I'm Back 🙂 Blockchain PM Jobs #28

And why chat's the worst way to manage work.

Hi,

I haven’t sent an issue in a while. The run-up to Devcon consumed me. Since coming back after getting delayed because of the Typhoon, I feel like I’ve been playing catch-up! My plan is to start sending these every other week again.

I’ve also been directing attention to libp2p’s Project Manager search. It’s not too late to apply if you’re interested.

Chat’s The Worst Way to Manage Work

I’ve wanted to write about this for a while. I’m convinced real-time chat’s the worst way to manage work.
Ok, it’s out there now. I feel a little better 😊

Crypto’s overrun by real-time chat channels. I’m on at least 9 different chat platforms and can’t count the number of channels on each platform. If you’ve spent any time at all in crypto, I’m guessing you can relate to the pain this causes.

Using chat to communicate is difficult enough. Trying to manage work through it’s impossible. Yet so many crypto projects continue doing it by default. Once they start, it’s almost impossible to get them to stop.

People drop tasks in chats all the time. Sometimes they’re explicit and direct asks. Sometimes they’re implicit and indirect requests or suggestions. Sometimes they’re addressed to a particular person. Sometimes they’re not. Maybe they get logged somewhere, by someone, often they don’t.

Doing this also causes serious workflow disruption. People see the request and feel compelled to address and/or act on it RIGHT AWAY. Priorities blow-up and get destroyed in the process.

Then people start trying to discuss multiple tasks in a single, real-time chat stream. This becomes a mess of uncorrelated conversations. They require a person to manually piece a conversation together, usually in their head. This results in cognitive overload 🤯

So why do projects continue doing this? Usually it’s the perceived need for speed and the feeling that it’s impossible to slow down, even a step or two. As a result, the process inefficiency actually slows the project down even more than slowing down to establish a simple project management communication tool ever would.

What’s the answer? Slow down, take a few conscious breaths. Establish even the simplest project management tool. Use it to manage threaded and sane conversations. Establish the discipline to have task related conversations in it. Sit back and enjoy the results, i.e. improved efficiency and a saner team.

(This post is an evolution on my thinking about real time chat in general. This post from Doist has been a big influence on my thought process.)

And now, on to this week’s jobs…

General Pulse - Slow to Steady 😕

Project Manager at Ava Labs

Product Manager at imToken

Product Manager at Unstoppable Domains

Finance Project Manager, Blockchain at Facebook

Product Owner and Release Coordinator at Holochain

Lead Product Manager at Vezt

Senior Product Manager at Bison Trails Co.

Product Manager at Livepeer

Technical Product Manager at Oasis Labs

Technical Project Manager/Scrum Master at Huobi

Technical Product Manager at Oasis Labs

Product Manager at OKCoin USA, Inc.

Project Manager at Bitfinex

Technical Project Manager at Bakkt

Product Manager at 0(1) Labs

Product Manager, LabOS (Remote - Anywhere) at Protocol Labs

Product Manager at Harbor

Product Marketing Manager at Figure

You can also browse the master spreadsheet I filter to create this list. It includes the raw data master I use to track the job listings.

Catch you next week,

Chris

@cjremus / chainflow.io

P.S. - Are you a crypto project looking for a talented PM? I’d love to help find the right PM for your project. Please contact me to start the conversation.

BlockchainPM - Recruiting for libp2p

I'm actively recruiting for libp2p's project manager opening.

Hi,

As I mentioned in the last issue, I’m actively recruiting for two crypto PM positions. One position is a project manager at libp2p, part of Protocol Labs.

You may know Protocol Labs through their IPFS project. libp2p is another project that falls under the Protocol Labs umbrella.

About libp2p

“The libp2p Project (https://libp2p.io) is an open source (MIT/Apache licensed) decentralized networking stack. It provides all the basic plumbing needed to build a peer-to-peer application:  peer discovery, content routing, publish/subscribe messaging, a distributed hash table (DHT) for scalable record storage, advanced cryptography to secure and authenticate connections, stream multiplexing, and other features.  This abundance of features is libp2p’s key strength. Many of our downstream users started out trying to write their own peer-to-peer networking layer and then, upon discovering how complex it is, decide to adopt libp2p instead.  With Go, JS, Rust, Java, Python and Nim implementations, the libp2p framework is available to a wide range of developers targeting everything from SoC’s to browser-based applications.”

About the libp2p PM Opening

The Project Manager at libp2p will be focused on organizing development team efforts, guiding them toward common goals and milestones, along an agreed-to timeline. The Project Manager will coordinate with the project leads and development team, helping synchronize libp2p goals and the development activity that builds the tools to realize these goals.

This role is focused on the libp2 Project (https://libp2p.io), a peer to peer decentralized network stack that can form the basis for the next generation of decentralized, networked applications. libp2p already has significant adoption from a variety of downstream projects, ranging from decentralized video to blockchains to browser-based dapps.  

As the Project Manager for libp2p, you will be in charge of helping define and then guide development workflows, while clearing blockers that emerge as the development team executes the work. You’ll do this while interfacing with the project leads, to track, adjust and readjust the workflows, to maintain synchronization between the workflows and the project’s goals.

How and Why to Apply Through Blockchain PM

Blockchain PM subscribers jump the review queue. Here’s how it works -

1 - Apply to the opening here.

