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Director of Product Delivery

Company: PriceSpider
Location: Irvine
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

The  Director of Product Delivery will  lead and own  P riceSpider’s  Product Delivery Life Cycle from  i deation to  c oncept  v alidation,  Minimum Viable Product (MVP) identification, p ro duct visioning & ro admapping,  p roject  a pprova l  & prioritization,  budgeting  &  resource allocation, execution  &  delivery ,  and  post-launch  support for our high-priority company initiatives.   He/she will be  a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and an  effective advocate for promoting the use  of  and adherence to  PriceSpider’s  Product Delivery  Methodology/Framework standards, policies, procedures, and best practices across the organization. He/she will  report to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO),  and  will  deliver &  exceed expectations  on  the following areas:

Product Visioning ,  Hypothes e s Validation and  Roadmapping

Establish a  v alue -and-data -driven Project  I ntake and  A pproval process  to ensure that the company is investing  on  the right project initiatives that will generate the most value for our customers  and stakeholders .

Lead the team in v alidat ing product h ypothes e s  by focus ing  on testing  high  reward  /high risk hypothes e s ,  supporting Teams to  fail fast and fail forward, and pursu ing  high ROI project initiatives.

Lead  Product Visioning and Roadmapping  that spans multi-year Product Value-Drop and Delivery Plan, and ensure that they are communicated across the organization and bought in to by  our  stakeholders.

Promote  transparent & o smotic  c ommunication – leverage technology  and information radiators to help democratize access to Product  Delivery  information .

Product Execution and Delivery

Establish  PriceSpider’s  Agile Delivery  Framework that leverages  Lean-Agile  concepts, values, principles and best practices to maximize effectiveness and efficiency.

Ensure that  T eams  continually support our PriceSpider’s  Agile  Product  Delivery Framework , proactively contribute to its ongoing refinement, and  infuse  customer  feedback onto the  Delivery Framework  in pursuit of relentless improvement .

Ensure that projects are executed and delivered on time, within budget ,  with the highest quality and fitness to its intended purpose.

Establish strong relationship with Product Owners to execute on Product Vision & Strategy, and with Technical Lead to pursue technical excellence and tackle technical debt.

Lead  Backlog Refinemen t,  promote  transparency and  provide  visibility  to enable  the team to “look-ahead” of what’s upcoming in future  Product  Iteration .

Facilitate  Iteration  Planning, ensure that Stories  with the highest value  are prioritized according to business  rewards  and risk  mitigation strategies ,  and that they are  sufficiently defined  with  clear  Acceptance Criteria and Definition of Done .

Build consensus on  Iteration Backlog that Team can commit to delivering, f acilitate discussion on Epic and Story  and Tasks  decomposition ,  and agree on a n Execution  Plan.

Facilitate Daily Standups, ensure  that Team  shares  their  progress and  collaborates to remove  blockers and  resolve  other Post- Standups  action items in a timely manner.

Remove impediments, or help the team remove any blockers, escalate organizational blockers,  and  drive resolution.

Shield the team from external interference.  Partner  with Product Owners ,  Business Owners  and Senior Leadership  to minimize unplanned tasks and facilitate prioritization discussion, as appropriate.

Facilitate an effective Sprint Review  that  empower s  and reward s  the team to demonstrate completed user stories and working product increments, solicit feedback from stakeholders ,  and incorporate  learnings  to the product’s next iteration.

Lead a collaborative and constructive Sprint Retrospective,  create an open environment where Team will feel safe to share their thoughts  and affirm  that the team’s voice is heard and valued .

Enterprise Agility  Excellence

Serve as Subject Matter Expert (SME)  on  our  Product Delivery Framework, and be advocate in promoting  pragmatic approaches to  achieve  Enterprise Agility .

Train and coach Senior Leadership, Business Owner Partners and the Team s  on Lean- Agile principles,?values, best practices on Scrum, Kanban,  Scrum-ban,  FDD, TDD, Pair Programming, XP, etc.

Facilitate Scrum of Scrums  to promote clear communication, transparency and accountability on the T eam’s  progress , areas of integration and overlap, and remov al  organizational blockers.

Establish a  nimble and  sustainable  Product D elivery cadence to maximize team’s  value stream  delivery  while responding to changing business needs .

Talent Management  and  Servant Leadership

Manage and lead  a  high-performing and  empowered team of  Project Managers and Product Owners .  Hire the right talent, develop and coach to enable them to be the best version of thems e lves in the workplace.

Establish  and develop Teams who  are loosely coupled but tightly aligned . Ensure that  Teams  are happy with their  work, appreciated and rewarded for their contribution, and motivated to  achiev e  shared company  goals.

Be a Servant Leader –  share your vision to the Team,  enable  them  to perform their best job , and provide all the  resources they need to successfully execute and deliver projects.

Empower teams to  make localized decisions  while encouraging them to  be  accountable and  be  cognizant  on  how these decisions impact others .

Partner with Senior Leadership to foster  Psychological  S afety  in the workplace where teams are encouraged to commit reasonable mistakes as they validate Product hypotheses,  Fail Fast and Fail Forward , amplify and share learnings across the organization.

Promote Innovation  by allowing Teams to address Technical Debt, solve recurring customer issues, find better and faster ways of doing things, etc.

Product Delivery Success KPIs and Metrics

Develop and track  success m etrics  and Key Performance Indicator (KPI) at the Enterprise, Program and Team Level that are clear  and actionable , including but not limited to Business Value Delivery  Attainment , Iteration Goal Attainment, Velocity Predictability, Quality  M etrics, Lead Time, Cycle Time, Takt Time, WIP Limit, Throughput etc.

Partner with the team to amplify and sustain acceptable  metrics  values, exercise sound judgement  as to  when to take appropriate action on  negative trends , and  escalate to Senior Leadership as needed.

Provide a data-driven Product Delivery Dashboard that will be shared across the organization to help facilitate informed decision-making.

Required Skills:

Proven track record of successful ly delivering products that are valuable to customers  in a complex, highly-matrixed Agile environment.

7- 10 years progressive  experience as a Project Manager leading high-performing teams developing mission-critical and consumer-facing systems using a variety of methodologies – Waterfall, Agile, Hybrid.

5+  years experience  as a Scrum Master or as a Project Manager for Lean-Agile?delivery team.

3  years experience  managing high performing team which may include Scrum Masters, Products Owners, Developers/QA, etc.

Working knowledge  and/or administration experience  of Jira, Confluence,  Trello,  and other  Agile and  Continuous Integration tools desired.

Education and Cert ification s:

Bachelors  degree in Computer Science,  Engineering,  Information Systems, Business or equivalent is required.

Industry  Agile Certification , or have the willingness to pursue certification s  is highly desired, including but  no  limited to,  Certified Scrum Master (CSM) required, PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Scaled Agile Framework ( SAFe ) Agilist, Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) , etc.

Keywords: PriceSpider, Irvine , Director of Product Delivery, Other , Irvine, California

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