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Saturday, June 15 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
172 - How To Avoid Killing Each Other: A Product Manager and Engineer Pair Share What They've Learned Working Together

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Sometimes, the product/engineering relationship can be fraught. Engineers and product managers may have different communication styles, may face different stressors, and may see different things when they look at the same issue. Power and gender dynamics are often in play.

But a product and engineering team that is collaborating well is a beautiful thing -- a many-eyed giant that can navigate cleanly, seeing both the forest and the trees.

How do you structure a product team to work together effectively under deadlines and pressure from other stakeholders? Do you have to learn to code to really understand what the engineer is talking about? Should you be a "shit umbrella" for your engineers? What if you are tired of getting splattered with shit?

We -- the head of product + lead engineer at a 20-person edtech startup -- will share what we've learned in the past three years of working together.

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Eliza Lajoie

Eliza LaJoie is Head of Product at Mentor Collective.
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Eli Rose

Eli Rose is lead engineer. Mentor Collective (mentorcollective.org) is an edtech startup that partners with over 50 universities to bring scalable, meaningful and personalized mentorship to their students. It has been recognized by BostInno 50 on Fire, Forbes 30 Under 30 and the Golden... Read More →


Saturday June 15, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Room 2-078