Sr. Leader, Lead Product Owner #857
The Sr. Leader, Lead Product Owner (LPO) is a critical role responsible for maximizing the value of MVP's IT investments by creating agile development plans that focus on delivering the highest value work in the shortest possible time period with the least amount of effort. The success of this role depends on the ability to foster high levels of collaboration, the ability to negotiate requirements with stakeholders, and the ability to lead colleagues through the process of decomposing projects into actionable features and stories.
Specifically, the LPO manages Technical Product Owners and Scrum Masters working with multiple scrum teams focused on multiple projects. The LPO is responsible for creating and managing the feature level backlog in order to coordinate consistent releases and maintain up-to-date prioritized execution plans that inform IT-TS road maps. As this effort is likely to include management of external scrum teams, the LPO will need to be adept at identifying development partners, managing vendors, tracking and reporting costs and budgets. The additional complexity of successfully integrating internal and external development teams requires experience in managing diverse teams, communicating complex information, and identifying opportunities to improve processes.
The LPO is responsible for balancing the need to architect new solutions in a manner that maximizes the long-term viability of the work, while also recognizing the need to execute and maximize ROI. To that end, the LPO must be able to communicate with architects and engineers, understand multiple viewpoints with regard to technology, and feel comfortable making and justifying decisions regarding what work actually gets done and how. While not the owner of the technology road map, the LPO significantly impacts its execution.
The LPO will manage 10 or more product owners, systems analysts and scrum masters as part of her or his role. He or she will be responsible for developing the team’s capabilities so that the its members become more adept at managing large projects using agile techniques, more skilled in regard to modern technology components, and more aware of specific use cases that drive MVPs projects.
A large challenge for the LPO is the need to balance tactical versus strategic work priorities coming from various key stakeholders and the need to keep teams focused on meeting day-to-day project deliverables while keeping them focused on the long-term goal of meeting project timelines. To that end, the LPO must be comfortable and skilled in terms of communicating information to executive and other stakeholders in a manner that instills confidence while not ignoring potential risks.
- Collaborate with product/platform managers, architects, and business stakeholders to translate long-term product vision into actionable road maps based on epics and features
- Work with business and technical stakeholders to refine and prioritize features across multiple backlogs in order to achieve delivery goals
- Develop and mentor a team of existing Technical Product Owners and Scrum Masters with the goal of building agile stories, improving team efficiency, and maximizing velocity across multiple teams
- Ensure communication of road map updates on a sprint by sprint basis to broader audiences
- Manage the work performed by 3rd party development teams contributing to team velocity and ensure quality and timeliness of their work
- Contribute to development of business cases for new products and projects and participate in vendor selection and negotiation when appropriate;
- Drive and maintain uncompromised product quality standards
- Contribute to consensus-driven decision making with IT-TS colleagues and management.
Bachelor’s degree in information technology or computer science preferred; but not necessary if candidate has substantial work experience in IT, software development, informatics, or health insurance.
10 years of software development, product or project management experience in a technology development environment. Experience managing personnel in that environment is useful.
Office 365, basic programming, agile software development, project management.
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