Senior Scrum Master

  • Location:
    Boxborough, Massachusetts, US
  • Area of Interest
    Engineer - Software
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    Collaboration, Video
  • Job Id

Key Roles & Responsibilities

Facilitates Scrum Team Success

  • Own the Agile process; Help educate the team on Agile process issues
  • Identifies team improvement opportunities and looks externally for best practices in order to increase velocity and quality
  • Make sure there is no hidden work, i.e., everything the Scrum Team is working on is acknowledged and accounted for
  • Help the team to improve in the areas they have identified
  • Manage ‘Work In Progress Limits’, i.e., make sure the team is not working on too many items at once, and help them get into a flow of starting and completing work in a predictable way
  • Encourage the team to look for opportunities to help each other out
  • Ensures a collaborative culture exists within the team and promotes team building: Ensures entire team is engaged; Ensures excellent retrospectives are run by the team

Deals with Team and meeting logistics

  • Each Sprint, make sure team has capacity recorded, and that it is correctly balanced
  • Work with the Product Owner to make sure User Stories are accepted
  • Ensures entire team is engaged
  • Invitations to and presence at Daily Scrum, Iteration Review, Planning Meetings and Customer Demo logistics
  • Work with the Product Owner to make sure User Stories meet Definition of Ready
  • Facilitate retrospectives; Follow-up on actions from retrospectives
  • Each Sprint, make sure the whole team is looking ahead to the next Sprint and thinking about the upcoming User Stories
  • Each Sprint, make sure the Scrum Team has identified and sized the tasks before the Sprint Planning meeting
  • Organize and facilitate demonstrations of the product between the Scrum Team and Product Owner

Tracks and communicates with outside stakeholders

  • Track and communicate the progress of the team each day (using Burn-down charts, etc.)
  • Track and communicate the overall progress of the release (using Burn-downs, burn-ups, Cumulative Flow, etc.)
  • Provide visibility on status and progress, particularly working with Program Manager and Product Owner
  • Facilitates and insures the removal of any obstacles by the team. If the team can’t resolve then will escalate in a timely and aggressive way
  • Shares team experiences and solutions with peers (ScrumMasters)
  • Make sure there are no scope changes during the Sprint without discussion with Scrum Team and Product Owner Team
  • Communicate agreed scope changes inside and outside the Scrum Team
  • Shields team from external distractions

As we realize our globalization strategies and move in to new markets, our diverse, inclusive culture also creates a competitive advantage for Cisco. It ensures we have the fresh ideas and execution capabilities and the local knowledge we need to best serve our customers and build our presence around the globe. By gaining a better understanding of the world and the differences in its people we can change the way it works, lives, plays, and learns

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