Skills to Make Working With Engineers Easier

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I believe that product managers should take the time to discuss new product hypotheses and planned features with the engineers they work with. The post Skills to Make Working With Engineers Easier appeared first on Mind the Product. General Guest Post Product Management Skills hard skills product management programming skills software engineering

Why you Should Invest in Relationships With Your Engineering Team

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A healthy relationship between product management and engineering is critical to building successful products. In a perfect product development world, communications are seamless, specifications are clear, and product and engineering teams work together without friction. Here are some of the ways I’ve found for product managers to ensure they have a great relationship with the engineering team. Include Engineers in Product Decisions.

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Why Engineers Should Participate in Discovery

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Are you inviting your engineers to participate in discovery with you? Does your organization prefer that your engineers only write code? Marty Cagan , in Inspired , argues, “If you’re just using your engineers to code, you’re only getting about half their value.” But too often we equate the value of an engineer with the code that she writes. And, sadly, many engineers make this mistake themselves. Engineers Often Generate the Best Solutions.

Four steps to building engaged engineering teams

Inside Intercom

During my experience as an Engineering Manager, I’ve learned a lot of lessons about how to build engaged teams (as well as how not to build them!). The post Four steps to building engaged engineering teams appeared first on Inside Intercom. Engineering culture engineering management

The Product Growth Engine

Speaker: Dave Martin, Founder, Right to Left

How do you create sustainable growth? Do your product and feature releases achieve the desired results? In this talk, Dave Martin, founder at Right To Left, will explore how human bias repeatedly hinders product success and causes teams to miss out on their potential.

How I Moved From Engineering Into Product Management

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What does it take for an engineer to become a product manager? If you’re considering changing from engineer to product manager , you’re not alone. I used to be a QA engineer. I thought it would be better, coming from engineering, to start as a product owner. Writing requirements for the team can be challenging when you come from engineering. The post How I Moved From Engineering Into Product Management appeared first on Mind the Product.

Feature Engineering?—?Hypothesis-driven vs. ML-driven

Piyanka Jain

Feature Engineering?—?Hypothesis-driven Hypothesis-driven vs. ML-driven I was talking to a CTO of a Fortune 100 bank this morning and we got talking about feature engineering in AI/ML models. With the advent of ML and AI, many believe that the statistical methods of feature engineering are redundant. pragmatic #datascience #bestpractices Feature Engineering?—?Hypothesis-driven

Feature Engineering?—?Hypothesis-driven vs. ML-driven

Piyanka Jain

Feature Engineering?—?Hypothesis-driven Hypothesis-driven vs. ML-driven I was talking to a CTO of a Fortune 100 bank this morning and we got talking about feature engineering in AI/ML models. With the advent of ML and AI, many believe that the statistical methods of feature engineering are redundant. pragmatic #datascience #bestpractices Feature Engineering?—?Hypothesis-driven

Better engineering through management – the surprising benefits of becoming a manager

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In the Engineering org, we’ve thought deeply about how to foster long-term growth opportunities for people. Engineering career path. Unlike a lot of companies, Intercom provides tailored training and 1:1 support for engineers who are interested in branching out into management.

Engineering led? What to watch for

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There are three principal types of companies: Sales led, marketing led, and engineering led. All three of them have distinct characteristics and traits, however, the engineering led organization (or ELO) has some distinct attributes that you can key off of. They do a lot of ETO (engineered to order) business. They do have a sales team, but the sales people are likely to be engineers, or former engineers themselves. Engineers love detailed documentation.

The Product Dev Conundrum: To Build or Buy in a Digital World?

Speaker: Mark Ridley, Owner and Founder, Ridley Industries

Any PM or technical leader who’s led the charge of building a digital product knows that product engineering is one of the most expensive elements of business. In most cases, actually building software should be the last avenue that companies explore to deliver great products, as software engineering, data science and product development are complex, uncertain and hard to manage.

The Phenomenal Product Manager: Influencing Engineers – Part 1

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Your ability to influence and work effectively with engineers is a huge part of whether or not you’ll be successful as a Product Manager, and also whether you’ll be satisfied with your job. Let’s discuss how to work more effectively with your engineering team and individual engineers. If you can’t get your engineers to build the product that you believe meets customer needs and moves forward on your vision, then your product will fail and so will you.

A Simple Guide to Chaos Engineering


Did you know that passenger jets can fly without all their engines? They’re designed with resilience in mind and can keep flying quite safely if an engine fails. As software engineers we also want to make resilient systems, avoiding single points of failure that could take down the entire system. Airplane engine redundancy is tested in a real live plane but in a safe, controlled way. The concept of chaos engineering originated at Netflix.

The Phenomenal Product Manager: Influencing Engineers – Part 3

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When working with your engineering team, you need to read the team you are dealing with and then adjust accordingly. Lawley describes three major types of personalities in engineers. This is an engineer who’s brilliant but insists on arguing about everything. This engineer wants to make sure that they get to the truth (though usually, he or she has already made up their mind about what the truth is).

