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Lead Scrum Master

Description:

We are looking for Lead Scrum Master for our client in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is a CONTRACT TO HIRE position starting with 6- month contract with the possibility of extension. 100% REMOTE 6 MONTH CONTRACT – CONTRACT TO HIRE Our client’s considerations for Remote (Out of State) Work are determined both on a location and position basis. Out of state potential candidates will have to go through the Remote Request Process prior to official FTE employment with our client. Of the states that have been reviewed by our client, at this point, the following states DO NOT qualify for remote work: California Connecticut Massachusetts Oregon New Jersey New York Washington State consideration is determined by the state that the agency staff is performing the work in. —- Leader, coach and coordinator for an entire agile program made up of many agile teams aligned towards a common business outcome. Within the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), plays the role of a Release Train Engineer (RTE) to an Agile Release Train (ART). Guides the use of SAFe practices within the train, and helps the train operate under architectural and portfolio governance. Responsible for clearing program level impediments and risks and in collaboration with management finding and maintaining the right resources for the train. Manages ART ceremonies and processes, assisting the train in achieving their commitments by building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised and solved. Facilitates all ART events, release planning, and process improvement. Drives ongoing efficiencies, issue and risk management, management escalation and working with other RTEs across trains. Ensures transparency of the ART’s delivery, risks and accomplishments to other stakeholders. Regularly provides guidance and training to less experienced scrum masters and other members of the ART.

Responsibilities:

Guides the use of SAFe practices within the train. Coaches’ leaders, agile teams, and scrum masters in Lean-Agile practices and mindsets. Facilitates an ART’s progress to achieve commitments by building a trusting and safe environment where issues can be raised, emphasizing problem-solving. Ensures transparency of the ART’s delivery, risks, and accomplishments to other stakeholders. Tracks and reports progress of features, costs, benefits, etc., using appropriate tools (JIRA, CA Rally, or other)
Responsible for clearing program level impediments and risks and in collaboration with management finding and maintaining the right resources for the train. Manages ART ceremonies and processes, assisting the train in achieving their commitments by building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised and solved.
Facilitates all ART events, release planning, and process improvement. Facilitates quarterly program increment (PI) planning and readiness through a continuous exploration process which drives the vision, roadmap, and backlogs for pre- and post- PI planning meetings. Utilizes feedback and metrics (quality, delivery rate, etc.) to identify areas of opportunity, and partners with others to coach the program for continuous improvement to existing processes.
Supports preparation for, and facilitation of, ART meetings and processes, including agile ceremonies and quarterly release planning activities. Establishes PI calendar. Plans and facilitates the PI planning event. Aggregates team objectives into program increment objectives and publishes for visibility and transparency.
Drives ongoing efficiencies, issue and risk management, management escalation and working with other RTEs across trains. Collaborates with other RTEs for resolving conflicts prioritization conflicts and synchronizing workflows. Collaborates with impacted teams that are not following SAFe framework, and with partners external to the team (including vendor partners and other agile teams) for delivery, resolving prioritization conflicts and synchronization. Engages them with PI planning and aligns release cycle with program priority.
Provides direction to the train for handling all aspects of program planning, communications, issue resolution, cost tracking, financial planning, and reporting. In conjunction with other teams, establishes and communicates the annual calendars for iterations and program increments (PIs). Partners with senior management, business owners, product owners and other leaders to ensure the ART’s alignment with the product strategy.
Mentors and develops other scrum masters.
Leverages project management tools and skillsets, when necessary, to assure visibility and successful execution of work by the ART that may need to leverage project management frameworks.

Education and Experience:

Required Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
Preferred Master’s Degree or equivalent
7 years of experience typically gained through skills/knowledge/abilities in the field Required
10 years of experience typically gained through skills/knowledge/abilities in the field Preferred
2 years of experience typically gained through skills/knowledge/abilities working in a large Agile organization applying Scrum, XP, Kanban, SAFe or Lean. Preferred
3 years of experience typically gained through skills/knowledge/abilities with Agile collaboration tools, such as Jira, CA Rally, Confluence/SharePoint, etc. Preferred
Experience acting as a Scrum Master to multiple agile teams Preferred
CRT-SAFe Release Train Engineer, Certified (RTE) – 180 Days required Or
CRT-Adv ScrumMaster, Certified – UNKNOWN Unknown 180 Days required
CRT-SAFe Program Consultant, Certified (SPC) – Upon Hire preferred
CRT-Project Management Professional (PMP) – PMI Project Management Institute preferred

Company Summary:

Initech Global is a leader in the staffing industry, providing consulting, recruiting, and staffing solutions in the field of information technology. Since 2001, Initech Global has been helping companies around the world accomplish their most critical business objectives through our disciplined client service approach, and our unique talent management model. Both client and talent retention continue to surpass 90% since the company’s inception fifteen years ago, and we’ve been recognized by Inc. 5000ä as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the US for the last two years. Our clients and employees are the key to our success, and people are at the heart of everything we do. We are Initech Global, and we are Powered By Peopleä.

Required Skills:

Scrum Master, Project Management, Agile methodology, JIRA/Confluence