Job Title: Application Development - Lead Programmer Analyst
Location: Somerset, NJ
The Scrum Master will be responsible for developing an agile based SDLC for a new development organization for a project team consisting of development resources in an implementation of large, complex technology and business oriented project. They will also be responsible for the coaching/mentoring of existing development managers/leads on this methodology as it is implemented and used during the project development life cycle.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop agile based SDLC for new software development organization creating necessary standards, tools and best practices in a clearly document form.
Participate and support initial development pilots during the initial phases of the project. This may include the following:
o Organize and facilitate project planning, daily stand-up meetings, reviews, retrospectives, sprint and release planning, demos and other Scrum-related meeting
o Track and communicate team velocity and sprint/release progress
o Maintain process documentation
o Ensure the development teams are practicing the core agile principles of collaboration, prioritization, team accountability, and visibility
o Update agile tracking systems to provide transparency on Product & Sprint Backlogs.
o Recommend improvements and assist in changes to best practice
o Support the development managers and project leads as necessary
o Assist with internal and external communication, improving transparency, and radiating information
o Assist team with making appropriate commitments through story selection, task definition
o Identify and remove impediments, prevent distractions that interfere with the ability of the team to deliver the sprint goal
o Facilitate discussion and conflict resolution
o Empower the teams to self-organize
o Improve the productivity of the teams in any way possible
o Ensure the team strives to make each increment of functionality potentially shippable
Participate in the organization and planning of the development schedule based on methodology that has been developed to create a cohesive plan with identifiable critical path, task dependencies, and major milestones, and manages the agreed project plans and schedules, ensuring successful completion within scope, budget, time, and quality parameters
Adapting project plans, schedules, and resource assignments as required throughout pilot projects to respond to emerging requirements and risks.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor's degree or combination of relevant education and experience
Must be a Certified Scrum Master with 3+ years project management and Scrum Master experience
Excellent team player and team builder
Ability to work with minimal supervision in a very dynamic and timeline sensitive work environment
Multiple years experience working with an agile methodology during a large scale, complex new development project for a large enterprise
Experience in a Java/SOA environment is highly desirable
Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work with diverse personality types
Ability to understand technical issues at a high level
Thorough understanding of agile software development methodologies, values, and procedures
Thorough understanding of the software development lifecycle
Proven ability to work independently with limited supervision and with other department personnel in a very dynamic and timeline sensitive work environment
Must have exceptional communication, organization, and time management skills
Ability to coach the team to reach their highest potential
Must be 'self-motivated ' as well as creative and efficient in proposing solutions to complex, time-critical problems
Must be collaborative in driving decisions
Ability to deal with multiple projects and deadlines
Strong analytical and problem solving skills with a high attention to detail
Ability to hold team members accountable, set clear performance standards, resolve performance issues, keep team engaged and on task
Results Driven (Prioritizing, Taking Initiative, Taking Ownership) Team Leadership (Coaching Others, Dealing with Stress, Demonstrating Teamwork, Influencing Others, Interacting with Others, Maintaining Composure, Motivating Others, Providing Direction and Leadership)
Additional Skills:Group/Retail Insurance industry experience strongly preferred
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