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Scrum Master

Job Location: IL - Chicago

Regional Description: Midwest

Job Number: 00518030

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Title: Scrum Master

Organization: Corporate Functions/CIO

Location: Chicago, IL
 
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 425,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.
 
People in the Corporate Function career track contribute to the running of Accenture as a high- performance business through specialization within a specific functional area, and grow into internally focused roles by deepening their skills and/or developing new skills within an internal functional area.
 
Job Description
 

Senior level experience in facilitating agile software development teams, especially with Scrum as the development methodology.


Responsibilities:

  • Coach and guide the agile teams in Scrum methodology and continuous process improvement of software delivery
  • Set up and take ownership of retrospectives, sprint reviews and sprint planning sessions
  • Instil Agile project management best practices including risk management, cross-team interdependencies, scope definition, delivery objectives, quality standards, and user needs identification
  • Facilitate and document project and release planning, including participation in product vision and implementation, Scrum ceremonies, Scrum of Scrums, discovery, design, and other brainstorm meetings
  • Protect the Sprint goal and ensure that the team do everything within their power to achieve goals
  • Facilitate product owner input and team interactions; ensure the communication of scope and requirements changes throughout the team, including sprint impact analysis
  • Support product owner in management of the backlog, ensuring Scrum process standards, identification of stakeholders and stakeholder conditions of acceptance
  • Support product development by providing high level business analysis and development estimates, including coordination of multiple product analysis
  • Foster knowledge sharing and assist with creation and delivery of best practices documentation and training materials
  • Identify opportunities for process and tool improvements from concept to implementation
  • Identify, assess and aid the team in solving complex business problems
  • Evangelise the benefits of agile development within the team
  • Remove obstacles that affect the team
  • Ensure that the team smoothly adjusts to the cadence of the Sprint ceremonies, and also maximises the amount of available development time
  • Handhold the Product Owner when discussing more technical user stories, bringing in team members as required
  • Work collaboratively with developers, product owners and technical architects
  • Individual and team learning and development

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience as a Scrum Master
  • Minimum of 5 years of application development experience
  • Must have professional experience in 1 or more of the following: Java, .Net, or AWS

Preferred Skills

  • Senior level experience in coaching and guiding Agile software development teams
  • Passion for Iterative Development and Continuous Improvement, striving to improve the Agile process used by the team
  • Knowledge of Scrum, Lean, XP, Kanban and other Agile development techniques
  • Experience working with developers, technical architects, product owners
  • Solid technical background
  • Certification in agile an advantage
  • Knowledge of JavaScript, Node.js, AngularJS, AWS, MS Azure an advantage
  • Experience with ServiceNow, Salesforce, SuccessFactors, SAP HANA or similar applications
  • Experience with Visual Studio and team Foundation Server (TFS) an advantage
  • Understanding of automation testing, DevOps, test driven development, continuous integration, continuous delivery or micro-services an advantage
Professional Skill Requirements 
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills
  • Demonstrates leadership and collaborative interpersonal skills to engage and motivate team members
  • Ability to synchronise with non-technical teams to deliver product releases smoothly, and managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work with vendors and stakeholders to identify project risks, constraints and dependencies
  • Ability to communicate and work in a team in a fast paced agile environment
  • Understanding of web and mobile development concepts and patterns
  • Strong customer focus, excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated leadership in professional setting; either military or civilian

  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration in a professional setting; either military or civilian

Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Accenture (i.e., H1-B visa, F-1 visa (OPT), TN visa or any other non-immigrant status).

 
Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration.
 
Accenture is a federal contractor and an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
 
Equal Employment Opportunity
 
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Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.
 
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