Cummins Inc. Scrum Master Principal in Indianapolis, Indiana

Scrum Master Principal


Cummins is a place big enough to coach and develop a global workforce and create the world’s leading clean, engine technology. We’re also small enough for you to find your fit and personal passion with a team of dependable, innovative thinkers who are developing their careers within a diverse, inclusive, empowering environment.

Learn more about this role and how you can begin Working Right .

Our Corporate Business Unit delivers reliable, durable, high performing products to our global partners. Working in an innovative space, you’ll develop high tech solutions that will fuel your advanced career skill set and empower you to own your career. Our integrated businesses demand the talents and creativity of individuals with a wide range of skills and experience.

This is an exciting opportunity in Indianapolis, IN for a Scrum Master Principal. Cummins USA is where you can work on industry leading projects. Digital Accelerator IT is transforming the way we work. This role will be for one of our high performing teams creating digital products as part of the Agile Release Train.

Your impact will happen in these and other ways:

  • Exhibits Lean-Agile leadership. Exhibits the behaviors of a Lean-Agile Leader with a Lean-Agile mindset. Helps the team embrace SAFe Core Values, adopt and apply SAFe Principles, and implement SAFe practices.

  • Supports the team rules. The rules of a SAFe Agile Team are lightweight, but they are rules nonetheless, and the Scrum Master is responsible for reinforcing them. These may include the rules of Scrum,Built-in Quality practices from XP, WIP limits from Kanban, and any other process rules the team has agreed to.

  • Facilitates the team’s progress toward team goals. The Scrum Master is trained as a team facilitator and is constantly engaged in challenging the old norms of development in order to improve performance in the areas of quality, predictability, flow and velocity. Helps the team focus on daily and Iteration Goals in the context of current PI Objectives.

  • Leads team efforts in relentless improvement. Helps the team improve and take responsibility for their actions. Facilitates the team retrospective. Teaches problem-solving and helps the team become better problem-solvers for themselves.

  • Facilitates meetings. Facilitates all team meetings, including (where applicable) the daily stand-up, Iteration Planning, Team Demo, and Iteration Retrospective.

  • Supports the Product Owner. The Scrum Master supports the Product Owner in their efforts to manage the backlog and guide the team while facilitating a healthy intra-team dynamic with respect to priorities and scope.

  • Eliminates impediments. Many blocking issues will be beyond the team’s authority or may require support from other teams. The Scrum Master actively addresses these issues so that the team can remain focused on achieving the objectives of the iteration.

  • Promotes SAFe quality practices. SAFe provides guidance to assist the teams in constantly improving the quality of their deliverables and meeting the Definition of Done; the Scrum Master helps foster the culture of technical discipline and craftsmanship that is the hallmark of effective Agile Teams.

  • Builds a high-performing team. Focuses on ever-improving team dynamics and performance. Helps the team manage interpersonal conflicts, challenges, and opportunities for growth. Escalates people problems to management where necessary, but only after internal team processes have failed to resolve the issue. Helps individuals and teams through personnel changes.

  • Protects and communicates. Communicates with management and outside stakeholders. Helps protect the team from uncontrolled injection of work.

  • Responsibilities on the Train. The Scrum Master helps coordinate inter-team cooperation and helps the team operate as an effective “team on the train.”

  • Coordinates with other teams. The Scrum Master is typically the representative in the Scrum of Scrums meeting, and they pass information from that meeting back to the team. (See Program Increment for more details.) Often coordinates with the System Team, User Experience, Architecture and Shared Services. It is important to note, however, that the responsibility for inter-team coordination cannot be delegated entirely to the Scrum Master; every team member shares responsibility in that regard.

  • Facilitates preparation and readiness for ART ceremonies. Assists the team in preparation for ART activities, including PI Planning, System Demos, and the Inspect and Adapt

  • Supports estimating. Guides the team in establishing normalized estimates and helps the team and the ART estimate larger Features and Capabilities.

  • Maintain and communicate key performance metrics and visual reports to promote transparency and accountability.



Issue Management - Maintains a cross-functional, cross-organizational project issues list, with appropriate prioritization based on the issue's level of importance. Drives appropriate and timely resolution and approval of changes to the project plan. Trains and/or mentors others in Change and Issue Management.

Scope Management - Solicits and organizes customer requirements (Voice of the Customer) and tracks the status of project deliverables. Proficiently uses a Value Package Profile (VPP) or other appropriate scope-defining document, and proactively manages change. Manages the connections between multiple levels of scope detail in related additional documents (e.g. Tech Profiles or equivalent documents). Trains and/or mentors others in scope management.

Schedule Management - Manages complex schedules integrating multiple sub-projects. Coaches "should mapping" sessions, and/or has an advanced level of proficiency with schedule management tools. Trains and/or mentors others in schedule management.

Resource Plan Management - Develops, manages, and coordinates cross-functional, cross-organizational resource plans for a portfolio, program, and/or project. Knows the right level of detail needed to complete the processes and use the tools effectively. Trains and/or mentors others in Resource Management.

Stakeholder Management and Communication - Identifies, engages and manages stakeholders at many levels of the company and across many functions and across boundaries (geography/cultures/plants/suppliers) on high impact, cross-functional or multi-year initiatives on a project, program or groups of projects and programs. Overcomes obstacles and resistance among stakeholders. Effectively stratifies stakeholder needs and creates and executes communications plans to fit the unique needs of each type of stakeholder. Trains and/or mentors others in stakeholder management.

Business Planning/Strategy - Performs business planning (business case, NPV, etc.) and strategic analysis and able to do sanity checks on the data.

Cross-Functional Knowledge - Understands the detailed work in multiple cross-functional areas. Trains and/or mentors this skill.

Project Risk Management - Leads complex or large project teams in the development of a project FMEA and/or 9-box project risk summary and identifies and manages the actions to mitigate the risk. Trains and/or mentors other in this skill.


  • Five to eight years of experience in a similar role.

  • Experience in Agile software development including coaching on agile methodologies and recent hands-on experience as a Scrum Master.

  • Experience with embedded software engineering teams.

  • Understanding of software development.

  • Agile certifications such as Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified or Professional Scrum Trainer (CST, PST) an asset.

  • Experience with relational database management systems (SQL).

Required Education, Licenses or Certifications

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or related field required. MBA preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary rate commensurate with experience. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Cummins and E-verify

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

Ready to think beyond your desk? Apply for this opportunity to start your career with Cummins today.

Not ready to apply but want to learn more? Join our Talent Community to get the inside track on great jobs and confidentially connect to our recruiting team:


Primary Location United States-Indiana-Indianapolis-US, IN, Indianapolis, 20 N Meridian

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Nov 20, 2018, 3:18:15 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 180007AG