Scrum Master Project Manager (Kenya)

Nairobi, Kenya
January 23, 2024
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Job Description

About the job

Scrum Master Project Manager

At TransUnion, we have a welcoming and energetic environment that encourages collaboration and innovation we’re consistently exploring new technologies and tools to be agile. This environment gives our people the opportunity to hone current skills and build new capabilities, while discovering their genius.

Come be a part of our team – you’ll work with great people, pioneering products and cutting-edge technology.

What you’ll bring:

Project Manager

  • Manages 1 to 3 multi-faceted Projects and or 1 Programs at the same time
  • Responsibility and Accountability for the Project:
  • Fully accountable for the result of the project, is the driver that holds the project together.
  • The project manager leads the project with passion, as if it was his or her own business.
  • Follow the TU PSO process regarding deliverables and documentation
  • Manage the Timeline
  • Manage the Budget
  • Manage the Issues and Risk Register
  • Manage Scope Change
  • Manage Decision Register
  • Complete all Documents (Project Charter, MSP Plan, Weekly Report on PowerPoint, Weekly report on Clarity, Steerco Pack, Project Checklist, Project Close Out documentation, etc…)
  • Manage projects sites , TFS, SharePoint and Clarity

2. Defines Project Roles and Responsibilities: Working closely with the Customer, Sales Team Infrastructure, ISG etc… the PM is ultimately responsible for defining the project scope and objectives to ensure project members understand what is expected of them and what they should expect from one another.

3. Performs Project Tracking:

  • Prepares, maintains and submits clear & concise activity/progress reports and time recording/management reports.
  • The No. 1 reason for tracking a project is to discover potential problems before they occur.
  • The PM applies this proactive approach in routinely tracking the project members’ progress against their project commitments.
  • Adopts Project Management Best Practices: The PM, not management, is responsible for defining, teaching, and enforcing the use of good project management practices.
  • A broad and flexible toolkit of techniques, resolving complex, interdependent activities into tasks and sub-tasks that are documented, monitored and controlled.
  • Adapt their approach to the context and constraints of each project, knowing that no “one size” can fit all the variety of projects.
  • Always improving their own and their teams’ skills through lessons-learned reviews at project completion.

Scrum Master – Role

  • Manages 1 to 2 Scrum teams at the same time
  • With the team define and agree Definition of Ready
  • With the team define and agree Definition of Done
  • Ensure all backlog items are in TFS and Prioritized
  • Set up daily Standup meetings and assist in the using of the system TFS for these meetings
  • Set up and manage the Sprint Review’s using the template supplied
  • Set up and manage the Sprint Retrospective’s using the template supplied
  • Manage and update the daily Sprint burn down chart using the template supplied
  • Set up and manage the Sprint planning session’s
  • Assist team in defining and agree Sprint Goal
  • Assist the Business Analysist and Dev Manager in prioritizing and grooming backlog items
  • Manage the Impediments stopping the team form delivering on commitments
  • Identify, communicate and manage dependencies across teams
  • Attend and communicate at Scrum of Scrums
  • Add production defects to the backlog to be prioritized by the Dev Manager and Product Owners
  • Manage Decision register

Preferred requirements:

  • Scrum master certification or Safe Lean agile advantageous
  • Relevant Tertiary qualification
  • 5 years Project management experience and 2 years scrum experience
  • Self-motivated, quick and assertive
  • Extremely detailed oriented and organized
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Cool, calm, collected and collaborative work well under pressure and comfortable with change and complexity in dynamic environments. Can shift readily between the “big picture” and the small-but-crucial details, knowing when to concentrate on each.
  • Ability to develop project plans, manage individual deadlines and goals.
  • Knowledge of project metrics, including gathering, reporting, trend analysis, creation, and metrics.
  • Ability to identify issues and problems, generate solutions and choose appropriate alternatives using basic root cause analysis.
  • Manage project scope by assessing requirements changes, determining and conveying impact on budget, time and risk.
  • Manage client expectations, anticipates operational and tactical risks and tracks them. Clarify, identify, and track requirements and issues, remove barriers, resolve minor project issues and escalate to immediate manager where required
  • Proficient in all MS Office applications, MS Project, TFS, Clarity etc…

Impact you’ll make:

Overall PM / SM

1. Is a change agent:

  • They make project / scrum team goals their own and use their skills and expertise to inspire a sense of shared purpose within the project/ scrum team.
  • They enjoy the organized adrenaline of new challenges and the responsibility of driving business results.
  • Able to identify and balance the needs of multiple stakeholders and priorities. Can demonstrate ways to meet the diverse needs of different interest groups.

2. Makes Things Happen:

  • Have the knowledge, skills and experience to be able to recognize when problems surface or potential problems are looming.
  • Able to articulate problems, bring the right people together to solve problems and know when the problem has been properly addressed and closed—all this with the proper sense of urgency that the problem requires.

3. Promotes Customer Involvement:

  • The PM / SM recognizes that a project / scrum team’s success is directly related to satisfying the customer; therefore, customer involvement is essential to ensure that the right product is built.
  • Communicates Project / Sprint Status Upward and to the Client.
  • No significant project status leaves the boundaries of the project without PM / SM approval.

4. Promotes Good Working Relationships:

  • The PM / SM serves as a role model in promoting good working relationships across a project / scrum team.
  • PM / SM’s cultivate the people skills needed to develop trust and communication among all of a project’s stakeholders: its sponsors, those who will make use of the project’s results, those who command the resources needed, and the project team members.
  • Enforces Effective Change Control: The PM / SM ensures that scope creep, communications, and quality are carefully managed.
  • Drives Decision-Making to Lowest Level Possible: The PM / SM drives ownership of decisions to the level where the accountability of the decision must lie. A key result is that project members, with proper training and coaching, will almost always rise to the expectations placed on them. Mentors Project / Scrum team Members: The PM / SM is a teacher and a helper.
  • Consensus and Contingency: The PM / SM routinely engages in building consensus, developing contingency planning and providing feedback

9. Applies Lessons Learned From Recent Projects / Sprints : The PM/ SM studies the lessons learned from prior projects and Sprints and applies the most important lessons to the new project / Sprint.

10. Encourages and Supports Escalations:

  • Communicates to all concerned parties Project / Sprint milestones, status updates, as well as any existing or potential customer escalation issues.
  • Proactively follows escalation and change control processes.
  • Has overall ownership of all management reports on a given engagement.
  • The PM / SM establishes a project / Scrum team culture where escalations to resolve “stagnant” problems are viewed as good business and not viewed as being personal.

11. Sets a good example”, models desired behavior

This is a hybrid Position and involves regular performance of job responsibilities virtually as well as in-person at an assigned TU Office Location for a minimum of two days a week

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted