Scrum Master in Fort Worth, TX at MDI Group

Date Posted: 7/31/2018

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Job Description

MDI Group is a premier IT workforce solutions provider with more than 25 years of expertise in finding “best fit” IT talent for mid-sized to Fortune 500 clients. We have established relationships with our clients and work directly with the hiring managers. Why MDI Group?...You can expect that we will learn what is most important to you in your job search and match that to the needs of our clients. We offer career coaching and resume services, skills certifications, interview preparation skills, health benefits and a 401K plan. We are currently interviewing for the following contract position:

Scrum Master


Fort Worth, TX


This position is responsible for implementing, facilitating and enabling the Scrum process at the team level for a key initiative project supporting Operations.  In a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) the Scrum Master has additional responsibilities to accommodate for the support of scaling Agile as prescribed by SAFe. The Scrum Master should be a servant-leader who ensures adherence to standard Scrum practices in order to continually improve the team’s performance.

Project Description

Improve the safety, availability, reliability and velocity of rolling stock by minimizing derailments and service interruptions using new or re-purposed predictive detector analytics, augmenting manual inspections, identifying defects in dynamic state while en-route, scheduling inspections / repairs performed after unloading when possible, reducing train delays associated with setouts and proactively identifying “bad actors”. This vision is realized by leveraging an industrial sensor network and Internet of Things (IoT) approach to enable condition based maintenance for all rail cars on the network.

Essential Functions

The Scrum Master has the following responsibilities in a scaled agile environment:

Ensure Scrum and SAFe process, rules, and ceremonies are properly applied by leading, facilitating and supporting the following:

  • Daily stand-up meetings
  • Sprint Planning
  • Sprint Retrospectives
  • Sprint Demos
  • Scrum of Scrum meetings
  • Release Planning Events

Coach the team to:

  • Become a self-governing high-performance team
  • Collaborate and effectively manage work
  • Resolve issues and conflict

Assist the Product Owner in:

  • Maintaining and prioritizing the Product Backlog
  • Writing and breaking down User Stories
  • Write and estimate User Stories
  • Refine the team’s work capacity
  • Provide transparency to the work and project status

Work with the Release Train Engineer (RTE)/Technology Services leadership to help facilitate:

  • Release Planning Events
  • Scrum of Scrums
  • Program governance
  • System Demos
  • Team status reports
  • Stakeholder management and organizational change management
  • Collaborate with and escalate as required to the TS Application Development manager
  • Remove any impediments to the team’s progress
  • Create and maintain work visibility (Kanban boards, Agile tools, charts, etc.)
  • Gather and maintain team metrics

Desired Skills and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college/university or equivalent work experience.
  • At least one Agile methodology certification such as
  • SAFe SA (Certified Scaled Agile Framework Agilist)
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
  • CSM (Certified Scrum Master)
  • PSM (Professional Scrum Master)
  • Formal facilitation training or mentoring under a Scrum Coach
  • More than two years managing projects and/or programs using a formal project management methodology (Scrum, Accelerated SAP - ASAP, Waterfall, etc.)
  • Experience managing stakeholders
  • Experience coordinating or serving on multi-team projects, and working in cross-functional teams or environments
  • Experience in business and solution development, project/program management, and project delivery
  • Excellent understanding of the system development life cycle
  • Ability to interact effectively with various levels within the organization
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college/university (MBA, Information Systems or Computer Science)
  • Experience with VersionOne and Planview
  • Transportation industry experience

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