Product Owner

Role Description and Responsibilities

  • The Scrum product owner (PO) is typically a project's key stakeholder. Part of the product owner responsibilities is to have a vision of what he or she wishes to build and convey that vision to the scrum team. This is key to successfully starting any agile software development project. The agile product owner does this in part through the product backlog, which is a prioritized features list for the product. 

  • The PO role requires an individual with certain skills and traits, including availability, business savvy and communication skills. First, the Scrum PO needs to be available to his or her team. The best POs show commitment by doing whatever is necessary to build the best product possible – and that means being actively engaged with their teams. 

  • Business savvy is important for the agile PO because he/she is the decision maker regarding what features the product will have. The PO should understand the market, the customer and the business in order to make sound decisions. 

  • The PO role requires working closely with key stakeholders throughout the organization and beyond, so he or she must be able to communicate different messages to different people about the project at any given time.

  • Incorporate feature requests into product road-map

  • Groom and prioritize backlog 

  • Develop user stories and define acceptance criteria 

  • Set sprint goals 

  • Write acceptance tests 

  • Plan releases and upgrades 

  • Follow progress of work and address production issues during sprints

  • Analyze preferences and requests of end users

  • Refine our agile methodology based on results and client feedback

  • Keep track of industry trends

  • Manage project budgets and work with Financial Administrator to facilitate invoicing

  • Communicate with the State Contract Manager (If one exists)

 

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Administration, or other related field. Or equivalent work experience.

  • Typically has 3 to 5 years of relevant technical or business work experience.

  • Work experience as a Product Owner or similar role in product management

  • Familiarity with agile - preferred

  • Technical background with knowledge of software development and web technologies

  • Team spirit and good communication abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to define test plans and cases for complex, integrated business system is required. Use of automated test tools a plus

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, software management techniques – change control management, testing, documentation, version management and production migration

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment coordinating across multiple projects to achieve software integration and component re-use

  • Mature judgment and ability to assess alternatives relative to business needs, costs, and functional integrity and flexibility is required

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Must have a team player attitude

  • Ability to interact with all levels of an organization in a professional, diplomatic, and tactful manner

 

Desired Experience

  • Background in data analysis and implementing systems. 

 

Software Experience

  • Microsoft Office Suite

  • Microsoft Visio

  • Microsoft Project

 

Compensation & Benefits

  1. Annual Salary

  2. Full Health & Dental, Vision, Life Benefits

  3. Paid Vacation & Holidays

  4. Profit Sharing 

 

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