The team at Raidboxes lives WordPress 100 per cent. We want our Dashboard to remain number 1 in the future - and to achieve this, we are strengthening product development and project management. Learn more about Jacob's work in our interview.
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Jacob, what exactly are your tasks as a product owner?
First of all, my task will be to get an overview of all projects and open issues at Raidboxes\. In order to then prioritise them together with the various stakeholders - i.e. those responsible for the projects.
Tasks as Product Owner
The aim behind this is to reduce the number of topics dealt with at the same time in order to provide more focus when planning new features and projects. This also includes the introduction of the Scrum project management method at Raidboxes.
In the future, I will act as an interface between technology and the other departments - such as sales, marketing or support. This way, an orderly communication of requirements can be implemented.
What advantages do you hope to gain from Scrum?
The introduction of Scrum means, among other things, better project planning, a coordinated roadmap and ultimately an optimization of the cooperation between technology and the stakeholders. These points in turn enable transparent internal communication about the status and progress of the various development projects.
In your interface function: Do you already have ideas for a better interlocking?
Actually, the interlocking between technology and other departments will even be reduced by me to enable a more focused work of the technology. In future, all requests will go through me - and only then will they be passed on to the technology department for implementation according to their priority and effort.
This avoids the developers receiving far too many requirements from various departments and thus losing the overview.
Interface between the departments
You have also implemented your own WordPress projects. How did you come up with the ideas?
After a few years as an employee and a 6-month world trip, I tried my hand at self-employment and thus implemented a small search engine for travel destinations with WordPress. Fittingly, the idea came to me while planning the world trip.
Another project was the development of a game similar to a so-called mystery dinner. Only with a focus on socially relevant topics. The goal behind it was to spread as much joy as possible. Hence the name "The Happy Dinner".
How exactly does this knowledge help you in your current task?
Raidboxes is the hostof my first website, which of course now gives me an advantage in my upcoming challenges. In addition, I have gained some insights into the world of WordPress during the development, which are also useful to me.
You worked for big companies before. Why now Raidboxes?
I wanted to work in a company that both shares my values in terms of sustainability. And which at the same time offers me the opportunity to take responsibility. In which I can achieve the greatest possible impact. Through direct contact as a customer, among other things, it was clear to me that Raidboxes offers precisely these opportunities.
What is your first impression of the team, i.e. behind the scenes?
Everyone in the team is super friendly and helpful with all questions that come up, especially when starting out in a company. Therefore: My impression is positive throughout.
Working in the home office
You work partly remotely from Düsseldorf. How are you still close to the team and the sprints?
I will always be on site in Münster for the meetings that are essential in the Scrum environment. In addition, there are short 15-minute status meetings every day to keep up to date with current events.
Generally, many employees work from time to time in a home office, so this type of cooperation is nothing unusual at Raidboxes. And it should therefore not require any major adjustment.
What do you do when you're not working for Raidboxes?
Probably planning the next trip or surfing trip. Otherwise, I do a lot of sports or just spend time with my wife and friends.