Podcast: Bridging the Product/Engineering Gap

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Marcus is a long-time coach and champion of software engineering managers with an emphasis on processes / culture / leadership. How Rich helps marketers/sales develop a more useful frame for engineering (10:01). I was thrilled to join Marcus Blankenship for this episode of his podcast.

How Product Managers Can Learn to Love Reporting

Speaker: Eric Feinstein, Professional Services Manager, Looker

It seems like PMs and engineers have grown to hate embedded reporting. How to evaluate embedded analytic solutions as strategy to greatly reduce initial and on-going engineering effort. For a long time, Product Managers have found it challenging to design interfaces inside their products that users could use for reporting.

How Product Can Collaborate Successfully With Engineering


Read more » The post How Product Can Collaborate Successfully With Engineering appeared first on ProductCraft by Pendo. Best Practices Collaboration Communication engineering PM Role Product TeamsBuilding great products is hard work. The fact that it’s not easy is also what’s exciting about it! Being at the forefront of solving real-world problems with technology is one of the reasons why the product manager role is so attractive to a lot of people.

Learn Software Engineering Levels to Advance Your Career

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Software engineering levels are the road map that gets you to your career destination. Level 1 - Software Engineer The Role : This position, sometimes called a Junior Software Engineer, is usually someone’s first full-time software engineering job.

The Phenomenal Product Manager: Influencing Engineers – Part 2

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When was the last time you bought lunch for your whole engineering team? Or, have you ever taken some of your engineers out after work to get to know them better? Engineers don’t get the chance to go out on the road and attend events. If you talk about games, gadgets, and cool new technology, many of your engineers will start to take more interest in you outside of being just that Product Manager guy or gal.

Conversation With Engineers

The Product Coalition

Some advice for Product Managers (PM) struggling to have a conversation with their engineers. Continue reading on ». user-stories product agile product-management scrum

Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Early stage startups in particular may not need a four year business plan, but they need to start building out a model which will show how they can someday be profitable. At the very least, they need to be able to see the impact of a change in retention rates to their user growth.

When should engineering managers write code?

Inside Intercom

Many engineers who make the transition to a management role face a bit of a conundrum – if I stop doing hands-on work, my team will lose a strong engineer and instead will gain an inexperienced manager. But if we can agree that engineering managers should not entirely give up hands-on work, the real question to be asked is not if engineering managers should write code, but when should they write code, and when should they avoid it. Engineering engineering managers

The Product Market Fit Engine by Rahul Vohra

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The process for the product/market fit engine Rahul devised includes conducting a survey, segmenting the data, analyzing, implementing changes and then tracking. The post The Product Market Fit Engine by Rahul Vohra appeared first on Mind the Product. After working on a product for over two years without launching it, Rahul Vohra knew that he had to do something different.

Product Growth Engine by Dave Martin

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The product growth engine provides a framework for getting up the adoption curve. The post Product Growth Engine by Dave Martin appeared first on Mind the Product. In this MTP Engage Manchester talk, Dave Martin, Chief Product Officer at TES Global provides us with a way to get over the product adoption curve and build more successful products. His key points include: Product adoption life cycle. Product growth chasm. The path up the adoption curve.

Getting Design Agencies and Engineering Teams to Work Together

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Design agencies and engineering teams are filled with talented and experienced people. Both agencies and engineering team are often evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their individual output. In my experience, design agencies and engineering teams can successfully work together if they have the right structure, oversight and mindset in place. Session with Engineering (60m). Agile Best Practices: SVP of Engineering Jeff Nielsen on Iteration Planning.

How to Apply Best Practices from Site Reliability Engineering in Your Organization

Speaker: Liz Fong-Jones, Principal Developer Advocate,

Modern software organizations build increasingly complex distributed systems with many moving parts. As senior software leaders, we often struggle with noisy alerts, grumbling between Dev and DevOps, slow incident resolution and many other related pain points. It’s hard to figure out what to do with this increasingly difficult problem, yet it’s clearly our responsibility to deliver features and production quality. We are excited to be joined by Liz Fong-Jones, who has a deep understanding of what it takes to implement SRE-type practices in many different kinds of organizations. She brings together a picture and set of practices under the umbrella of Production Excellence that provides a clear and practical plan for senior software leaders.

Guesstimate Engineering work like how you remember people you meet in your lifetime.

The Product Coalition

technology engineering startup product-management innovationNon-Technical Product Managers fuzz over estimates on development, but you just need to build muscle memory to help nail down your… Continue reading on Product Coalition ».

Strong Engineering Culture, Strong Product Culture by Andrew Martinez-Fonts

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I’m a group product manager at Yelp, and in this presentation from MTP Engage, I look at why it’s so important to create a supportive culture where product people and engineers collaborate and trust each other. I manage a team of product managers and product designers, and while we have a high-performing workplace of product managers and engineers, we have a range of personalities, preferences, and communication styles which inevitably challenges how people work together.

