Scrum Master- Senior Level

Washington, DC

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Job Description

Our team is what makes Octo great. At Octo you'll work beside some of the smartest and most accomplished staff you'll find in your career.  Octo offers fantastic benefits and an amazing workplace culture where you will feel valued while you perform mission critical work for our government.  Voted one of the region’s best places to work multiple times, Octo is an employer of choice!

Octo Consulting Group is seeking a Senior-Level Scrum Master t to join our growing team. The candidate will be responsible for advising and facilitating policy, process, and cultural transformation across a major government enterprise, as well as working directly with Agile Programs within the Agency to adopt Agile practices.  This includes developing agile guidance artifacts, creating standards and processes, and training/mentoring program personnel. The Scrum Master will provide hands-on coaching for Programs to facilitate a smooth transformation into Agile processes and capture the best practices for knowledge sharing across the organization.


  • Design and develop Agile processes and practices for Agile adoption across a large government agency
  • Work with Agile Programs to identify gaps in Agile delivery, and facilitate improvement
  • Develop an Agile training curriculum and design transformation workshops
  • Lead Agile training and workshops for contractor and government staff
  • Facilitate government transformation of organizational governance functions to enable the adoption of Agile processes and practices by the development team
  • Working with individual Product Owners to assist in creating a product vision and facilitate the collaboration between the Product Owner and team to create a release plan and product backlog
  • Supporting the creation of team charters, including team norms and agreements, definitions of ready and done, release and sprint schedules, and other standards that will help drive team success
  • Supporting the identification and development of user stories, including sizing efforts and story point assignments, identification of story acceptance criteria,  and associating user stories with like stories to create epics
  • Conducting Agile ceremonies such as sprint planning, sprint reviews, sprint retrospectives, daily scrums, and product backlog grooming
  • Supporting Agile engineering practices such as regular code check-in, unit testing, architecture evolution, simple and clear design, regular review and feedback loops with the customer, testing automation and regression testing, including (if appropriate), continuous integration
  • Facilitating product demos for Product Owner

Skills & Requirements

  • Must be able to attain a public trust clearance
  • At least 5+ years of experience as an Scrum Master, Agile Transformation or Agile Coach leading Agile transformation and adoption within federal and/or commercial environments
  • 10+ years professional experience (5+ years in an Agile consulting capacity)

Desired Skills

  • One or more Expert-level Agile certification(s) - SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP) etc. - Scaled Agile Framework experience preferred
  • Experience implementing and continually improving Agile principles and practices, and coaching the customer on the recommended approach 
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to communicate solutions effectively to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Technical background with a deep understanding of modern Technical Architecture and DevOps practices preferred
  • Innovative thinking – ability to learn new tools and techniques and apply them to the program
  • Responsible, reliable, flexible, with strong attention to detail


  • Advanced degree preferred (MBA, MS, MIS) or equivalent experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree is required

Location: Washington, DC (China Town)

Clearance: Public Trust clearance required


Physical Requirements:

  • Regularly required to sit for extended periods up to 80% of the time; frequently required to move about to access file cabinets and use office equipment such as PC, copier, fax, telephone, cell phone, etc.
  • Occasionally required to reach overhead, bend, and lift objects of up to 10 lbs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include use of computer monitor screens up to 80% of time

Work Environment:

  • Individual’s primary workstation is located in an office area
  • The noise level in this environment is low to moderate

At Octo, our focus is on delivering results that matter. We are a premier provider of digital solutions and services to the federal government specifically in the areas of UI/UX, Agile, Data, and Cloud services.  We support and modernize our federal customer’s mission critical systems and functions. Agility is at our core: it is the mantra that drives us to succeed. We work quickly, analytically and deliver on agency priorities.

Octo is a growth-oriented firm that provides a unique, differentiated employee culture relative to our Federal market peers.  We leverage this growth-oriented and employee-focused culture to attract and retain a higher grade of talent than our peers to be an employer of choice.

  • Please no Corp-to-Corp or 1099 candidates; this position is W-2 only
  • We are unable to sponsor H1B applicants for this role
  • US citizenship required as per potential clearance requirements
  • Relocation will not be offered
  • Octo Consulting Group is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, protected veteran status, race, color, religious creed, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, or genetic information. Octo Consulting Group’s commitment to diversity and inclusive selection practices includes ensuring qualified long-term unemployed job seekers receive equal consideration for employment
  • Selected applicant will be subject to a background investigation