The Modern Way To Build Your Product Team

A nice exposition of the same principles I’ve been using to build great engineering organizations: The Modern Way To Build Your Product Team by David Cancel. First, he points out that customer expectations have changed along with the rise of software-as-a-service and the on-demand economy. They don’t want to hear “it’s on our roadmap for next quarter.” So one has to build a different kind of organization, one designed to be low latency and high velocity. That means:

  1. Keep the teams small – “Small teams have a singular shared focus on the customer problem at hand.”
  2. No shared resources – “Want to move slow? Want to deal with politics? Have your product teams share resources/dependencies.”
  3. The Key Ingredients Are Autonomy And Ownership – “development teams are responsible for the entire product, including operating and supporting the apps.”

An engineering organization built along these principles is a lot more fun and productive than a big company with politics and roadmaps and endless meetings. That’s the kind of place I’ve been creating for more than a decade, and if it sounds attractive to you, we’re hiring.