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(2019 - 1 of 10) Opening Keynote: The Product Triangle

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September 27, 2019

(2019 - 1 of 10) Opening Keynote: The Product Triangle

Calibrate 2019 (1 of 10) -

“Opening Keynote: The Product Triangle“ - Michael Lopp, Slack, VP of Engineering

Using a Venn diagram to help define and gain a shared understanding of each cross-functional team lead’s roles, this talk explains the relationship between engineering, product, design and technical product management at different types of tech companies. The overlap areas in the Venn diagram are “dark work”, the glue that keeps the teams working well together, which are areas for managers to keep track of and be accountable for.

About Michael:

Michael is a Silicon Valley-based engineering leader who builds both people and product at companies such as Borland, Netscape, Palantir, and Apple. While he’s not worrying about staying relevant, he writes about pens, bridges, people, poker, and werewolves at the popular weblog, ‘Rands in Repose’. He currently works as the VP of Engineering at Slack in San Francisco.

About Calibrate:

Calibrate was a conference for new engineering leaders hosted by seasoned engineering leaders. Organized and hosted by Sharethrough, it was conducted yearly in September, from 2015-2019 in San Francisco, California.



September 27, 2019


  1. 1280 x 720 The End Calibrate 2019 78 quotes &

    text 38 URLs & citations 24 credits Futura ==
  2. The End lopp / calibrate /

  3. This is not a talk called The End lopp /

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  4. The Product Triangle lopp / calibrate /

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  6. TPM PM Eng

  7. Product Infrastructure

  8. Accountability

  9. “Required or expected to 
 justify actions and decisions.”

  10. TPM PM Eng

  11. TPM PM Eng ENGINEERING - THE HOW Build and grow

    the team Align to the product strategy Right engineer, right job Set clear goals for the team Build a strong healthy team though actionable feedback
  12. TPM PM Eng PM - THE WHAT, THE WHY Manage

    product strategy, vision, and GTM approach Articulate the business value Voice of the customer Set clear goals for the team
  13. TPM PM Eng TPM - THE ‘WHEN’ Map interrelated set

    of dependencies and projects Create a logical progression of work Identify and bridge gaps between groups & teams Partner with cross-functional teams w/ minimal escalation Help define goals, metrics, priorities, and roadmap
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  15. TPM Design Eng

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  18. Eng

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  20. TPM PM Eng

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  22. TPM PM Eng 1

  23. TPM 2 PM Eng

  24. TPM PM Eng 3

  25. TPM PM Eng

  26. 1 2 3 SOLO: For you, write down your key

    responsibilities and those of your peers. ASK A PEER: Do the same exercise by themselves. Compare notes. SIGN A CONTRACT: Define a protocol for the grey areas.
  27. Accountability

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  30. Be unfailingly kind.

  31. Thank you lopp / calibrate /

  32. Q&A == The Best lopp / calibrate /