Better Together: Product and Engineering

Better Together: Product and Engineering

CEO of the Product. Product “owner”. “The Business”. With terms like these, it is no wonder that the relationship between Product Managers and Engineers can be contentious at times. Better products get built when teams are collaborating and
working together across disciplines. Product managers and engineers provide needed balance to each other. But too often the balance gets shifted and an “us vs them” mentality emerges. The lack of trust erodes collaboration and keeps teams from
operating at a high-performance level. This talk aims to address some common misconceptions about product managers, and discuss how product managers and engineers can work better together to reach a common goal – building products people love.

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Emily Tate

April 25, 2019
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  1. 16.

    “Product management is decision making as a service” - Janice

    Fraser, SVP at Bionic Solutions @thedailyem
  2. 19.

    A story is unclear A story is clear but taking

    a long time A story is clear but an edge case can be handled multiple ways @thedailyem
  3. 20.

    A story is unclear A story is clear but taking

    a long time A story is clear but an edge case can be handled multiple ways An edge case can be handled multiple ways and the story asks for the most difficult one @thedailyem
  4. 23.

    You built something, it breaks something else You built something

    but it “feels weird” You built something and it works perfectly @thedailyem
  5. 24.

    You built something, it breaks something else You built something

    but it “feels weird” You built something and it works perfectly You want some cupcakes @thedailyem
  6. 30.

    It is far more important to sit next to your

    dev team than your marketing team @thedailyem
  7. 32.

    Demo should never be the first time a PM sees

    a completed story @thedailyem
  8. 36.

    Maintenance Feature Work Business Sees: Waste of Time and Money

    Stuff I Can Actually Sell Technology Sees: @thedailyem
  9. 42.

    I want to know how things work so I can

    plan better in the future @thedailyem
  10. 45.

    “It’s going to take way too long to teach my

    PM about our tech.” - You, probably @thedailyem
  11. 47.

    “I don’t want my PM telling me how to do

    my job.” - You, probably @thedailyem
  12. 53.
  13. 61.

    What is Actually Happening: Week 1: ✅ Week 2: ✅

    Week 3: ✅ Week 4: ✅ Week 5: ✅ Week 6: ✅ Week 1: ✅ Week 2: ⚠ Week 3: ⁉ Week 4: Week 5: Week 6: My Scorecard Shows: @thedailyem
  14. 62.