How I Moved From Engineering Into Product Management

Mind the Product

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.

Why Engineers Should Participate in Discovery

Product Talk

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.”

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Why you Should Invest in Relationships With Your Engineering Team

Mind the Product

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.

The Phenomenal Product Manager: Influencing Engineers – Part 3

280 Group

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.

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.

Conversation With Engineers

The Product Coalition

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

Making Better Use of Engineering Teams

bpma ProductHub

He made six primary points on making better use of engineering teams. Provide Engineers with Full… Product StrategyBy Mark Littlewood – Business of Software hosted Marty Cagan, founder of Silicon Valley Product Group earlier this year in London for a talk based around the new edition of his book, Inspired: How to Make Tech Products Customers Love.

Product Growth Engine by Dave Martin

Mind the Product

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.

The Phenomenal Product Manager: Influencing Engineers – Part 2

280 Group

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.

The Phenomenal Product Manager: Influencing Engineers – Part 1

280 Group

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.

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.

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. My answer was instant: I wanted to onboard as an engineer.

The Product Market Fit Engine by Rahul Vohra

Mind the Product

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.

Engineering led? What to watch for

The Product Bistro

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.

How to prepare for engineering interview assignments

Inside Intercom

Interview assignments have become a common component of the hiring process for engineering roles. If you’re interviewing for a job at Intercom, we aim to develop a holistic understanding of the way you think about building product and approach engineering problems. Engineering

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.

How engineers can make an impact outside the code editor

Inside Intercom

Product engineers are experts at identifying, understanding and solving problems. Here are the five areas that we encourage product engineers to contribute to as they seek to maximize their impact. It’s important that engineers are given the support to feel comfortable doing this.

Let’s stop calling it software engineering

Under10 Playbook

Let’s stop calling it software engineering or software development. Much of the language of software creation is based on the manufacturing metaphor. We “plan” software. We “engineer” software. We “assemble” software.

Why Safety Culture Is a Heart of the Software Engineering Model?

The Product Coalition

devops agile software-engineering project-management software-developmentSafety culture is a culture where employees can tell the boss bad news. — Dr.  — Dr. Sidney Dekker Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ».

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

Mind the Product

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. Those values also express themselves on the product and engineering teams.

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.

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.

The key to having impact as an engineer? Empathy

Inside Intercom

As product engineers, we like to build things, we like to solve problems, and we also want to have impact, right? From an engineer’s point of view, my work was done, right? Empathy engineering. How do we have maximum impact as engineers?

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.

Getting Design Agencies and Engineering Teams to Work Together

Mind the Product

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, Honeycomb.io

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.

Invisible Engines

Product Bookshelf

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.

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

bpma ProductHub

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.

Making the transition from consultant to product engineer

Inside Intercom

Those unfamiliar with what product engineers do could be forgiven for assuming that it’s all broadly the same job. But making the transition from consultant engineer to a product engineer was a revelation – I realized that working as an engineer in client services and working as a product engineer are essentially two completely different jobs, bridged only by the common use of technology. Being a Consultant Engineer.

Three Night-Before Tips For Crushing Your Software Engineer Interview

PMLesson's Ace the PM Interview

An interview for a software engineer position at a leading tech company has the potential to be a life-changing and career-defining event. Here are three night-before tips for crushing your software engineer interview. and “what makes you right for a software engineer role?”

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.

How to Engineer Culture

Amplitude

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. Company culture is incredibly hard, yet also incredibly important.

How To Write A Great Software Engineering Resume: The Ultimate Checklist

PMLesson's Ace the PM Interview

Building your first software engineering resume might seem overwhelming, but don’t worry. Here's an example software engineering resume from our co-founder Jacob: Read on to learn how you can do the same. Software Engineer Guides

Early Access: Exponent's Software Engineering Course

PMLesson's Ace the PM Interview

We're excited to give you a sneak preview of Exponent's new software engineering interview prep course! If you sign up now, you'll get a discount on the full course when it launches next month, and we'll also send you our new Software Engineering Interview Study Guide for free!

Embracing the deadline: How engineers benefit from delivery dates

Inside Intercom

Are there any new engineering processes that might slow things down? The post Embracing the deadline: How engineers benefit from delivery dates appeared first on Inside Intercom. Engineering deadlines project management

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.

Let’s stop calling it software engineering

Under10 Playbook

Let’s stop calling it software engineering or software development. Much of the language of software creation is based on the manufacturing metaphor. We “plan” software. We “engineer” software. We “assemble” software.