• Scrum Master (Ottawa)

    Posted Date (MM/DD/YYYY) 4 weeks ago(10/25/2018 11:35 AM)
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    Full Time
    Career Level
    Intermediate, Senior
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    Job Category
    Operational Innovation
  • Job Description

    Scrum Master


    Location: Ottawa


    Why you?


    Pythian's Software-Defined Enterprise (SDE) requires a Scrum Master to increase the Agile maturity of the group tasked with the creation of a new modern toolset to support internal resources in performing their duties and to communicate their progress to customers.

    What will you be doing?


    The Scrum Master is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum by helping everyone understand Scrum theory, practices, rules, and values.

    The Scrum Master is a servant-leader for the Scrum Team. They help 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.


    The Scrum Master serves the Product Owner in several ways, including:

    • Ensuring that goals, scope, and product domain are understood by everyone on the Scrum Team as well as possible;
      • Finding techniques for effective Product Backlog management;
      • Helping the Scrum Team understand the need for clear and concise Product Backlog items;
      • Understanding product planning in an empirical environment;
      • Ensuring the Product Owner knows how to arrange the Product Backlog to maximize value;
      • Understanding and practicing agility; and,
      • Facilitating Scrum events as requested or needed.


    The Scrum Master serves the Development Team in several ways, including:
    • Coaching the Development Team in self-organization and cross-functionality;
    • Helping the Development Team to create high-value products;
    • Removing impediments to the Development Team’s progress;
    • Facilitating Scrum events as requested or needed; and,
    • Coaching the Development Team in organizational environments in which Scrum is not yet
    fully adopted and understood.


    The Scrum Master serves the organization in several ways, including:
    • Leading and coaching the organization in its Scrum adoption;
    • Planning Scrum implementations within the organization;
    • Helping employees and stakeholders understand and enact Scrum and empirical product
    • Causing change that increases the productivity of the Scrum Team; and,
    • Working with other Scrum Masters to increase the effectiveness of the application of Scrum in the organization.

    What do we need from you?


    While we understand you might not have everything on the list, to be successful you are likely to have skills such as;


    • Be located in Ottawa
    • Know the Scrum Guide inside and out
    • A strong grasp of the four values and twelve principles of Agile
    • Can explain the difference between iterative and incremental development
    • Strong communication and conflict resolution skills
    • Strong coaching skills with ability to motivate and lead a team
    • Knowledge of the Atlassian suite of products, specifically JIRA
    • 2+ years of hands-on leadership and people management experience (preferably in a technical environment)
    • Passing knowledge of other Agile frameworks such as Kanban
    • Comfortable working at a fast pace with changing priorities
    • Basic knowledge of software development processes and procedures to understand the teams’ needs and be able to identify gaps
    • BS/BA preferred or equivalent

    What do you get in return?


    • Competitive total rewards package
    • Flexible work environment.
    • Outstanding people: Collaborate with the industry’s top minds.
    • Substantial training allowance: Hone your skills or learn new ones; participate in professional development days, attend conferences, become certified, whatever you like!
    • Amazing time off: Start with a minimum 3 weeks vacation, 7 sick days, and 2 professional development days!
    • Office Allowance: Purchase a device of your choosing and personalise your work environment!


    Why Pythian?


    Established in 1997, Pythian is a global IT Data company based in Ottawa, Canada that specializes in designing, implementing, and managing systems that directly contribute to revenue and business success. We help companies adopt disruptive technologies such as advanced analytics, big data, cloud, databases, DevOps and infrastructure management to advance innovation and increase agility. We are focusing on product development leveraging new and exciting technology that will empower our customers through digital transformation. More than just a job we hire people who love what they do!


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    • For this job an equivalent combination of education and experience, which results in demonstrated ability to apply skills will also be considered.
    • Pythian is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
    • The successful applicant will need to fulfill the requirements necessary to obtain a background check.



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