Technical Product Owner
Location: Chicago, IL


Job Description

Our ideal Product Owner will have the mindset of a startup entrepreneur, with enough technical background to hold their own with technical stakeholders and customers, while having a business understanding of consumer needs.  We are looking for an engineer who also enjoys (and/or is willing to learn) product development and marketing practices.

Qualities:

  • 5+ years of work experience in a technical product owner role and/or development role
  • Technical background or understanding of modern software delivery, including cloud platforms, micro-services, and XP practices such as CI/CD and TDD.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of emerging trends in software engineering  
  • Understanding of Agile product development, with a focus on just-in-time, iterative delivery of small, valuable features.
  • Interpersonal communication skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with both business and technical stakeholders.
  • Ability to work with client's customers to build relationships, gather business needs and market the new technology.
  • Team motivator and team player.
  • Comfortable with framework and API design
  • Exposure to architectural patterns at scale; including thoughtfully-designed APIs, repeatable delivery pipelines, and efficient CS principles
  • Exposure in utilization of and contribution to open source projects
  • Belief that empowered individuals make great teammates
  • Bachelor’s degree

Responsibilities: 

  • Work with stakeholders (directors, architects) and API consumers (internal and external) to identify and define a vision and roadmap, and success criteria for the product.
  • Define that vision into understandable features/MVPs/releases - iterative development, and manage prioritization.
  • Curate the feature and user story backlog in Rally.
  • Clear, concise, business-language interpretation of technical requirements into Rally features and user stories (the five Ws), detailed review with the team.
  • Work with architects, leads & team to iterate on designs that meet the customer's needs.
  • Test the product prototypes and bring feedback back to the product backlog/teams.
  • Prepare for and facilitate User Story workshops to ensure team has user stories ready “just-in-time” for the next Sprint.
  • Host the Sprint demo and Iteration demo; record stakeholder feedback during the demos and follow up with any necessary action items.
  • Acceptance of user stories during the Sprint.
  • Work with the development team to create and market the development principles ("cookbook") for the creation of new APIs with the client.
  • Create materials and presentations to help market the API platform within the enterprise client and their potential partners/consumers (internal/external).
  • Facilitate presentations to stakeholders and potential partners/consumers.
  • Takes necessary steps (prioritization, mentoring, assistance) to enable the team to be a high value, cross-functional, autonomous unit.



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