A Senior Scrum Master has the primary responsibility for facilitating the learning and growth of one or more Lean | Agile Teams in developing a Lean-Agile mindset, improving practices, and guiding teams to more predictable delivery. The Servant Leader plays a crucial role in facilitating Agile ceremonies and planning of releases, removing impediments, providing guidance, and supporting Lean | Agile teams in becoming high performing. He or she also mentors other Team members on Lean | Agile values, principles, and practices.Works with Backlog Owners and Implementation Team members to learn and practice healthy backlog grooming and prioritization practices.Supports the execution and improvement of backlog grooming.Prepares for and facilitates Big Room & Release planning with Lean | Agile Teams.Assists in dependency management and cross team coordination.Facilitates Team-level Agile Ceremonies.Facilitates continuous improvement and the development of a learning culture with Lean | Agile teams.Facilitates ceremonies, collaboration, communication, and conflict management.Teaches and train new team members on Lean |Agile mindset and frameworks, practices, and process.Influences the organization in the removal of organizational impediments and development of healthy Agile practices.Mentors the Lean | Agile Team on agile values, principles, and practices.Removes impediments to the team’s ability to perform.Acts as a buffer between external distractions to minimize disruptions.Assists in the coordination of operational issue resolution.Facilitates team development, mediates conflicts, protecting the team, and encourages healthy team dynamics. Fosters team responsibility, self-accountability, transparency and self-organization.Leverages coaching skills to help the team to solve its own problems.Introduces and encourages team to explore healthy Agile development practices, focus on quality and technical excellence, predictable delivery, automation, and continuous delivery.Teaches and encourages a balanced backlog that delivers valuable features for customers, reduces technical debt, provides business value, and enables product sustainability.Helps the team to develop, capture, and analyze metrics to facilitate team improvements.Promotes transparency through healthy communications and data integrity.
Promotes eXtreme Programming practices like test driven development, pair programming, and automation testing.
- Apart from professional experience, an ideal candidate for this role should be professionally trained as well. Common Lean | Agile certifications associated with this role, but not limited to, are:
- Certified Scrum Master (Scrum Alliance).
- Certified Advanced Scrum Master (Scrum Alliance).
- Certified Scrum Professional (Scrum Alliance).
- SAFe Scrum Master (Scaled Agile Institute).
- SAFe Advanced Scrum Master (Scaled Agile Institute).
- Kanban Foundations (Lean Kanban University).
- The ideal person will have at least 8 years supporting technology (preferably in Media), 4 years’ experience as a Scrum Master, and hands-on experience with different Lean | Agile frameworks.
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