• Project Manager/Scrum Master

    Job Locations US-VA-Reston
    Posted Date 3 months ago(6/4/2019 10:50 AM)
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    *Technical Consulting
  • Overview


    Acuity, Inc. has an opening for a Project Manager to support a very visible government client. Are you a dynamic and creative individual who enjoys working in a collaborative environment for the development of sophisticated applications? Come check out Acuity!


    Acuity, Inc. is a leading management and technology consulting firm that specializes in serving the federal government. Our innovative, collaborative and rewarding work environment has earned repeat honors from the Washington Business Journal's Best Places to Work and SmartCEO Corporate Culture awards.




    As a Project Manager you will be working with our customers to help lead their agile implementation efforts through evangelizing best practices while also identifying and quantifying their Agile maturity with a concentration on scrum-related activities.


    This position will lead the team. The ideal candidate is a great analytical thinker and communicator with outstanding facilitation and conflict resolution skills. Possesses proven skills in leading ‘Agile’ teams through an entire project lifecycle in large enterprise organizations. Demonstrates strong experience leading development teams and coaching, training, and presenting Agile concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences. Experience in large portfolio management engagements using scaled agile framework principals is a plus. 


    Other Responsibilities:


    • Manages project resources, develops plans and schedules and promotes adherence to customer (e.g., OIT PM, COR, and/or CO) expectations in schedule (i.e., milestones), quality, and cost
    • Serves as primary POC for DHS CO and COR
    • Client facing meetings to understand requirements and help prioritize organizational strategies and plans
    • Coordinates and leads project team meetings with technical staff and other key stakeholders
    • Establishes financial objectives by preparing a project budget; scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances, initiating corrective actions
    • Facilitates Agile execution
    • Removes impediments for team progress and delivery
    • This includes but not limited to requirements gathering, problem resolution, written and oral communications, staff oversight, and managing daily tasking. In addition, he/she will be responsible for creating and maintaining project schedules and plans of daily operational activities.
    • Facilitate/Ensure that all team-related Scrum events take place and that attendants understand their purposes, teaches all to keep within the time-boxes
    • Coach Product Owners on continually adapting and prioritizing the backlog
    • Ensure that Agile metrics are being tracked daily, monitor them for indications of current or potential problems, and help the team find solutions to those problems
    • Coach agile teams and Product Owners on ways to improve their activities
    • Assist in Release Planning
    • Capture Team Capacity Hours for the planned upcoming release and for each sprint therein
    • Facilitate Team Breakout Sessions with an eye on process and related best practices; provide coaching where needed
    • Help update Release/Program Plan with Features and Dependencies
    • Facilitate Backlog Grooming, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Reviews (including Team Demos), and Sprint Retrospectives, always with an eye on process and relevant good practices; provide coaching where needed
    • Ensure that Sprint Planning artifacts are created and captured, e.g. Sprint Backlog, Sprint Goals, etc.
    • Participate in Scrum of Scrums to communicate and help resolve team impediments and roadblocks


    • Certified in both, PMP and SCRUM
    • 15+years of experience leading Agile software development teams
    • Bachelors degree in Computer Science, MIS, or related area of study
    • Interpersonal skills to interact with team members
    • Communication skills to work effectively with team members, support personnel, and clients
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Experience with applying Agile development methodologies to Operations and Maintenance of legacy systems
    • Verifiable experience introducing and leading implementations of Agile values, principles, and practices including (Scrum, Kanban, Lean, and XP) into an organization


    • Must be US Citizen and be able to obtain and maintain a DHS Suitability

    Strong preference for:

    • Prior DHS experience
    • ITIL Certification


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