Become part of the XLA team supporting a U.S. Government customer on a large mission critical development and sustainment program to design, build, deliver, and operate a network operations environment with new cyber capabilities to address emerging threats. The DHS DOMino Program is seeking a Sr. Scrum Master to help manage and guide the Agile scrum teams from development to deployment of functional capabilities to fulfill customers predefined requirements from the backlogs. The Sr. Scrum Master will serve as the servant leader for the Agile scrum teams to ensure clear communication and removing impediments to help the team success in meeting its goals and objectives. The Sr. Scrum Master is expected to have a thorough understanding of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and will be able to use the appropriate Agile methodology (Scrum/XP/Kanban) to facilitate the Agile teams activities.
Exhibit Lean-Agile leadership – Exhibit the behaviors of a Lean-Agile Leader with a Lean-Agile Mindset. Help the team embrace Lean-Agile Values, adopt and apply Lean-Agile Principles, and implement Lean-Agile practices.
Support the team rules – Reinforce the lightweight Agile Team rules including rules of Scrum, Built-In Quality practices from Extreme Programming (XP), Work in Process (WIP) limits from Kanban, and any other process rules the team has agreed upon.
Facilitate the team’s progress toward team goals –Continuously challenge the old norms of development to improve performance in the areas of quality, predictability, flow, and velocity. Help the team focus on daily and Iteration Goals in the context of current Program Increment (PI) Objectives.
Lead team efforts in relentless improvement – Help the team improve and take responsibility for their actions; facilitate the team retrospective. Teach problem-solving techniques and help the team become better problem-solvers for themselves.
Facilitate meetings – Facilitate (not lead) team meetings, including (where applicable) the Daily Stand-up, Iteration Planning, Iteration Review, and Iteration Retrospective.
Support the Product Owner – Help the Product Owner in their efforts to manage the backlog and guide the team while facilitating a healthy team dynamic with respect to priorities and scope.
Eliminate impediments – Actively addresses blocking issues so that the team can remain focused on achieving the objectives of the Iteration.
Promote SAFe quality practices – Help foster the culture of technical discipline and craftsmanship that is the hallmark of effective Agile teams. Provide guidance to assist the teams in constantly improving the quality of their deliverables and meeting the Definition of Done (DoD).
Build a high-performing team – Focus on ever-improving team dynamics and performance. Help the team manage interpersonal conflicts, challenges, and opportunities for growth. Escalate people problems to management where necessary, but only after internal team processes have failed to resolve the issue; help individuals and teams through personnel changes.
Protect and communicate – Communicate with management and outside stakeholders; help protect the team from uncontrolled expansion of work.
Coordinate with other teams – Represent the team in the Scrum of Scrums (SoS) meeting, and pass information from that meeting back to the team. Coordinate with the System Team, User Experience, Architecture, and Shared Services.
Facilitate preparation and readiness for ART events – Assist the team in preparation for ART activities, including PI Planning, System Demos, and the Inspect and Adapt.
Support estimating – Guide the team in establishing normalized estimates and helps the team understand how to estimate Stories and Features.