12 responses to “Product Management Tip: How to Piss Off Engineering”

  1. Tweets that mention Product Management Tip: How to Piss Off Engineering -- Topsy.com

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Lindsay Mack and Geoffrey Anderson, Eric Krock. Eric Krock said: Product Management Tip: How to Piss Off #Engineering http://bit.ly/9yAh2I #pm #pmot #prodmgmt #itfail #it #software [...]

  2. Geoffrey Anderson

    Eric,

    As usual, a fantastic post with a great twist. Combine this with what the Cranky PM says about the 6 types of developers and the flurry of outrage on reddit, and it is quite insightful.

    One of the things that has helped me be successful long term (have I really been a PM for 13 years now? Wow) is to have a degree of respect for the engineering team, and to have enough humility to ensure that if I don’t know something, I learn it, or I find an internal advocate and partner with them to add strength to the positioning within the team.

    On the flip side, I have seen devs/engineers try to bridge into PM and instantly commit many of these sins, forgetting the pain it might cause to the engineering team. They usually fail, and as the Cranky PM will bemoan, blame everyone but themselves for their shortfall.

    Keep the posts up!

    Geoff

  3. David Fulton

    Eric,
    You forgot one of my “favorites” — Question every technical detail that you get from Engineering and tell them (and everyone else that you know) exactly how wrong and incompetent they are, because (of course), you know far more about Engineering than anybody else. Guaranteed to get you run out of town on a rail.
    -dave-

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  5. Tomin8tor

    Now you need to publish the inverse:
    “Product Engineer Tip: How to piss off product managers”
    - Ignore the MRD that the PM worked his @$$ off to get ALL company CXOs to sign
    - Call product managers “marketing pukes”
    - Lie to the PM – thinking that screwing with him is in the best interest of everyone, when in reality it’s sabotaging the company
    - Assume that your RIDICULOUS idea will revolutionize the industry, when the customers have told the PM that they wouldn’t buy it if it was FREE
    - Release crappy, bug-riddle products knowing that YOU will never have to face the customer’s foaming-at-the-mouth RAGE
    - Commit to release dates that you don’t have a PRAYER of making just to make the CEO happy, knowing that, when you are late, you won’t ever have to face the aforementioned mouth-foaming customer
    - Quit half way through a project because you got a better offer
    - Express an interest in becoming a product manager after you’ve treated the existing one like $%@#

    I’ve been doing this for years and have seen ALL of the above — and more. I could go on and on and on and on…

    How about we all just get along? Stop the bickering and let’s all get back to work.

  6. Jeff Brandt

    Still laughing, thanks

    Here is the one I always like:

    Requirements? Do you really need them to start?

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