Effective, experienced technical product management is crucial to make software development hum: Engineering and Product Management are symbiotic. Product managers lead and motivate by first establishing credibility with engineers, and by bringing vision, data, collaboration, prioritization, and protection. Ron Lichty has repeatedly been brought in to transform chaos to clarity in software development. Here’s what product managers can apply to lead and motivate engineers and make software development hum.
Ron Lichty has, for 30-plus years, championed delighting customers. He believes that strong product/engineering collaboration is essential to achieving that goal. Ron co-authored the Addison-Wesley book Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams (http://www.ManagingTheUnmanageable.net) and annually coauthors the Study of Product Team Performance (http://www.ronlichty.com/study.html).
Ron spent seven years as a programmer, two years as a product manager, and 25 years managing product and development organizations at all levels - to VP of engineering, VP of product and CTO - at companies ranging in size from tiny startups to Charles Schwab,Stanford, and Apple.
He now consults across that realm, taking on fractional interim VP Engineering and acting CTO roles, training teams in agile, training managers in managing software people and teams, and coaching development teams and executives in making software development hum. (http://www.ronlichty.com)
Ron has long been a popular speaker at product, development and agile meetups and conferences. Ron@RonLichty.com