Feature Analyst (m/f)

Capricorn Group

Capricorn Group is recruiting a Feature Analyst (m/f), to be based in Windhoek, Namibia.
  • The Feature Analyst is accountable for guiding the clarification of the business requirements, through in-work collaboration with the business stakeholders, and working within the Agile team to ensure these are delivered effectively end-to-end. The Feature Analyst will provide a comprehensive view of the features within an Epic, the functionality required to implement it, and the benefits it delivers to the business. Feature Analysts have broader end-to-end understanding of an Epic/project, can work across multiple Agile teams and Product Owners, and own the process from start to finish, while getting involved at a technical level of implementations
Responsibilities within the Agile Team
  • Collaborate with the Product Owner to create and refine user stories and acceptance criteria
  • Participate in PI Planning and create Iteration plans and Team PI Objectives
  • Develop and commit to Team PI Objectives and iteration goals
  • Estimate the size and complexity of features
  • Use pairing and other practices for frequent review
  • Determine the technical design in their area of concern, within the architectural guidelines
  • Conduct research, design, prototype, and other exploration activities
  • Implement and integrate changes in small batches
  • Create and test the work products defined by their features
  • Test the work products defined by their feature
  • Support operational business solutions
  • Support and/or create the automation necessary to build the continuous delivery pipeline
  • Continuously improve the team’s process
Prioritize and Plan work activities within the Agile Team
  • Facilitate and participate in discovery/inception workshops to create a shared understanding of user needs and the potential technology solution required to deliver these needs
  • Identify user journeys which map out how a user will go through the system
  • Work ahead of the team to get clarity on some (not all) requirements before the next iteration
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams comprised of product management, UX, technology, support, testing, and other subject matter experts to gather and analyze functional needs and user story requirements
  • Groom user stories through business interviews, workshops or procedures and map user stories ensuring they come together as a cohesive whole
  • Provide the Product Owner with key information for prioritization and estimation
  • Facilitate and participate in iteration meetings (product backlog grooming, planning meeting, daily stand-up, review meeting, and retrospectives
  • Obtain sign-off during iteration review sessions
  • Manage the stories, ensuring that all requirements are loaded as stories, and ensuring the stories are assigned to epics
  • Support showcasing stories to stakeholders
  • Work in collaboration with user experience team to ensure that processes, wireframes and content are optimally intuitive to end-users
Manage the Backlog for the Agile Team
  • Ensure that the activities needed to fulfill each item in the backlog are identified, outlined and prioritized before the next sprint
  • Identify missing requirements
  • Clarify the goals and business value of Minimum Marketable Features/Minimal Viable Products
  • Clarify any ambiguity until it is understood by the team
  • Review user stories with the Product Owner with a strategic point of view
  • Capture and keep the business and data rules up-to-date
  • Ensure that where stories are blocked, these stories are prioritised to other iterations
  • and new stories identified to replace them in the current iteration
Test cases for system
  • Work with users to develop acceptance criteria or test cases for the system
  • Produce acceptance tests from acceptance criteria
  • Provide regular feedback by testing the deliverables against a user story’s acceptance criteria
  • Provide regular feedback by validating that the product meets the business goals
  • Provide support and input into system testing activities including participating in the development of the testing approach, development of test cases as well as the creation of testing scenarios
  • Collaborate with the team to deliver on backlog xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Wear different hats: designer, tester, facilitator, product owner, etc
  • Create a shared understanding of what the product is supposed to do
  • Collaborate with the rest of the agile team to ensure that stories are delivered effectively and quality standards are adhered to
  • Collaborate with developers, testers and user experience team to ensure that they are engaged ‘in the work’ to understand business context
  • Core Competencies:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Oral & Written Communication
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Information Technology Application
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Career Management
  • Experience/Knowledge & Skills:
  • Knowledge of Agile methodology
  • Understand the impact of features across the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
  • Have the relevant technical and business skills to communicate with a variety of stakeholders
  • Good understanding and experience of IT terminology and processes
  • Ability to prioritize workloads and work with minimum supervision
  • Analytical skills for transforming defined business needs into technical requirements
  • 3 - 4 years' Business Analysis and Design. Experience with requirements elicitation, gathering, documentation and management
  • 3 - 4 years' Business Support. Understanding business needs and be able to analyze requirements
  • 3 years' banking experience
  • Qualifications:
  • Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or equivalent
  • Lean Six Sigma Certification will be an added advantage
  • SAFe certification will be an added advantage
  • Applicable knowledge of the technologies used by the team will be an added advantage
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted


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