundamentals of iterative development, software development processes and procedures Pre-Identified Candidate/Extension: No If yes, Enter Name of Applicant: (No Value) Tasks to be Performed: Skillset Details: Skill Level: Mid Level (5-8 yrs exp.)

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Apex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at employeeservices@apexsystemsinc.com or 844-463-6178.

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