Scrum Master

Austin, TX
Engineering
Full-time

At Help.com, we want to help eliminate terrible customer service experiences and make good experiences great. Waiting around for agents to locate your account information, lookup a company policy, or see your previous interaction history will become a thing of the past. 

We're just getting started so you have the chance to come in and help us manage product development on two agile teams. Your contributions will be felt immediately and you'll be able to help us shape our products and development path.

We are predominantly in the JavaScript/Node.js ecosystem, but are developing a microservice architecture that gives us immense flexibility in our choice of languages and tools. We take pride in making sure that our APIs are well documented, our code is well tested, and our team understands what we're building and why. 

Essential Duties

    • Strongly serving and supporting the Product Owner and Development Team in their quest to do everything possible to delight customers
    • Providing all support to the team using a servant leadership style and leading by example. This person should personify Scrum and Agile.
    • Guiding and Coaching the Scrum Team and organization on how to use Agile/Scrum practices and values to delight customers
    • Guiding and Coaching both the Scrum Team and the Development team on how to get the most of out self organization
    • Guiding and Coaching both the Scrum Team and the Development team on self-organizing to fill in the intentional gaps left in the Agile/Scrum frameworks
    • 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
    • Removing impediments or guiding the team to remove impediments by finding the right personnel to remove the impediment.
    • 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.
    • Facilitating getting the work done without coercion, assigning, or dictating the work.
    • Facilitating discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution
    • Assisting with internal and external communication, improving transparency, and radiating information
    • Supporting and educating the Product Owner, especially with respect to refining(aka grooming) and managing the product backlog.

Required Skills/Experience

    • First level Scrum Master certification (PSM I, CSM )
    • Experience playing the Scrum Master role for at least one year for a software development team
    • Good skills and knowledge of servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency
    • Knowledge of numerous well documented patterns and techniques for filling in the intentional gaps left in the Scrum approach(example: numerous Burndown techniques, numerous Retrospective formats, handling bugs, etc)
    • The ability to distinguish between what "is Scrum" what is "not Scrum"

Preferred Skills/Experience (Any of these is a plus):

    • Experience playing the Scrum Master role for at least two years for a software development team that was diligently applying Scrum principles, practices, and theory.
    • Knowledge of other Agile approaches: Kanban, etc.
    • Knowledge and/or experience with widely successful Agile techniques: User Stories, ATDD, TDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Pairing, Automated Testing, Agile Games.
    • Applicable knowledge of the technologies used by the team: Javascript (Node.JS, React, Redux)
    • Experience applying a wide variety of well documented patterns and techniques for filling in the intentional gaps left in the Scrum approach(example: numerous Burndown techniques, numerous Retrospective formats, handling bugs,etc).
    • Previous experience as a team lead.
    • Excellent communication and mentoring skills.

All of our positions are based in our office in downtown Austin, TX. We offer competitive compensation (both cash and equity), an unlimited vacation policy, as well as fully paid medical benefits (health, dental, vision) for eligible employees. Best of all, we have the energy, agility, and fun of a startup.

Help.com is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are unable to sponsor visas at this time, so all candidates must be legally authorized to work in the US.