Keeping your new and full-remote team close: key dynamics to foster the greatest team environment

  • Dynamics from definition. The product manager, product designer and tech lead work together in every path of the process, so we decided it’d be better for everyone on the team if we started carrying out some dynamics during the definition stage of a feature, so that each stakeholder can share their point of view, and not only the 3 of us. At first we had planned this step as a simple meeting in which the dev team would communicate to us what they are capable of doing or not, but it has evolved into a really cool dynamic that gets the entire team thinking and defining the next milestone. Eduard, our senior product designer, has recently led a card sorting dynamic in order to define the architecture of the new company user portal , and I can assure you that those dynamics not only help you with the objective of the meeting, but with the communication and teamwork among squad members as well.
  • Shorter and focused meetings. I know dev people don’t tend to be big fans of meetings, but I really believe that this is because sometimes product managers are so overwhelmed that we do not prepare the meetings as well as we should. We have settled our own process and (for now) it goes so well. Most people lose focus in long meetings, so we try to have more frequent, but shorter ones. The most important thing here is to have an agenda and to prepare all documentation the team might need, and send it previously to the meeting. If something not specifically related to the meeting comes up, we set another meeting to talk about it.
  • The Engineering team is just as important as any of the stakeholders, so you must be completely transparent with company information. Normally, I keep the engineering team in the loop regarding any discussions taking place in different departments so they can be aware of any possible changes to the roadmap. The off-topic section at the closing of the daily meeting, for example, is a great time to do this.

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Teresa Lopez

Teresa Lopez

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Product & Design lover! | Product Manager @Smart Protection