Developer Product Management

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Julian Dunn
Julian Dunn
GitHub Senior Director of Product ManagementApril 3
It can vary from not-terribly-technical to quite technical. This depends on how complex your product is and how much the nuances of that complexity matter to the user's success with it. As an example, GitHub Actions has sophisticated features like matrix builds for parallelization, required and r......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 22
I'm a Group Manager of Product at GitLab https://about.gitlab.com/job-families/product/product-management-leadership/#group-manager-product-gmp. I am a manager for the Product Managers for the Plan stage at GitLab. Each product manager on my team has engineering, UX, and quality counterparts that......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 22
One common mistake I have seen is having a monetization model that does not scale. Services and customization on top of open-source software will only scale as much as your workforce can. Having paid features on top of open source software and a tie ring philosophy that can be easily explained is......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 22
I think that the whole team should strive to build a product that end users love. I love when there's passion on the team and ideas about what to build. When you are building a product for a persona that is close to you, it's important to gather data from end users to ensure that you have a compl......Read More
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Julian Dunn
Julian Dunn
GitHub Senior Director of Product ManagementApril 3
Lots of changes are happening, chiefly motivated by the end of free money (i.e. post-ZIRP era) and the rise of AI. I know everyone has probably heard these two themes a million times before so let me break it down specifically for this area. The end of free money has been talked about a lot on t......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 22
As a Product Manager, you need deep knowledge of the personas you serve. To build great products for developers, you don't need to be a developer, but you need to understand their challenges, motivations, and day-to-day work. I encourage product managers to use the products they build so that the......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 22
Developers on the team will generally have a sense of the market since the products we build target them as a persona, especially if you're dogfooding your product. It's important to validate problems and solutions with customers to ensure that we're building a product that aligns with market nee......Read More
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Clara Lee
Clara Lee
Hootsuite VP, ProductJuly 27
Having worked in Product in completely opposite contexts, the most valuable soft and hard skills depend on several factors, including product maturity, organizational maturity, availability of supporting functions (e.g., Product Operations, Product Analysts, etc.), and company cultural norms.  ......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 22
There are three key aspects of this: * Consistency - In large companies, APIs are maintained by many teams. Ensuring consistency across endpoints is essential to a great end-user experience. It's hard for when users when switching endpoints changes the format of standard fields like ti......Read More
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Melissa Ushakov
Melissa Ushakov
GitLab Group Manager, Product ManagementNovember 22
I've always been drawn to tools that help teams collaborate. I love the feeling of knowing that I made a team's day-to-day work easier, more enjoyable and gave them more time to spend building great products. In almost all my jobs, I became an admin for our DevOps tools, spent time working with t......Read More
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