Scrum Master

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Founded in 2001, Adage is a web design and development firm that combines strategic thinking with a passion for technology to advance our client's purpose. We bring together a diverse team of creative and technical professionals who partner with our clients to create and implement their digital strategy. It's our people-first approach that drives us to win awards, work with prestigious clients, and break ground with exciting technology. Adage is consistently recognized as one of Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois, and on Crain's Best Places to Work in Chicago.

We are looking for a motivated and experienced Scrum Master who will empower our teams as a servant leader, applying the Scrum framework to optimize team performance. As a Scrum Master you will be working with multiple teams to facilitate planning and successful delivery of client projects through the full project development lifecycle.  You’ll monitor team performance and remove any impediments that block sprint goals. You will help to foster a safe working environment for the team, and will be an innovator who seeks continuous improvement for high performing teams.

Our ideal candidate is a collaborative problem solver with a passion for servant leadership and proven experience in practicing Scrum principles to guide teams in producing high quality work.

What you’ll do:

  • Coach and coordinate 1-2 scrum teams as Scrum Master, collaborating with Project Owners, Designers, and Developers on project workflow
  • Assist in communicating and mitigating cross-team dependencies to maintain team velocity
  • Facilitate scrum rituals, meetings, and any necessary decision-making processes for the team (sprint planning, daily standups, feedback meetings, sprint reviews/retrospectives, etc.)
  • Provide support to the team using a servant leadership style and leading by example
  • Collaborate with Scrum teams and Project Owners in developing sprint reports and workflows
  • Guide the team on how to get the most of out of self-organization 
  • Facilitate estimation meetings using relative effort estimation techniques
  • Work with team to determine technical debt and dependencies
  • Provide support for the development team and project owner in delivering incremental value each sprint for the projects
  • Champion Scrum practices and values across teams, and educate others on these practices
  • Help to identify and apply strategies for process improvement for the development teams

We want someone who has:

  • 3-6 years of experience working as Scrum Master and strong understanding of Scrum principles
  • Good skills and knowledge of servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency
  • Knowledge of patterns and techniques for filling in the intentional gaps left in the Scrum approach (example: burn-down techniques, retrospective formats, handling bugs, etc.)
  • Excellent ability to collaborate and communicate with both internal and external teams
  • Strong understanding of software development lifecycle and experience working with both business and technology teams
  • Has a background in content management systems, ecommerce, or other digital technologies
  • Has provided agile training to teams, clients, or stakeholders
  • Consulting experience a major plus
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) a plus

What Adage Offers

Adage has consistently been recognized as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois, and on the Crain’s list of Best Places to Work in Chicago. We have a people first approach, and support our employees with the things that matter most. You’ll enjoy work life balance with flex schedules, work from home options, and 20+ days paid time off annually. Adage offers great benefits with 85% employer paid insurance, profit sharing bonuses, 401k, and FSA. We have monthly happy hours, quarterly social events, an annual retreat, and a great office environment with a stocked kitchen.

Adage Technologies is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a team that represents and respects diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skill sets. All qualified candidates that share Adage's core values are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Location

Our office is along the river between Madison and Monroe. We're conveniently located to the train stations and public transit, steps from West Loop.

An Insider's view of Adage Technologies

What are some social events your company does?

Adage is really good about keeping us connected while working remotely. There are quarterly happy hours and recently the PO team did a boat cruise that ended in drinks along the river. We also get a team budget, and use this on social lunches.

Emma Welch

Project Coordinator

What does your typical day look like?

I come into work every day knowing that I am going to solve multiple problems. Brainstorming different approaches is a challenge but, rewarding at the same time. We are problem-solvers and build solutions in difference spaces ranging from branding, user experience, optimization, technology integration, and more.

Will Moran

Associate Design Director

How does the company support your career growth?

At Adage, we are given the opportunities to explore and implement new trending technologies. This makes a huge difference in our work and helps us continue to grow in our careers. This is part of what makes Adage such a great place to work.

Johnny Chin

System Admin

What's something quirky about your company?

Everyone shares a love for karaoke. After every company event, we always find ourselves headed to the nearest karaoke bar.

Rene Reiter

Marketing Director

What are Adage Technologies Perks + Benefits

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Diversity manifesto
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Adage offers Health FSA and Dependent Care FSA so that you can take care of those out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.
Disability Insurance
We cover 100% of cost for Short Term Disability for all full-time employees, which pays out 60% of your salary up to $1,500 per week
Dental Benefits
Adage uses MetLife dental and pays 90% of the premiums for employees, spouses, and dependents.
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We participate in Blue Cross Blue Shield and offer HMO and PPO plan options. Adage pays 90% of the premiums for employees, spouses, and dependents.
Life Insurance
Adage provides life insurance at no cost to employees, with benefit up to $50,000
Pet Insurance
We understand family extends to the furry members too
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Our in-building gym has machines, free weights, and a studio with on-demand fitness classes.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Adage offers a 401k plan that you can start contributing to immediately
401(K) Matching
After 1 year of service, Adage makes a 3% match of your compensation package into your 401k
Performance Bonus
Adage provides quarterly profit-sharing bonuses based on company and team performance
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Adage offers Dependent Care FSA so that you can pay for those out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.
Generous Parental Leave
We provide paid leave for all new parents. Bonding leave is for new parents and covers up to 2 weeks fully paid. Maternity leave is for birth moms and covers up to 6 weeks fully paid
Flexible Work Schedule
We offer flexible schedules outside of core hours (10am-4pm)
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Adage offers 20 days of PTO per year that covers vacation, sick and personal time. At 3 years that goes up to 23 days and at 5 years you accrue 25 days annually to use however you want.
Paid Holidays
We observe 8 paid holidays each year and include 1 additional floating holiday to use on any other holiday, including your birthday
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Some people like to wear dress shirts, some people like to wear jeans and sneakers
Commuter Benefits
Adage offers pre-tax commuter benefits for CTA and Metra
Company Outings
At Adage we "Enjoy the Journey" as much as possible, with quarterly outings, holiday parties and an annual employee retreat, APEX.
Stocked Kitchen
We've got the snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout the day. We're stocked with soda, LaCroix, a coffee machine that makes lattes and espressos, and a smorgasbord of brain food and treats.
Some Meals Provided
Between Lunch & Learns, Quarterly Update Presentations, Project Celebrations, holidays and employee appreciation events
Happy Hours
Adage hosts monthly Happy Hours so our employees have the chance to kick back and get to know one another outside of teams
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
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