Travelers Scrum Master - AI Accelerator in Phoenix, Arizona
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Job Description Summary
Travelers Enterprise Artificial Intelligence is seeking a Scrum Master to lead teams to deliver capabilities/solutions utilizing the agile process. In this position, you will lead Agile practices at the team level for one or more teams, assist with managing the flow of work, creatively solve problems to accomplish outcomes, track team output and achievement, and identify continuous process improvement opportunities.
Our team is tasked with accelerating the use of AI within the broader organization while adhering to principles of responsible AI use; and we take that very seriously!
This role requires flexibility, passion to learn, and creativity in applying novel technology to all aspects of the business.
Travelers offers a hybrid work location model that is designed to support flexibility
Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities
Practice and encourage Agile mindset and behaviors; coach, inspire and mentor teams on Agile principles, values and practices while role modeling Travelers' leadership behaviors.
Lead the application of Agile practices for a single team. Practices may be Scrum and/or Kanban based. Actions often include visualizing work, limiting work in progress, managing work flow, planning and guidance for daily standups, sprint planning, short, mid, and long range planning, backlog refinement, and retrospective meetings.
Provide summaries of team work at internal reviews and demos.
Ensure progress toward objectives, KPIs and commitments; guide assigned Agile team to deliver the required product increments and outcomes.
Partner with key stakeholders (i.e. Agile Coach and Team Lead) in backlog prioritization as well as tracking and reporting metrics, providing visibility to the team and stakeholders, ensuring a data-driven approach to decision-making.
Identify opportunities to improve team-level Agile performance; focus the team on customer value, quality and continuous improvement activities. Remove team-level impediments and resolve conflicts; anticipate challenges, identify risks, and recommend mitigations and solutions.
Utilize learnings and best practices in furthering the effective use of Agile practices at Travelers.
Facilitate open communication among team members and stakeholders; promote positive team dynamics to ensure members collaborate and work effectively.
Build and leverage effective alliances across other teams and the technical and business communities.
Partner with Circle Leadership on PI Planning activities, organizing and assisting with PI ceremonies.
Share best practices across teams to ensure alignment and consistency in ways of working within a value stream.
Foster an innovative, inclusive and diverse team environment, promoting positive team culture, encouraging collaboration and self-organization.
Provide feedback on work-in-progress, clarify requirements and contribute to removing roadblocks or impediments; Look for opportunities for continuous team and process improvement.
- 2 years of project management or related experience required.
Education, Work Experience, & Knowledge
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
2 years of experience in a Scrum Master or similar Agile role applying Agile principles and practices including delivery of several epics, releases and versions and application of a wide variety of patterns and techniques (i.e. leveraging burndown, facilitating retrospectives, refining user stories, etc.) preferred.
Programming/development experience preferred.
Experience implementing best practices and standards related to Agile product development preferred.
Experience leading others with the ability to earn trust while still challenging the team to improve and operate outside its comfort zone in an Agile environment preferred.
Job Specific Technical Skills & Competencies
Agile Mindset: Embody Agile core values of openness, courage, respect, focus, and commitment. Infuse Agile principles, practices and methodologies to achieve team success.
Project Management: Ability to initiate, plan, execute, and guide the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria within a specified time.
Influence: Ability to influence leaders at all levels and without traditional hierarchy.
Servant Leadership: Foster an environment where individuals thrive as empowered and equal members of a team.
Communication: Ability to communicate thoughts, concepts and practices effectively at all levels, adjusting as needed to a target audience.
Collaboration: Expertise working with others in a cross-functional multi-team environment.
Continuous Improvement: Demonstrate a commitment to continually improve, share learning with others and encourage team development.
Travelers is an equal opportunity employer. We value the unique abilities and talents each individual brings to our organization and recognize that we benefit in numerous ways from our differences.
If you are a candidate and have specific questions regarding the physical requirements of this role, please send us an email (4-ESU@travelers.com) so we may assist you.
Travelers reserves the right to fill this position at a level above or below the level included in this posting.