How to get shit done (when nobody reports to you)

Why would people listen to me and work on my product ideas when they don’t report to me?

3 years and as many product launches later, here is what I know about navigating teams, leading by vision and getting things done, even when nobody reports to you.

Understand that teams are made of people.

Teams are made of people, so the first order of business is to be personable and respectful of the people you are dealing with. The last thing you can do is be a douche and alienate the team that you need for your product's success

Get rid of complexity

Product Managers deal with a lot of big product ideas that are vague and broad, but when its time to build — it is also their responsibility to break big ideas down into immediate executables for the team. Something the team can execute on immediately. This is the single most important thing that you can do to start getting things done.

Context is Everything

I was a software developer early in my career, and if there was one thing I hated the most, it was being asked to do something without any context around it. Sure I’d do it anyway, but only after I was done working on all the other requests I had some context about. You can probably see where I am going with this.

Be decisive & get comfortable with trade offs

As a Product Manager, you’ve got to be decisive. You are the one that makes final decisions on your product, so your team expects you to be comfortable with making key decisions. It sounds obvious, but it’s probably the hardest thing in Product Management.

Be Genuine

People that create stuff and build things are a smart lot, so the last thing you want to do is to ‘trick’ them into working for you. Instead, be genuine.

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