Product Owner - Planning

  • Location:
    Offsite, San Jose, California, US
  • Alternate Location
    Atlanta, GA; RTP, GA; Remote US
  • Area of Interest
    Human Resources
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
  • Job Id

Who We Are

Digital Experience is a Global Digital team delivering at scale people solutions for Cisco. The DX Data & Analytics Service, with the Digital Experience team provides a comprehensive framework for the definition, governance, quality, integrity, maintenance, security, and distribution of Workforce Information throughout the Enterprise. The role and its responsibilities will span the four major service offerings within the overall Service: P&C Data Integrity, P&C Data Capture and Storage, P&C Data Protection, and P&C Metrics and Distribution. We are partners with our People and Communities leadership team and enable digital solutions for our portfolio of offerings for our people @ Cisco. We have a culture of innovation, collaboration, wired with curiosity for all things digital and are continually seeking to improve our approach to the work we do. You'll work with product managers, offering owners and digital partners to drive the digital roadmap for planning at Cisco.

Who You Are

You ensure that what’s happening in the workforce is always connected to its impact on business results. You don’t just ask “What does turnover look like in our organization?” but rather, “Is the rate of turnover impacting revenue or customer satisfaction?”

Because you are both well versed in business and technically-savvy, you are the connection between the people analytics function, the senior leadership team, greater HR community, and people leaders. You can smoothly and authoritatively explain findings from the data to partners and easily translate recommendations into the language of the business.

As the Product Owner for Planning, you’ll help shape the solution to enable integration of end-product plans for Headcount (Workforce Planning), Hiring (Join & Connect), Compensation, and I&C Action (Inclusion & Collaboration). You’ll drive the creation of a digital solution to support visibility, actionability, and measurement against goals across each of these product areas.

You create collaboration and consensus across the reporting and analytics team, HR, IT and the business in regards to all aspects of people data and analytics. You are able to build, implement and maintain the technology infrastructure needed to help your team answer key business questions and further prioritize the company’s work to deliver strategic value at the right time and cost.

You regularly counsel and coach a team of data experts and analysts on how to create actionable insights that link talent and business outcomes. You build a question-based consultative approach to positioning or selling data-driven solutions.

What You'll Do

Preparation and Participation in PI Planning

  • As a member of the extended Product Management team, the PO is heavily involved in program backlog refinement and prep for Program Increment (PI) planning and also plays a significant role in the planning event itself. Before the event, the PO updates the backlog and typically reviews and contributes to the program vision, Roadmap, and content presentations.
  • During planning, the PO is involved with story definition, providing the clarifications vital to assist the team with their story estimates and sequencing. The entire Agile team, which includes the PO, also work together to resolve their team PI objectives for the upcoming PI.

Iteration Execution

With guidance from System Architect/Engineering and other stakeholders, you have the primary responsibility for building, editing, and maintaining the team backlog. Consisting mostly of user stories, it also includes defects and enablers. Backlog items are prioritized based on user value, time, and other team dependencies determined in the PI planning meeting and refined during the PI.

  • Iteration Planning – The PO reviews and re-prioritizes the backlog as part of the prep work for Iteration Planning, including coordination of dependencies with other POs. During the iteration planning meeting, the PO communicates story detail and priorities and ensures the team aligns and agrees on a final iteration plan.
  • Accepting stories – The PO collaborates with the team to agree on accepted story completion. This includes validating that the story meets acceptance criteria, that it has the appropriate, persistent acceptance tests. In so doing, the PO assures a level of quality, focusing primarily on fitness for use.
  • Understand enabler work – While POs are not expected to drive technological decisions, they are supposed to understand the scope of the upcoming enabler work and collaborate with System and Solution Architect/Engineering to assist with decision-making and sequencing of the critical technological infrastructures that will host the new business functionality. This can often be best accomplished by establishing a capacity allocation, as described in the Team Backlog article.
  • Participate in team demo and retrospective – POs collaborate with their team and any other stakeholders present. They also attend the Iteration Retrospective, where the teams assemble to improve their processes and are active in the Agile Release Train’s (ART’s) Inspect and Adapt (I&A) workshop.

Program Execution

  • Iterations and Agile teams serve a larger purpose; the frequent, reliable, and continuous release of valuable solutions. During each PI, the PO coordinates dependencies with other POs. This often occurs in weekly PO sync meetings (see the PI article for more information). The PO also has an instrumental role in producing the System Demo for program and Value Stream stakeholders. I&A Teams address their larger impediments. There, the PO works across teams to define and implement improvement stories that will increase the velocity and quality of the program.
  • To ensure that they will be able to show the most critical aspects of the solution to the stakeholders, POs also assist in the preparation of the PI system demo in the I&A workshop.

Our Minimum Qualifications for This Role

  • Strong to sophisticated Excel skills for data manipulation and delivery
  • Ability to help stakeholders identify and define data and analytics requirements in business terms
  • Find opportunities for service improvement (optimization, automation, innovation)
  • Formulate conclusions and provide summary analysis and interpretation of data
  • Communicates effectively with clients to identify needs and evaluate alternative business solutions
  • Experience setting technical requirements for process automation
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, expertise in deriving insights through data analysis.
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to dive deep into the data.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to engage effectively with a broad range of audiences including senior business leaders and multi-functional colleagues.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a dynamic and ambiguous environment by combining analytical intelligence and judgment
  • Wired curiosity and passion for learning and continuous improvement
  • Manage multiple priorities and continuously look to prioritize individual scope
  • Comfortable working with minimal direction and possesses excellent interpersonal skills and teaming skills
  • Ability to deliver training/demos (presentations and/or facilitation) both in person and virtual (Webex and/or telepresence)

Why Cisco

Where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference powering an inclusive future for all.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we’re “old” (36 years strong) and only about hardware, but we’re also a software company. And a security company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do – you can’t put us in a box!

But “Digital Transformation” is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, give our egos a break, and give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, bold steps, and take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

So, you have colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That’s cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us!

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Cisco Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements
The health and safety of Cisco's employees, customers, and partners is a top priority. Our goal is to protect and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infection for strong business resiliency during the pandemic. Therefore, Cisco may require new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if the role requires business-related travel, meeting with customers/partners (including visiting third-party sites on behalf of Cisco), attending trade events, and Cisco office entry, unless otherwise prohibited by applicable law, and in countries where COVID-19 vaccination is legally required. The company will consider legally required accommodations/exceptions for medical, religious, and other reasons as per the requirements of the role and in accordance with applicable law. Additional information will be provided to candidates about the requirements and accommodation process at the offer time based on region.