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Product Owner, Aviation IT

Company: Starr & Co
Location: Atlanta
Posted on: July 16, 2019

Job Description:

Job Description - Starr Aviation is the leading Aviation insurance market in the United States. Starr Aviation currently builds and maintains several enterprise scale platforms to meet the unique needs of the Aviation insurance industry in an engaging environment leveraging the latest technologies. We are currently seeking an Agile Scrum Product Owner that will be responsible for establishing, prioritizing, and evaluating the work of the software development team to ensure all features and functionality of the product are developed to meet user needs and expectations. The Product Owner will also work very closely with the business to ensure a proper understanding of features, and ensure that the Scrum team is constantly in alignment with business priorities. Roles / Responsibilities: * Champion the product backlog with well written epics, features, and stories that include appropriately detailed acceptance criteria. * Modify, split, clarify, break down, and refine backlog items with Scrum Master and Development Team input. * Give final approval for backlog items and acceptance of completed user features. * Maintain focus on product ROI and value at all times. * Consistently express the 'what' and 'why' of a feature or user story to enhance understanding and implementation. * Collaborate with key stakeholders to define, develop, shape and refine requirements of business applications and platform products. * Work closely with Product Management to create and maintain a product backlog according to business value or ROI * Balance Functionality, Security, Architecture, Maintainability, Scalability, and Reliability in the backlog. * Build and refine the product roadmap with, and to inform key Stakeholders. * Communicate with Business owners, product management and engaged Stakeholders in the process and make known impacts and changes to the plan. * Develop in depth product and domain knowledge. * Plan, schedule, and communicate release dates, desired requirements, and the basis for Business goals and decisions. * Participate in Agile ceremonies as required and be readily available to answer questions and support the Sprint schedule. * Accept or reject Sprint work in Sprint Review ceremonies. * Ensure the Development Team always have enough stories ready and available for each Sprint that meets or exceeds their available velocity and capacity for work. Required Skills / Experience: * Agile proponent: You understand the benefits of the Agile/Scrum framework and what it can achieve for the Business. You represent this understanding through a well-defined, well organized, and highly prioritized product backlog. * Self-Learner: You pursue a level of product and domain knowledge that allows you to quickly become an expert in the product. * Collaborative Negotiator: You regularly achieve consensus, finding the best outcome for all involved, and can gain agreement between multiple stakeholders, business leaders, and Agile teams. * Planner: You thrive in devising strategies for success and can adapt to changes in the plan to better achieve Business goals. You are passionate about organization and presenting the merits of your plan to others. * Knowledgeable: You have a well-rounded understanding of a modern software development life-cycle with the ability to understand technical discussions and can formulate a decision based on prioritization and technical limitations. * Innovator: You frequently ask if there is a better way and engage in improving on accomplishments and seek to deliver maximum value in regards to your teams' effort in every situation. * Communicator: You can communicate the feature or product strategy concisely and effectively to key Stakeholders and team members. You incorporate Stakeholder input into product roadmap while effectively negotiating tradeoffs of conflicting priorities based on value to the Business and its customers. * 3+ years of Agile Product Owner experience in a dynamic technology environment. * 3+ years' experience working in an Agile/Scrum work environment. * 3+ years' experience with full software development life-cycle. * 3+ years' experience in planning Agile releases and shippable increments. * Demonstrated business and technology related acumen. * Ability to effectively communicate recommendations to executive management. * Strategic, analytical, and critical thinking expertise; ability to break down complex problems and formulate executable plans. * Must possess project/time management proficiency. * Strong cross-functional partnership & leadership skills. * Excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills. * Experience in working effectively with others not fluent in Agile methodologies. * Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, required. Preferred Skills: * Knowledge of other Agile approaches: XP, Kanban, Crystal, FDD, etc. * Experience with Agile techniques: User Stories, ATDD, TDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Pairing, etc. * Competency in product owner tools and basic office programs (MS Office, MS Azure DevOps, Version One, Rally, Jira) * Azure or prior Development experience considered a plus * Additional certifications or relevant training considered a plus * Degree in Aviation, Computer Science, or Engineering * Experience with SAFe Scaled Agile and PI Planning

Keywords: Starr & Co, Atlanta , Product Owner, Aviation IT, Other , Atlanta, Georgia

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