To product managers, developers look a bit…. black wizards. To developers, product manager are big players of bullshit bingo. But still, how can they work together properly? How does a product manager earn the respect of the development team?
When you have a new product management job, what are your tasks in your first couple of weeks? Study the product, architecture, speak to developer, sales and support, have a look at the roadmap…
The guys at HipChat add a task that they consider even more important: Speak to users. They say: ”
Your job as a PM is to find the right problems – then work with your team to solve them.” So to understand the problems, speaking to users is a better way than studying the product’s architecture.
I ran across this checklist of requirements that it takes to create a strong product team. It’s more than the usual five-item list, and it’s worth a read. I personally do not agree with every item, especially not with the timeframes, but in general the checklist is pretty inspiring. It contains four fields:
- Team Staffing
- Team Context
- Dual-Track – Discovery
- Dual-Track – Delivery