Business Analyst & Scrum Master at Octo (Washington DC)

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Octo is an industry-leading, award-winning provider of digital services for the federal government. Octo specializes in providing agile software engineering, user experience design, cloud services, and digital strategy services that address government's most pressing missions. Octo delivers intelligent solutions and rapid results, yielding lower costs and measurable outcomes.

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!

Job Description

As a Business Analyst & Scrum Master at Octo, you will facilitate sprint ceremonies, stakeholder meetings, and serve as the voice of your development team as you ensure their ability to deliver valuable software in a SAFe agile environment. You possess an understanding of Scrum and agile principles and practices and will become a subject matter expert in the product(s) your team supports. You collaborate naturally, are organized and detail-oriented, are a confident communicator, and are a servant leader to your colleagues. You will gather, analyze, and document user needs and requirements and assists technical staff in translating the requirements into systems specifications.


We were founded as a fresh alternative in the Government Consulting Community and are dedicated to the belief that results are a product of analytical thinking, agile design principles and that solutions are built in collaboration with, not for, our customers. This mantra drives us to succeed and act as true partners in advancing our client's missions.

Program Mission

You will be modernizing applications for a high-profile data analytics and GIS program for the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS). This team is charged with maintaining and transforming mission critical applications and is the reporting system of record for asset management, logistics, and sustainability business functions. In addition to geospatial tools, this program relies on business intelligence and data analytics tools.
Skills & Requirements
Skills & Requirements
  • Recent experience working in an Agile development environment
  • Ability to create clearly-worded user stories and process flow diagrams/wireframes, as well as verbally communicate functional requirements clearly to various audiences ranging in technical and business knowledge
  • Perform analysis, review, and estimation of client requests. Prepared and reviewed System Requirements and client documentation.
  • Strong leadership, teamwork, interpersonal, and presentation skills; must be comfortable serving as the voice of the development team/presenting in large virtual meetings
  • Desire to take ownership, be creative with problem solving, and proactively secure the objectives of the team and program mission
  • Responsible for collaborating with product owner and other business stakeholders and engineers to understand the product vision/roadmap and translate into product backlog items
  • Will facilitate Agile ceremonies including demos, retrospectives, planning, backlog refinement, and daily standup meetings
  • Will facilitate estimation and prioritization of product backlog items as needed with technical team and business stakeholders
  • Responsible for assisting in administrative tasks on behalf of the team such as scheduling meetings, providing status reports, briefing materials for senior level leadership, and serving as release manager
  • Will collaborate closely with all team members including developers, customers and SME's to shepherd product backlog items from inception through production deployment.

Desired Skills:
  • Certified Scrum Master certification, or similar
  • Certified SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) certification, or similar
  • Experience in a SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) environment
  • Product Testing and QA support desirable.
  • Customer Demo and Wire Framing experience a plus.
  • Experience with ArcGIS, Tableau, or Power BI dashboard visualization.

Years of Experience: 3+ years' relevant experience working in progressively more responsible relevant roles

Education : Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline - Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent technical degree, or the equivalent combination of education, professional training, and work experience.

Location : Washington, DC - Currently fully remote due to COVID-19.

Clearance : U.S. Citizenship required, ability to receive a DHS EOD

Please note: You must be able to comply with Executive Order No 13991 and Executive Order No 14042.

Octo 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. Selected applicant will be subject to a background investigation.
More Information on Octo
Octo operates in the Artificial Intelligence industry. The company is located in Reston, VA, Columbia, MD, Alexandria, VA, Burlington, MA, Greenwood Village, CO and Phoenix, AZ. Octo was founded in 2006. It has 1001 total employees. To see all 19 open jobs at Octo, click here.
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