1. Find your closest ally in the engineering team: Build a special relationship with the VP of Engineering, or someone in a similar role, and make sure the lines of communication between you two are always open.
Underlining the great points Chris makes, here’s some how to’s
1. eat lunch with engineers and find out what they like to eat/drink and drop by their desk bearing gifts
2. to gain respect from engineers – learn their language, code preferences, pains and provide solutions, data, information that they need at the right time. Don’t be a doosh.
3. be humble, have a tough skin, stand up to take responsibility for blame, frustration, feature fails directed at product team – protect them from harsh reality so they can stay focused and productive
4. provide visual representation of the goal – paper prototypes, anything that can be used as a dart board works…
5. take care of yourself so you can be a source of constant, continuous, and on-demand positivity
6. be a data geek – know how to access, query, present, identify and make sense of key data points at all times (will also enable growth hacking & your career growth)
7. Customers – this is number one. Add to it non-customers, competitors customers, and ex-customers – understand and love them also because they will tell you the truth about what’s wrong with your product, where customers will justify what’s right with it.
8. Answer to a higher power – keep your KPIs, product vision/mission and professional manifesto at eye level so you can say NO, be called a doosh, and deal with conflicts with sales and other stakeholders that want the product & YOU to serve their purpose, rather than your roadmap goal.
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