Agile Product Owner

Pleasanton, CA
Job Terms:
W2 Hourly DOE
Start date:
Posted By:
Alex McGhee

Job Description:

Agile Product Owner-Intermediate 

• Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred 
• Minimum of 3 years digital product owner or development experience 
• Experience in working with Agile/Scrum work environment as a Product Owner: writing user stories, and following the development process through user story acceptance 
• Proficiency with Visio, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint 
• Experience with defect tracking management systems (e.g. Quality Center, Bugzilla, etc.) 
• Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills 
• Strong attention to detail and track record of producing quality work 
• Ability to work with many individuals and various teams at the same time 
• Team player, with great work ethics and quick learner 
• Experience working in a range of business areas (e.g., information technology, marketing, etc.) 
• Detail oriented and obsessively organized 
• Diplomatic with strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills 
• Comfortable driving teams and management to decisions; willing to push-back for information and answers 
• Self-motivated, not requiring significant managerial direction 
• Adept at adjusting to changing circumstances quickly and professionally 
• Able to make quick decisions when clarification or modification is needed 

Job Description: 
We are seeking a motivated, energetic and experienced Agile Product Owner (APO) to work on a highly collaborative, cross-functional team. The Agile Product Owner (APO) will help evolve our products through successive and iterative stages of discovery, definition, development, launch, and post-release support. The APO is responsible for driving the development of high value capabilities for specific products. The successful candidate will, through the Agile methodology, closely collaborate with product management, business analysts, developers, designers, and other stakeholders such as business, legal/compliance, security, and operations to ensure that the detailed designs and requirements meet the needs of our clients’s consumers and internal stakeholders. 

Key Responsibilities 
• Own, prioritize, and maintain the Product Backlog, including definition of epics, user stories, acceptance criteria 
• Serve as “voice of the customer” with delivery teams, representing/reinforcing the customer‘s perspective throughout the product realization cycle 
• Collaborate with a cross-functional team of designers, business analysts, developers, testers and others to develop and execute against Product Roadmaps and Release Plans 
• Continuously and transparently communicate with internal stakeholders the prioritization of the Product Backlog and the status of development efforts via Product Demos, Release Plans and other means 
• Define, prioritize, and drive realization of specific product vision 
• Act as the subject-matter expert for assigned products 
• Work with Scrum Masters to help direct, motivate, and guide the delivery teams 
• Break down epic-level user stories into detail-level stories consumable and testable by a scrum team 
• Collaborate with User Experience partners in usability testing and the development of the user design 
• Provide direction and support to development and quality assurance teams 
• Promote and drive Agile development methodology throughout the work and teams 
• Manage, prioritize, and assess the impact of defects, including providing key input on the decisions to fix or defer 
• Reviews, accepts, and prioritizes feedback and new requirements from project stakeholders 
• Ensure that Scrum team deliverables meet agreed-upon standards for quality and non-functional requirements, and that the products meet the stated business need 
• Reviews output of development to ensure specified acceptance criteria has been completed 
• Work with Business Analysts and other team members to ensure the product functionality is appropriately documented 
• Provide input to Product Managers for necessary changes or product backlog items coming out of scrum development that need to be considered on a future roadmap 
• Assist customer support teams, and develop and implement trainings and communications that allow partners and internal clients to better understand the products and changes that were made. 

Preferred Qualifications 
• Healthcare industry experience 
• Experience in Health-IT 
• Experience using Rally 
• Experience working with User Experience teams

Client Description:

Taking a position with our client gets you in with a leader in its field.

Our client is a five-star medical provider who, as an innovator, was the first in their industry to offer electronic health records. They’re constantly on the forefront of innovation in the healthcare field, both for their technical advances as well as for their community involvement. Volunteerism and community service are critical components of their approach to improving the general health in all of their neighborhoods.

Our client practices what they preach, and has a strong commitment to work-life balance and a healthy lifestyle. On many of their campuses you can find fitness centers, walking paths, as well as volleyball and basketball courts. Stay healthy while developing your career path!

Aquent places talented writers, digital designers and user experience candidates, as well as editorial candidates with this market leader every day in one of a number of locations throughout California We’ve had the benefit of twenty years of experience placing talent at this company and there is an extensive network of talent here, not only actively working for Aquent, but also now senior members of the organization who have been converted to permanent employees over the years.