Senior Product Owner
Vamsi, you have been one of my favorite team leaders in the Consumer Group, and I really appreciate how you empower your team by giving them ownership of the projects, thus creating excellent products such as Home-Buying-Plan. You not only care for your team but also have been the lone wolf in all the Product Backlog review meetings, representing both Product and Business. You have the magical ability to communicate client feedback on the product to multiple Engineering and Product groups quickly to get things resolved.
You have been instrumental in creating amazing synergy between Product Owners, Designers, and Developers. I remember when I joined the project; you organized Design Hours so that your team could dedicate time to answer questions from the POs and Developers. Later, once the project started scaling into multiple teams and the scope expanded, you took the initiative and worked with POs to create smaller communication channels to provide constant support to the Engineering team.
You thoroughly embody the “Responding with a Sense of Urgency” value. You are also constantly seeking ways to improve the process by understanding the pain points of your stakeholders (Developers, POs) and suggesting new ways to address the issues with experiments that have greatly improved the overall productivity of the group (Bug Tracking Process, Handoff Documentation, Celebrating Team's Work, etc.). You are always looking for feedback from POs and Developers to improve the relationship and have been receptive to feedback. Hands down, I can say the process has improved a lot, and good relationships have been built between Product, Tech, and Design. For instance, you made sure the Engineers and I had everything we needed from the Design team for the multiple features by scheduling some 1:1 sessions with me and kept the ball rolling.
In addition to all of this, I always look out for your witty and funny GIFs and texts shared in the big meetings to create a comfortable and fun environment.