Scrum Master (AC)

Closing date for applications: 17/03/2021
Specialist role
Agile coach
Summary of the work
Cyber Mission Data-Alpha(CMD-A) shall improve the quality of Defence data, through new data structures to enable data exploitation through Machine Learning and Data Science.CMD-A will facilitate the delivery of new Cyber Insights upon data currently held and identify information to assist decision making whilst saving resource effort through automation.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
18 months
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Defence Digital, MOD
Maximum day rate
Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The Scrum Master will work within the multi-disciplined Cyber Mission Data Alpha team. This team consists of Authority Crown Servants, current contract supplier technical resource, and separately procured technical resource.The Cyber Mission Data Alpha team fits within the current construct of the Data as a Service function, which forms part of the wider Defence Cyber Operations.
What the specialist will work on
The Scrum Master will work within the construct of the Agile Delivery Model to lead and contribute towards delivery of:Manage the phase scope and timelineCoordinate sprints, retrospective meetings and daily stand-upsCoach team members in Agile frameworksFacilitate internal communication and effective collaborationBe the point of contact for all communications Work with product owners to handle backlogs and new requestsResolve conflicts and remove obstacles that occurHelp teams implement changes effectivelyEnsure deliverables are up to quality standards Guide development teams to higher scrum maturityHelp build a productive environment where team members ‘own’ the product
Address where the work will take place
MOD Corsham / Working from home.
Working arrangements
5 days per week, either from MOD Corsham or working from home (to be agreed with the Authority)
Security clearance
DV, although initially SC (must be held to start role) would be acceptable with the aim to acquire DV once onboarded.
Additional terms and conditions
Off-payroll working rules apply (IR35 in-scope)
How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
-work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers (1%) -be transparent and collaborative when making decisions (1%) -have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes (1%) -take responsibility for their work (1%) -share knowledge and experience with other team members (1%)
Assessment methods
Evaluation weighting
Technical competence 65% Cultural fit 5% Price 30%
Essential skills and experience
  • Experience in a scrum master role
  • Obtained the Certified Scrum Master qualification
  • Degree in Computer Science, Business or similar field
  • Familiarity with software development
  • Excellent knowledge of Scrum techniques and artefacts (such as definition of done, user stories, automated testing, backlog refinement)
  • Excellent communication and servant leadership skills
  • Problem-solving and conflict-resolution ability
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Agile practices. Coach and lead teams in Agile practices. An advocate of this approach, continuously reflecting and challenging the team. Tailor new ways of working; you are always innovating
  • Commercial management. Take responsibility for complex relationships with contracted suppliers. Identify appropriate contractual frameworks and identify appropriate suppliers. Get good value out of contracts and suppliers
  • Communication skills. Mediate between people/mend relationships, communicating at all levels. Manage stakeholder expectations/facilitate discussions within constrained timescales. Speak to large audiences inside and outside of government
  • Life-cycle perspective. Apply experience throughout the product life cycle. Recognise when to carry on and when to stop. Recognise appropriate deliverables and the right people to meet these
  • Maintaining delivery momentum. Optimise the delivery flow of teams. Actively address the most complicated risks and dependencies including where ownership exists outside the team. Identify ways to unblock issues
  • Making a process work. Identify/challenge organisational processes. Add value/coach the organisation to inspect and adapt processes. Know how to guide teams through the implementation of a new process
  • Planning. Lead a continual planning process in a complex environment. Plan beyond product delivery. Identify dependencies in plans across services/coordinate delivery. Coach teams as the central point of expertise
  • Team dynamics/collaboration. Identify team problems and rectify them. Identify issues through health-checks/provoke the right responses. Provide feedback, choosing the right type at the right time, ensuring the decision sticks
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Previous experience working within a defence or intelligence environment
  • Previous experience working within a defensive cyber security environment

Closing date for applications: 17/03/2021

Scrum Master (AC)

Closing date for applications: 17/03/2021

Specialist role:

Agile coach


South West England


Defence Digital, MOD

Maximum day rate:


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