Assurant Sr Project Manager - Agile in North Richland Hills, Texas

How do we work? We believe in Agile! We utilize the core agile principles in everything we do. Our teams utilize Kanban and Scrum frameworks. We work closely with our business units, other project managers, technology architects and quality assurance specialists to work tickets through a short lifecycle. Releases occur about every two weeks, so that we have quick feedback loops.

What do we want to see from you? We are seeking self-motivated individuals with the ability to achieve broadly communicated objectives under a minimal amount of supervision. You will provide effective collaboration, facilitation, leadership and coaching skills to the agile development process and delivery of applications, as well as enforcing the agile tenants, removing impediments and promoting empowerment. Our expectations are that you will have a good understanding of Agile and both the Kanban and Scrum frameworks. Have a strong track record of helping others to communicate and collaborate with one another with the goal of understanding and delivering working software. You should believe in driving a culture of transparency through all levels of the organization including the management teams for the business and IT.

Where we work Our office is located in North Richland Hills, Texas, which is a suburb of Fort Worth, but within driving distance of about 20 cities and municipalities. There are tons of great places to eat within walking distance of the office. There are also picnic tables and covered areas outside to eat your pack lunch. There's a library, gyms, stores and even a water park (during the summer months) nearby. Assurant has other offices in Miami, Atlanta, Austin, Milwaukee, and elsewhere. We offer the best of both worlds with a small company environment and big company backing. It's a great place to be.

When we work Core hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., so most everyone will be available during those hours. Some early birds show up at 7 to beat traffic, while others like the quiet office after hours. Vacation is important. Take a vacation. You'll start out with about 3 weeks of vacation plus some floating holidays (we have 6 fixed holidays too). You can carry over 120 hours of vacation year to year, but why should you: The benefits package includes short-term and long-term disability. Take your vacation.

Benefits Speaking of benefits: We have great benefits. Individual, couple and singles health plans. You want a high deductible with an HSA? Or maybe a low deductible with an FSAs. Assurant offers dental and prescription benefits, paid long-term and short-term disability, and employee, spouse and child life insurance. We put money in your HSA for you each year, and will add more when you complete health questionnaires and online programs. We offer a 6% 401K match and 10% discount on Assurant stock purchases. We also have a bonus program, school reimbursement plan and paid training at conferences and the like. You get the point, there are lots of benefits.

Apply So what are you waiting for? If you like working in a challenging, fun environment with a great team of professionals, who treat you like one, come on board.

Responsibilities • Work with senior management and executives to determine priorities and resource allocation • Dedicated to the agile transformation of the organization, leading other Agile Project Managers, recommending and implementing improved practices and educating (coaching) the team and leadership as needed • Supports Product Owner to develop product roadmap, release plan and drive solution delivery to meet the product vision with focus on delivering business value • Supports Product Owner ensuring the product backlog is properly groomed – prioritizing and refining user stories for acceptance criteria in JIRA Agile to be ready for the upcoming 1-2 sprints • Fosters collaboration and cross functional communication allowing teams to self-organize • Works with team to ensure quality is included in the Definition of Done and considered during all levels of planning to support an automated test suite • Facilitates: Daily scrum (stand-up), release and sprint planning sessions, Sprint review (demo) and Sprint retrospective • Facilitates discussions, decision making and conflict resolution – removing impediments to successful delivery • Enforces the values and principles of Agile by focusing on continuous learning and feedback loops • Presents reports defining project progress, problems and solutions developing a culture of transparency and trust

Basic Qualifications • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) Industry certification • 4 years of experience working in an Agile environment for software development teams • Bachelor’s Degree

Other Requirements • Excellent communication, facilitation, and coaching skills • Agile experience within a multi-team organization • Understanding and deep tool box of Agile practices such as: retrospectives, daily standups, sprint planning, burn down techniques, servant leadership • Experience working with external teams and vendors • Experience with agile team tools such as Jira is preferred • Ability to collaborate and exercise influence without authority • Familiarity with lean principles and Kanban preferred • Knowledge of other project management methodologies a plus • Real Estate/Mortgage industry experience a plus • Participation in industry agile communities of practice desired • This role will lead and mentor other project managers

Preferred Skills • Master's Degree • PMP certification

Job: *Information Technology

Title: Sr Project Manager - Agile

Location: TX-North Richland Hills

Requisition ID: 48206