I gave a lighthearted talk yesterday at the LinkedIn User Experience team’s all hands meeting. I called it “Getting the Most Out of Your Product Manager”, and it was intended to talk from the perspective of someone who has lived in both of the HCI (Human Computer Interaction) & PM (Product Management) worlds. The goal of the deck was simple – by explaining to designers and user experience professionals what makes a great product manager and how they are held accountable, it more obvious why occassionally PMs & Designers can clash.
There are some inside jokes so it might not be as funny to everyone, but it was popular enough that I thought I’d share it here.
As a side note, it was truly amazing to see such a large and amazingly talented group of designers and web developers arranged together. Incredible validation of a simple truth – that if you want great user experience, you need to foster a culture and process that not only attracts the best talent, but also lets them do their best work.
It’s hard to believe that it was only in 2007 that we started down the path of having a formal UED team at LinkedIn. When you see products like the recent LinkedIn mobile products, it’s worth remembering that great designs come from great teams.