We believe that our approach towards Technical Product Management is truly unique. We objectively define each product in terms of the market it serves and the technology it leverages.
We uncover market-gaps by identifying CIV (Challenging, Important or Valuable) problems specific to that domain. We employ a standardized process to elicit relevant information from SMEs and succinctly describe each CIV Problem.
We then define Core Functionality (CFs) which the product will implement in order to address each CIV Problem. Through a combination of CIV Problems and CFs, we are in a position to analyze the product-market fit in an objective, standardized fashion. A CIV problem without any CFs is a remaining gap, while a CF which doesn’t address a CIV problem represents unnecessary complexity.
Once we have articulated the product-market fit, we turn our attention (and most of our time) towards identifying the Important Technical Decisions (ITDs) that will provide this core functionality in the most effective way.
Success as a TPM requires deep technical skills across a variety of technologies in addition to exemplary communication skills.
Being successful as a TPM requires deep technical skills across a variety of technologies and domains in addition to exemplary communication skills
Specifically, candidates must have
- A university degree (BS, MS, or PhD) that included in-depth study of data structures, algorithms, object-oriented programming, computer architecture, and software engineering.
- Spent 2+ years working for a commercial software company with the full-time responsibility of writing production code in either Java or C#
- Spent 2 or more years making the important architecture and design decisions on software projects, such as the application of architecture design patterns or significant open source technologies
- Experience as the decision-maker for design decisions involving the use of cloud computing services (such as AWS)
Other, highly desirable skills include
- Expertise in other current, mainstream languages (examples include Python, Go, Kotlin, Scala) and frameworks (examples NodeJS, Spring).
- Architecting web-scale SaaS solutions
- Ongoing contributions to leading Open Source project
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