Senior Scrum Master Job Description

Senior Scrum Master Job Description

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Senior scrum master provides coaching and thought leadership on Agile principles to the team; this includes embracing and demonstrating the servant leadership philosophy.

Senior Scrum Master Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Ensure quality of Scrum execution story cards definition of readiness and done, commitments on-time delivery
Works with Product Owner to ensure proper balance between features and high quality working software
Facilitates Release (Planning) Workshop
Studies and educates themselves to ensure updated current knowledge of Scrum
Educates the Scrum Team including the Product Owner on agile requirements, agile planning, backlog creation practices and all things Scrum
Monitors transparency of release vision
Promotes commonly accepted better Agile/Scrum practices
Promotes transparency by ensuring that all Scrum events take place to facilitate opportunities to inspect and adapt
Coordinates among the Scrum Team and monitors adherence to Scrum practices
Keeps team focused on current Sprint goals (Big Visible Charts, standup focused)

Senior Scrum Master Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Senior Scrum Master

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: PMP, CSM, CSPO, PSM, CSP, PM, II, SPC, SA, ITIL

Education for Senior Scrum Master

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the senior scrum master job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Computer Science, Education, Business, Engineering, Business/Administration, Information Systems, Management, Technical, Information Technology, Communications

Skills for Senior Scrum Master

Desired skills for senior scrum master include:

Kanban
Conflict resolution
Facilitation
Situational awareness
Continual improvement
Empowerment
Increasing transparency
Servant leadership
XP
Agile principles and practices and capacity to understand specific needs

Desired experience for senior scrum master includes:

Maintains and reports team performance metrics
Escalates any impediment or roadblock
Educate the Scrum Team on agile practices and Scrum
Causes change that increases the productivity of the Scrum Team
Works with other Scrum Masters to increase the effectiveness of the application of Scrum throughout the organization
Champions quality and technical excellence in the Scrum Team

