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Emerging Talent & Careers: Program Management

Do you want to power the future of travel? Then come and make a positive impact, strengthen connections, and bridge divides across the world, at Expedia Group. You can help us bring people together through travel technology, while jump-starting your career in Program Management.

Program Managers coordinate technical projects across many teams at Expedia Group. They handle programs of work requiring great organization, and develop the ability to communicate with technical and non-technical minded people to ensure that teams are on track to achieve their goals.  

But what does this all mean? Our latest cohort of Interns and Graduates met with us to explain what their experience as Program Manager at Expedia Group has been like.

Riya Mathews, Program Manager Graduate in Seattle

Tell us about your team

I am a part of the Marketplace Design team working as their Technical Program Manager (TPM). This team works in the backend to generate Guest Experience Scores for our partners!

Tell us about your role

As a TPM, my role consists of being a bridge between product and the engineering team, to ensure that all blockers are addressed, the backlog is managed and on track, and to make sure the team is delivering on time. I work closely with cross teams like analytics and machine learning since we are all dependent on each other to deliver smoothly. During my time on the team, I have learned a lot of technical skillsets that has helped advance my knowledge on the tool and cultivated my skills as a TPM.

What skillsets do you think are required to be successful in your role?  

Having a good understanding on planning, monitoring, and guiding teams will help anyone interested in program management. It is important to know how to utilize your time and communicate with customers, stakeholders, and non-technical audiences. The most important skill anyone in this role should have is the desire to learn more and build a connection with your team!

What technologies/tools do you work with?  

JIRA, Confluence, MIRO, Trello, SharePoint, Microsoft Products 

What’s your favorite thing about working at Expedia Group? 

My favorite part about working for Expedia Group has been the relationships I have built with my fellow Graduates on the program and co-workers. My team has taught me valuable skills in program management that I can use in the future.

Olivia Martin, Program Manager Intern in London

Tell us about your Team 

I work within Data and Ai, specifically the Reinforcement Learning team. This team Owns AdaptEx which uses multi-armed bandits to create adaptive experiences for customers.  

Tell us about your role

As a Program Manager, my role to make sure everything is going smoothly across the team. I lead team ceremonies, manage the backlog and workflow though Jira Kanban boards and help remove any blockages that my team comes across. I also liaise with the other team leads: A Product Manager, Machine Learning Engineer Manager and Data Science Director. 

What skillsets do you think are required to be successful in your role? 

I think its important to be an organized person, who is good at time keeping. A PM can have many different tasks assigned to them so it’s important to have a method to keep track of all of those and be able to priorities them. 

What technologies and tools do you work with? 

  • For Team organization: Jira (Kanban board/roadmaps) and confluence (wiki pages) 
  • Personal organization: Trello 
  • For Brainstorming and retrospectives with the team: Miro 
  • Agile methodologies: My team is mainly Kanban but uses Scrum aspects too. 

What is your favorite thing about working at Expedia Group? 

The people at Expedia are all so lovely.  It is easy to reach out to anyone to solve team problems or even just catching 30 minutes so you can learn from their experience.  

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