The Scrum Master is responsible for doing anything possible to help the Product Owner and Developers perform at their highest level as a whole Scrum team and supporting the process to enable the team to successfully deliver. This involves removing any impediments to progress, facilitating meetings, working with the Product Owner to make sure the Product Backlog is in good shape and ready for the next sprint, gathering team level metrics and generally ensuring Scrum is understood and enacted correctly.
Scrum Masters do this by ensuring that the Scrum Team adheres to Scrum theory, practices, and rules. The Scrum Master helps those outside the Scrum Team understand which of their interactions with the Scrum Team are helpful and which aren’t. The Scrum Master helps everyone change these interactions to maximize the value created by the Scrum Team.
A Scrum Master is not a manager or tech/team lead, but is an influential leader and coach who manages through servant leadership, existing to serve others, rather than others serving them.
An Agile project is defined by the Product Owner and developed by the developers. The Scrum Master is there to facilitate, make sure that Agile processes are being followed and to support the whole Scrum team in any way possible. The Scrum Master can be the difference between project success and failure.
Any person acting in the role of Scrum Master should be:
- A true leader must be able to garner respect from his/her team and be willing to get their hands dirty to get the job done;
- Communicative and social – must be able to communicate well with teams and enable close cooperation across all roles and functions;
- Facilitative – must be able to lead and demonstrate value-add principles to a team;
- Assertive – must be able to ensure Agile/Scrum concepts and principles are adhered to, must be able to be a voice of reason and authority and make the tough calls where needed;
- Situationally aware – must be the first to notice differences and issues as they arise and elevate them to management;
- Enthusiastic – must be high-energy;
- Seeking Continual improvement – must continually be growing ones craft learning new tools and techniques to manage oneself and a team;
- Acting upon conflict resolution – must be able to facilitate discussion and facilitate alternatives or different approaches;
- Promoting team empowerment – encourages & demands self-management from the Scrum team;
- Promoting team transparency – must desire to bring disclosure and transparency to the business about development and grow business trust.
Common role accountabilities include
- Working closely and diligently with Product Owners and other stakeholders to better understand their requirements or user stories;
- Ensuring the Product Owner defines and maintains the Product Backlog
- Protecting the developers from external and internal distractions;
- Removing impediments so the developers can focus on the work at hand;
- Facilitating getting the work done without coercion, assigning, or dictating the work;
- Facilitating discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution;
- Helping the team define and adapt the development process
- Assisting with internal and external communication and improving transparency.
- Ensuring that the Scrum process does not impede team progress;
- Gathering and processing team metrics and KPI’s to support continuous improvement;
- Listening to what the team has to say.
- Finding opportunities to celebrate wins be a champion for your team, build confidence in your team;
- Building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis of healing and problem solving;
- Guiding and coaching the developers, Product Owner and the wider business on better understanding Agile practices and values;
- Assessing the Scrum Maturity of the team and organization and coaching the team to higher levels of maturity, at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team and organization.
This role is part of our National Security Fundamental business, where we develop operational solutions and deliver mission-critical services to Law Enforcement Agencies and Government departments. Our dedicated engineers and business consultants form multi-disciplinary teams, working together to provide a variety of solutions that help to prevent, protect and pursue criminals involved in serious and organised crime, enhance operational capabilities and deliver digital transformation programmes. Our work is a mix of remote working with some travel to various LEA sites around the UK. We need proactive, solution finding individuals with a can do attitude to join our teams to help solve some of the most difficult challenges so even if this role isn’t a perfect fit we’d still love to hear from you!
Applicants to this role must be amenable to obtain UK Government security clearance
Life at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
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About BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,800 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 16 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.
Launched in 2022, Digital Intelligence is part of BAE Systems, and has a rich heritage in helping to defend nations and businesses around the world from advanced threats.