What's your go-to PM tool suite?

I've had good luck with a Github and Zenhub combination. In my experience, it's a lightweight combo that removes many GH project inefficiencies, without adding unnecessary administrative overhead.

Also, the combo allows developers to work in GH, without having to add another tool to their workflow. At the same time, Zenhub abstracts away some detail PMs may find unnecessary. Zenhub also provides some nice streamlined reporting overlays.

What’s your go-to PM tool suite and why?

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What are common misperceptions the crypto community has about PMs?

I’ve heard things like -

“All they do is schedule meetings…”
”They create busywork for developers to keep themselves busy…”

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What are some of your “favorites”? 😉👇

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What challenges do you face as a blockchain PM?

As first asked in the Blockchain PM telegram group, what challenges do you face as blockchain PM?
Are they unique to the crypto space or similar to the challenges you’ve faced when managing non-crypto teams?

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Blockchain PM #32

And Blockchain PM in uncertain times...

Hi,

I hope each of you is staying well, safe and socially responsible 🙏

I haven’t sent an issue in a while. I do plan to continue sending them. The job listings feel more important than ever in these uncertain times.

This issue will include some Blockchain PM thoughts I collected over the past few weeks.

To start, I would greatly appreciate some help writing this newsletter. I’m having a hard time keeping up with it. Assistance from a volunteer or two would help get these issues back on a regular, every two week cadence.

Also, our Telegram group has over 50 members. It’s silent though. If you’d like to help manage that community, please let me know. Otherwise, please do contribute and don’t hesitate to start conversations in there. I keep an eye on it and believe others do too.

I’ve also been wondering about the perspective that project or product management is a “luxury” that crypto projects can’t afford. It’s starting to feel to me that at least some projects are starting to feel this way.

Developers are first priority. Then comes community builders. Maybe a researcher or two follow. Then maybe, just maybe, a PM gets fit into the picture.

This feels short-sighted to me. I see an effective PM as someone who increases the return on its developer spend investment.

This is a tough sell to projects though, particularly in tight financial times, as those we’re in now. Yet without a PM, the return on the developer spend investment diminishes, as inefficiency increases.

I’m thinking about this as I read Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Although I’m only working through the intro at the moment, he talks about the value of preventing problems going unrecognized.

By this he means that people who prevent problems from happening are often taken for granted, because the problem never manifests. As a result, the actions the person has taken are unrecognized and the efforts unappreciated. I feel like the work PMs do falls into this category.

So I think that’s it for now. Catch you soon, hopefully in about two weeks.

And now, on to this week’s jobs…

Hiring Pulse - Unknown, while these job listings are active at the time of publication, it’s unclear whether or not the companies are actually hiring or not 🤔

Product Manager, Crypto at Robinhood

Project Manager at Ava Labs

Technical Product Manager (Remote) at Lightning Labs

Product Manager at imToken

Product Manager at Unstoppable Domains

Lead Product Manager at Vezt

Senior Product Manager at Bison Trails Co.

Technical Project Manager/Scrum Master at Huobi

Project Manager at Bitfinex

Technical Project Manager at Bakkt

Senior Product Manager at Harbor

Product Manager - Mobile at Kraken

Senior Product Manager at Paxos

Associate Product Manager at AxiomZen

Head of Product, Platforms at AxiomZen

Group Product Manager at 80Twenty (Coinbase Custody?)

Senior Product Manager at Overstock

Business Product Strategy Senior Manager – US at Revolut

Product Owner at ProtonMail

Product Manager at Coincover

Senior Product Manager at Bittrex

Technical Product Manager, DAML-on-X Team at Digital Asset

Project Manager at Flipside Crypto

Sr. Trading Product Manager at eToro

Product Manager at Horizon Blockchain Games

Project Manager at Aeternity Blockchain

Project Operator, IPFS at Protocol Labs

Technical Product Manager at 3box

Chris

P.S. - Have you joined the Blockchain PM Telegram community yet?

How can Blockchain PM be most useful to you in these uncertain times?

I haven’t sent out an issue in a while, yet am committed to sending one soon, while getting back on a regular cadence.

In the meantime, please let me know how Blockchain PM can be most useful to you in these uncertain times…

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