The Complete Guide for Software Engineering Interview Questions

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There’s nothing to be nervous about once you’re confident in your skills and knowledgeable about the normal software engineering interview questions. This article will start by talking a little about the procedure of most software engineering interviews. The Process We can give you a general idea of what to expect with a software engineering interview at most companies, but keep in mind that there’s likely to be some variety between companies.

Invisible Engines

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Invisible Engines: How Software Platforms Drive Innovation and Transform Industries by David S. “Invisible engines” are software platforms, software which makes services available to other software through Application Programming Interfaces. Invisible Engines was one of the first books on platforms and contains analysis and models that are still relevant. It takes some close reading, but Invisible Engines holds many valuable patterns and insights.

To Build or Not to Build: Creating Great Products and Avoiding Overengineering

Speaker: Mark Ridley, Owner and Founder, Ridley Industries

To build, or not to build: that is the question. Join Mark Ridley, Owner and Founder of Ridley Industries, as he illustrates why, in most cases, actually building software should be the last avenue that companies explore to deliver great products. He'll explore why product development should be driven by a deep understanding of the customer's needs, their propensity to pay for a service and how much it will cost to deliver and share share strategies to avoid the problems caused by rebuilding features that are already delivered by existing services.

An Engineer’s Journey To Become A Data Scientist

Piyanka Jain

Unsplash Neha has an engineering and MBA background. An Engineer’s Journey To Become A Data Scientist was originally published in Towards Data Science on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. She was looking to rejoin the workforce after several years on a personal sabbatical. Her last role had involved business process analysis, planning, and market research. It wasn’t something she wanted to go back to.

How to Engineer Culture


One thing we’ve found valuable is scaling culture through engineering projects, and I’m going to share two examples. When engineers have empathy for salespeople , amazing things happen. As an example, this is a lunch group I was in with people from engineering, customer success, sales, recruiting, marketing, and professional services. It’s much easier to negatively comment that “an engineer broke the system” rather than “Jeffrey broke the system.”.

From Engineering To Product Management: The Two-Step Career Move

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The transition from engineering to product management is one of the most difficult. Of all roles that touch the product, engineers are the furthest removed from the market and the customers. It can be done successfully however, as many engineers have already proven. If you’re an engineer with product manager aspirations, make the move in two smaller steps instead of one big leap. If you’re an engineer, you’re a problem-solver by default.

A Guide to Collaborating With and Motivating Your Engineering Team

Mind the Product

Frustrated Engineer. Product management and engineering needs to have a constant push-pull for progress to be made. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when working with engineers that I’ve gleaned from my experience. Lose time by over-building (or worse, building the wrong solution) because, had the engineers understood the problem being solved, they might have had a better (or quicker) way to solve it. Nobody likes process, certainly not engineers.

Go to the Cloud: How Product Managers Can Lead a Cloud Transformation

Speaker: Stephanie Lewandowski, Senior Product Manager, Teachstone

Leading a digital transformation inevitably means considering the Cloud for your products. Cloud offers great flexibility, increased security, and more innovation opportunities. However, moving your product to the Cloud is not a simple lift-and-shift exercise. It involves re-envisioning your product and your platform to identify an effective technique. As the product manager, you need to know the best way to lead the team in this transformation while avoiding common pitfalls. In this discussion, we will focus on what you need to know to ensure a successful digital transformation to the cloud.

Ultimate Guide: Getting an Entry Level Software Engineering Roles

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Intro Software engineering can be an incredibly rewarding career. But without the right preparation, it can be difficult to get the software engineering job you have in mind. I learned this, as I was taking computer science courses in college to land a software engineering (SWE) role. This is the only guide you need to land an entry-level software engineering job. Applying to Companies Many big companies hire entry-level engineers. Why software engineering?

How to Evaluate Startup Offers for Software Engineer

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You’ve got multiple offers from startups engineering positions, but how do you choose which one to take? With so many factors to consider, this article aims to compile the most important factors into one easy-to-read resource for software engineers evaluating startup offers. is a great resource for helping software engineers learn what a fair salary is in the industry. Look for an environment that puts you in regular contact with senior engineers.

Adjacent Users: How to Turn Them Into Your Growth Engine?


The post Adjacent Users: How to Turn Them Into Your Growth Engine? This post in an implementation guide inspired by the Adjacent User Theory post by the wildly-successful Bangaly Kaba (EIR @ Reforge, Former VP Growth @ Instacart, Instagram).

Why your engineering processes need to solve real problems

Inside Intercom

I came to Intercom from a company with a culture of heavyweight engineering processes. From an engineering perspective, it successfully kept you focused on coding. When I started at Intercom, however, I was surprised at how lightweight the weekly engineering processes felt compared to my previous company. The post Why your engineering processes need to solve real problems appeared first on Inside Intercom.