Scrum Master II

Job Description

  
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Join a team of diverse professionals at Farmers to acquire skills on the job and apply your learned knowledge to future roles at Farmers. Farmers Insurance also offers extensive training opportunities through the award winning University of Farmers named by Training magazine amongst top 10 corporate training units in the world. Start your career at Farmers today! 
 
Job Summary 
  
Consistently demonstrates intermediate qualities of a servant leader and enables teams to deliver via effective Lean-Agile practices. Coordinates with internal and external teams to resolve dependencies, identify and eliminate impediments, and facilitate flow. Places focus on continually improving team dynamics and performance while assisting the team in managing interpersonal conflicts, challenges, and exploit opportunities for team growth. Provides ongoing coaching and of Lean-Agile Principles and ensure teams maintain a Lean-Agile Mindset. 
  
Essential Job Functions 
  
  • Acts as a servant leader for multiple teams and their stakeholders. Aids the team and Product Owner in efforts to manage and sequence the backlog. Leads moderately complex teams with work involving routine external team impact or dependencies and may have multiple system integration points. Eliminates impediments and resolves issues with occasional support from Release Train Engineer or other resources.
  • Resolves and manages dependencies with occasional guidance from Release Train Engineer or other resources. Assists in building a high-performing team and foster relentless improvement at the Team level while improving team performance in areas of quality, predictability, flow and velocity. Identifies SAFe anti-patterns and resolves with occasional support and applies SAFe principles to facilitation, enablement, and coaching for team.
  • Utilizes intermediate coaching capabilities to influence teams and help coach on practices and procedures, soft-skills and Lean Agile mind-set. With occasional support from RTE and other resources guides teams through the decision making process and teaches techniques on how to problem solve, improve communication, self-manage and self-organize.
  • With occasional support from RTE and other resources, supports a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised. Helps manage interpersonal conflicts, challenges and opportunities for growth within the team. Applies SAFe principles to facilitation, enablement, and coaching for a single team. Mentors and guides junior level scrum masters on SAFe principles and manifesto. Organizes and leads a Community of Practice.
  • Independently participates, facilitates and manages the outputs of all agile ceremonies including daily Stand Up meetings, Sprint review, sprint retrospective, sprint planning, backlog refinement sessions, prepare for Program Increment Planning Sessions. Participates in the Scrum Master Communities of Practice, Scrum Mastery Sync Sessions and Agile Release Train Sync Sessions. Mentors and guides junior level scrum masters through Agile ceremonies.
  • Demonstrates ongoing thirst for knowledge and a desire for continuous improvement by creating an environment for continuous learning and pursue everything Agile (e.g. visit user groups, attend conferences, read books, write blogs, etc.). Continuously works with the Scrum Master Community of Practice to ensure standard procedures are in place and ultimately improve the organizations' product delivery capability. Seeks advice and works occasionally with the Release Train Engineer to establish best practices and resolve challenging issues, risks, conflicts or impediments.
  • Demonstrate beginner to intermediate experience with Behavior Driven Development and Test Driven Development. Performs other duties as assigned. 
  
Physical Actions 
  
Physical Environment 
  
The following are standard requirements for all positions. When applicable, some positions may have additional requirements essential to a specific job. This position operates in an open office working environment which will include normal and customary distractions, noise, and interruptions. Sits or stands for extended periods of time, up to a full work shift. Occasionally reaches overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping. Occasionally moves, lifts, carries, and places objects and supplies weighing 0-10 pounds without assistance. Listens to, interprets, and differentiates auditory information (e.g. others speaking) at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Visually verifies and reads information. Visually locates material, resources and other objects. Ability to operate a computer for extended periods of time, up to a full work shift. Physical dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate keyboard and other office equipment up to a full work shift.  
  
Education Requirements 
  
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred. SAFe Certified Scrum Master certification (within 180 days of hire) required. SAFe Certified Practitioner or Agilist (within 180 days of hire) preferred. 
  
Experience Requirements 
  
1-3 years in an Agile environment or 4+ years of experience in a project environment required. Minimum 2 years experience in Scrum Master role or 1 year in Scrum Master Level I or 4+ years experience in servant leader role required.  
  
Special Skill Requirement 
  
  • Ability to influence internal and/or external constituents. Cultivates a culture of trust, promotes decentralized decision making and advance the development of self-organizing teams. Instills commitment to organizational goals. Focuses on improving team dynamics and performance.
  • Helps teams manage interpersonal conflicts, challenges, and overcome opportunities for team growth. Effectively coaches and delivers constructive feedback. Provides ongoing coaching and of the Lean-Agile Principles and ensures teams maintain a Lean-Agile Mindset. Strong verbal communication and listening skills. Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty.
  • Excellent organizational skills. Develops and delivers effective presentations. Performs work independently with minimal supervision. Takes initiative and is a self starter.  
  
Farmers is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the strength of a diverse workforce. 

Schedule: Full-time

Job Posting: 06/10/2019