Senior Scrum Master Examples

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Senior Scrum Master Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of senior scrum master. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for senior scrum master
  • Promotes Test Automation
  • Ensures no changes are made that would endanger the Sprint Goal
  • Ensures quality goals do not decrease
  • Work with Product Owner to ensure proper balance between features and high quality working software
  • Facilitate Release (Planning) Workshop
  • Educate the Scrum Team including the Product Owner on agile requirements, agile planning, backlog creation practices and all things Scrum
  • Monitor transparency of release vision
  • Promote commonly accepted better Agile/Scrum practices
  • Promote transparency by ensuring that all Scrum events take place to facilitate opportunities to inspect and adapt
  • Coordinate among the Scrum Team and monitor adherence to Scrum practices
Qualifications for senior scrum master
  • Keep team focused on current Sprint goals (Big Visible Charts, standup focused)
  • Maintain and reports team performance metrics
  • Escalate any impediment or roadblock
  • Remove impediments to delivery success through the proactive management of external dependencies, medium-to-high complexity team problem-solving and the development of new solutions or approaches to ongoing challenges
  • Accountable for creating and maintaining the appropriate vehicles for open communication within the scrum team
  • Facilitate and engage in business analysis, user experience and technical conversations across platforms and multiple levels of influence
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Senior Scrum Master Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a senior scrum master. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for senior scrum master
  • Accountable alongside the scrum team for the achievement of release objectives and results that meet stakeholders’ needs and expectations
  • Leading team of developers, business analysts, and testers, , working closely and providing direction to network, computing, security, integration, and other extended teams
  • Remove impediments for teams
  • Maintain transparency into the team’s work through metrics
  • Be a servant leader to each team member and support the removal of blockers
  • Coach and support continuous improvement within the team
  • Coach and train teams on Agile practices and values
  • Help identify and mitigate any external dependency risks in feature/product development
  • Lead the scrum team to achieve release objectives and results that meet business partner expectations
  • Accountable for creating and maintaining the appropriate vehicles for open communication with the scrum team trusting and safe team environment
Qualifications for senior scrum master
  • Coach team to improve team performance by promoting joint accountability for results and solving productivity issues
  • Foster relationships and conversations across platforms and multiple levels of influence
  • Navigate and identify shared IT services required by the team in the delivery of its objectives
  • Has a stake in seeing the team succeed
  • Needs to have a low personal ego, but high pride in building team and high self-awareness
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and team building skills, business judgment, and proven expertise in directing the efforts of a technical staff
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Senior Scrum Master Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a senior scrum master. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for senior scrum master
  • Coaches the team to improve collaboration and self-organization
  • Coach team on Agile practices and encourage adaptation and iteration and an environment that fosters Agile
  • Collaborate across teams in IT and the business as required to remove impediments and deliver on time for all Sprints
  • Coach team members to properly define User Stories, while assisting the Product Owner to continually keep a sufficient set of stories defined and estimated
  • Highlight team success within and outside the team
  • Facilitate sprint planning, daily stand-up meetings, reviews/demos, retrospectives, and release planning meetings for 2-3 product teams
  • Track and communicate team commitments, velocity and sprint/release progress
  • Remove or escalate team impediments that jeopardize sprint goals
  • Identify, suggest and collaborate with development and product owner on measurable improvements for the team(s)
  • Coach, train and support other scrum masters within the organization
Qualifications for senior scrum master
  • Experience in a Scaled Agile environment a plus
  • At least 2 years of experience as a Scrum Master
  • Experience as part of an agile team
  • Ability to establish a data-driven culture and a repeatable, structured and disciplined approach to the agile process
  • Ability to manage the dependencies between team capacity, prioritization, budget, software quality and committed deadlines
  • Strong knowledge and certification in Agile methodology and framework
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Senior Scrum Master Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of senior scrum master. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for senior scrum master
  • Empower teams to self-organize and facilitate decision making during sprint planning sessions ensuring the commitments made are appropriate and uphold scrum principles
  • Coach, mentor, and confirm team delivering stories such that they meet the definition of done
  • Organize, lead extremely complex projects, define project scopes, schedules, deliverable and provide regular progress reports and metrics
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of product lifecycles, standards, and supporting processes and practices
  • Collaborate with the Product Owner to understand the business priorities in upcoming sprints and able to impact beyond area of responsibility
  • Update agile tracking systems to provide transparency on Product & Backlogs
  • Ensures team maintains focus on quality and continuous delivery of business value
  • Participates in daily Scrum of Scrums (S2) meeting and clearly communicates team accomplishments/impediments
  • Leveraging data to measuring & monitoring progress against commitments
  • Escalating and resolving impediments to help your team ship code
Qualifications for senior scrum master
  • Experience working in an environment utilizing current and leading edge technologies
  • Experience working with leading edge engineering practices
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing multi-functional project teams including leading Agile scrum teams on complex, integrated platforms preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Administration, or Management required
  • Utilizes team feedback and metrics (quality, delivery rate, etc) to identify areas of opportunity and works with team to continuously improve with assistance of a coach or experienced scrum master
  • Manage and oversee core Agile ceremonies for Bank CEMP, Customer Intelligence & Primary Market Research teams, including daily stand ups, demos, retros, and backlog refinement
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Senior Scrum Master Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of senior scrum master. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for senior scrum master
  • Understand and actively manage capacity of team, including challenging PO on prioritization
  • Help team members define MVP for their work
  • Share periodic project status updates across all three teams
  • Work with scrum masters from other LOBs partners
  • Act as pan-i2i point of contact
  • Experience with Distributed SAFe agile and Metrics
  • Familiarity with most of the following technologies (Oracle Relational & XML Database, Red Hat JBOSS middleware stack, Red Had Drools/BRMS, JMS, Java, Hibernate, JUnit, Mockito, Hamcrest, JBehave, Spring, RESTful services, JMeter, Smooks, Jenkins)
  • Serve as a primary problem solver for any issues, roadblocks, and risks
  • Take responsibility for managing dependencies between our team and third parties or between our team and other scrum teams
  • Leading and coaching a team along its Agile maturity and promoting delivery of business value
Qualifications for senior scrum master
  • 2+ years of experience facilitating Agile teams on technology and marketing projects
  • Scrum Alliance CSM or PMI’s Agile Certified Professional (ACP)
  • Educate scrum teams on Agile practices and act as a Servant Leader to motivate and ensure the scrum process is followed as intended
  • Facilitate and lead Agile ceremonies (Daily Standup, Demonstration, Story Point Estimation, Retrospective, Iteration Planning, Backlog Grooming) and foster continuous improvement
  • Collaborate with team members, but do not act as a manager, lead developer, Project Manager, or Product Owner
  • Promote communication and collaboration during daily scrums and build consensus for achievement during a specified period of time

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