Engineering and Product Collaboration
What you'll learn
- Understand the composition, purpose and roles within cross-functional teams in modern technology companies.
- Be able to collaboratively plan, build, release and iterate on software by harnessing the natural tension between product and engineering.
- Gain insight into how to balance short-term and long-term needs, such as being early to market versus managing risk and technical debt.
- Learn the mechanisms to incorporate a culture of transparency, sharing and feedback within a team.
- There's no formal experience needed. However, some idea or experience of what it's like to be a software engineer or product manager in industry is a bonus.
Have you ever wondered how to make your team more effective, efficient and fun? Look no further. Let's ship!
Learn how software companies create world-leading products through collaboration, and then take those techniques away and apply them to your own work and team.
Here's what we'll cover:
We'll learn how collaboration between product and engineering creates amazing software. How exactly are teams structured in order to create the software that we use today? We'll see how there is no lone genius doing all of the work. Instead, it's collaboration between a multitude of people. We'll be focussing specifically on product management and software engineering.
We'll discover how cross-functional teams are composed, and what everyone's roles and responsibilities are. We'll look inside and outside of the team and see who does what and when. We'll also see how a natural tension between everyone on the team can lead to better results.
We'll look at the process of planning, prioritising, building, shipping and iterating. At each of these stages, we'll learn the key things to do in order to make sure your team is staying lean and focussing on what matters.
Next, we'll dig deep into common software engineering frustrations. Technical debt, proposing technical projects, and feature factories: we've got them covered! We'll think about solutions for tackling each of these.
Then, we'll explore common product management frustrations. Why are the developers so slow? Why are big bang launches a bad idea? We'll explore deeper.
We'll explore routines for healthy and productive teams. This covers everything from stand-ups to milestone planning to retrospectives. We'll provide you the toolkit to sharpen up your team.
If you're a complete beginner, or haven't got your first job in industry yet, then that's no problem. Learning about the ways in which we think about planning, prioritising and building software will help you out in your studies and make sure you're on the front foot for the future.
Who this course is for:
- New to mid-level product managers, software engineers and engineering managers/team leads. Additionally, anyone aspiring to work in technology will learn a lot about how we all get things done.
Experienced and impactful engineering leader, author and speaker. I'm at Shopify, making commerce better for everyone. I'm always hiring.
Previously I helped grow Brandwatch from seed round through to acquisition. Prior to that, I did a Ph.D. in compilers.
I'm the author of Become An “Effective Software Engineering Manager”, a handbook to taking the leap into management. I’ve also written another book, “Effective Remote Work”, and you can probably guess what that’s about.