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Staff Product Manager

Mechanical Orchard

Mechanical Orchard

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Mechanical Orchard is a fast-growing startup that takes a fresh view on old problems. We replace legacy computing systems for the Global 2000, with a focus on mitigating risk and creating a genuinely solid foundation for innovating and adapting.
Our background in software development and the impact on the industry is well known, and we've literally helped write the book on XP and other impactful agile practices. We’re applying the same thoughtfulness and rigor in weaving AI into everything we do. We believe in the durable principles behind agile, and embrace the power of cross-functional teams, collective ownership, test driven development, short feedback loops, and continuous improvement.
We are Generous, Ethical, Effective, and Kind.
Product Managers at Mechanical Orchard modernize crucial applications that power the world’s largest companies. They balance long term strategy with tactical delivery. They identify and mitigate risk through effective stakeholder communication, cross-discipline collaboration, and providing clarity and focus for teams. They apply a lean and iterative mindset to the complex and highly technical problems of long-term software modernization.

Product Managers at Mechanical Orchard are responsible for

  • Owning and running the backlog of work for their teams
  • Providing clarity and focus on complex technical projects
  • Driving incremental progress in terms of learning, mitigated risk, and delivery of modernized applications to production
  • Creatively unblocking the project team from technical and organizational impediments
  • Understanding and balancing tradeoffs between customer needs, user needs, technical limitations, and security constraints while maintaining sustainable pace
  • Using lean principles to de-risk work
  • Driving decision making within the team and with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proactively communicating, internally and externally, with leadership and client stakeholders to ensure transparency and clarity in project progress, risk, and milestones
  • Maintaining tight feedback loops within the project team, with internal stakeholders, and with customer stakeholders
  • Maintaining focus and forward momentum for the project team
  • Establishing and maintaining excellent customer relationships, with alignment on priorities and progress
  • Contributing to the continuous improvement of our software delivery practice across the entire product lifecycle by applying and advocating for modern agile and product management practices

Typical activities include

  • Creating and maintaining a vision, strategy, and roadmap for legacy software modernization projects
  • Facilitating decision-making meetings with cross-discipline teams and leaders at all organizational levels
  • Communicating with internal and external stakeholders about project progress, risk, and milestones
  • Maintaining a backlog of highly technical modernization work, including acceptance testing
  • Developing novel processes and tools for testing that modernized software is equivalent to its legacy counterpart and meets all performance requirements
  • Developing novel processes and tools for visualizing and communicating progress of legacy software modernization
  • Attending and facilitating agile team ceremonies such as daily standup, weekly planning, and weekly retrospectives
People in this role will have a high degree of autonomy and responsibility, with frequent client-facing communication and interaction with all levels of leadership.
Mechanical Orchard is a remote-first company, with employees working across time zones and countries. This role does not have a requirement for in-office attendance, however, there will likely be occasional travel to Mechanical Orchard company meetings (1-2 times per year) and to client sites for in-person collaboration (1-2 times per year).
Mechanical Orchard, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind. Mechanical Orchard, Inc. is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Mechanical Orchard, Inc. are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Mechanical Orchard, Inc. will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Mechanical Orchard, Inc. encourages applicants of all ages. Mechanical Orchard, Inc. will provide reasonable accommodation to employees who have protected disabilities consistent with local law.
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