Reference Blockchain PM in your application.

2 - Reply to this email letting me know you applied.

3 - I’ll review your application and schedule a phone screen if there’s a potential fit.

4 - If you pass the phone screen, I send a recommendation to the libp2p hiring team to interview you. libp2p has agreed to move candidates I refer to the top of their interview list.

Best of luck and I hope to hear from you 🤞

Chris

@cjremus

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Blockchain PM Jobs #27

And recruiting, DevCon meetup and chat updates

Hi,

A while back I introduced the Chainflow Crypto PM Connect and Kick-Start Program. Crypto projects are starting to become interested in it.

Actively Recruiting for Two Crypto PM Positions

Two projects have asked me to help them recruit for open crypto PM positions.

The first is Solana. I’ll be sending out a more detailed post about the position soon.

In the meantime, have a look at the position description. Drop me a line if you’re interested in applying.

I’ll announce the second in a separate post within the next week. Keep an eye out for it.

DevCon 5 Meetup?

Are you attending Devcon 5 in Osaka this October? Would you be interested in attending a Blockchain PM meetup? If 5-8 of us are interested, I’ll start coordinating it.

Blockchain PM Chat Channel?

We’re all inundated with too many real-time chat channels. As PM’s we know that real-time chat is often at odds with efficient workflow. We agree that managing work and tasks via real-time chat is a recipe for at least a mild disaster.

At least I’m hoping we do 😉

That said, I’m wondering if a blockchain PM channel might be beneficial. We could use it to share jobs as we hear about them. We can bounce ideas off each other and share experiences.

Collecting Responses via Twitter Poll

Please indicate your interest in the Devcon meetup and/or chat channel via this Twitter poll.

And now, on to this week’s jobs…

General Pulse - Steady to Accelerating 🙂

Product Manager at Solana

Technical Product Manager for Dapper Labs at Axiom Zen

Product Manager at imToken

Product Manager at Unstoppable Domains

Finance Project Manager, Blockchain at Facebook

Technical Product Manager at Chronicled

Product Owner and Release Coordinator at Holochain

Lead Product Manager at Vezt

Product Manager - Blockchain Analytics at Coinbase

Senior Product Manager at Bison Trails Co.

Product Manager at Livepeer

Product Manager at O(1) Labs

Product Manager at NEAR Protocol

Filecoin China Program Manager at Protocol Labs

Technical Product Manager at Oasis Labs

Technical Project Manager/Scrum Master at Huobi

Growth Product Manager, Blockchain at Facebook

Product Manager at OKCoin USA, Inc.

Project Manager at Bitfinex

Product Manager (Technical) at Paxful

Technical Project Manager at Bakkt

Senior Product Manager at Kiva

Senior Product Manager at BitPay

You can also browse the master spreadsheet I filter to create this list. It includes the raw data master I use to track the job listings.

Catch you next week,

Chris

@cjremus / chainflow.io

P.S. - Help advocate for more PM’s in crypto by sharing this issue on Twitter 💪

Blockchain PM Jobs #26

And running stand-ups ain't easy.

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Hi,

This is part of of what's becoming a "PM'ing Ain't Easy" series. You can find the first issue in the series here.

I've recently experienced the rare luxury recently of participating in, rather than leading weekly stand-ups. It's the first time I've been a participant, rather than leader, in a long time

This experience provides me with a fresh perspective. It reminds me that one reason PM'ing ain't easy is because running stand-ups ain't easy.

If you've run stand-ups you'll know what I mean.

In truth, nobody really wants to have stand-ups. This means nobody's super-enthusiastic about attending when they do. Most people are probably multi-tasking during the stand-up, listening with half an ear for their turn to come around.

The PM has to coax updates out of these reluctant team members. This is hard, because the PM's essentially asking people to self-report on their progress. It forces a sometimes uncomfortable self-introspection process.

Even harder is having to ask for updates on specific items. This often evokes uncomfortable answers about why something's not done yet. Even when done with the best intentions, it's hard for high performing team members to not view these questions as uncomfortable, for example, if the work in question isn't done yet.

Harder than that is having to explore why certain tasks are stuck. Again, it's hard for these questions to not put people on the defensive. Yet it's the PM's job to uncover these blockers and figure out how to resolve them.

All these difficulties get magnified for crypto projects, as there's usually an inherent skepticism about the need for PMs in the first place. Asking hard questions in the midst of mild to not so mild resentment builds more resentment.

Adding to the difficulty is that most crypto projects don't yet have a shipping mindset. So the "it will get done when it gets done" mindset prevails.

Every project gets stuck on a regular basis. Yet without someone to ask the hard questions, stuck projects stay stuck. Projects don't ship and the power of decentralization goes unrealized.

So to all you PMs out there doing the hard work of running these stand-ups, keep it up. While hard an unappreciated, it's necessary work. Try and maintain a light touch and sense of humor along the way.

And remember, even though it seems like you may be alone when you ask a question during a stand-up and face that uneasy silence in return, you're not alone in the struggle 😊

And now, on to this week’s jobs…

General Pulse - Steady 😐

Head of Product Development for Dapper Labs at Axiom Zen

Technical Product Manager for Dapper Labs at Axiom Zen

Product Manager at imToken

Product Manager at Unstoppable Domains

Finance Project Manager, Blockchain at Facebook

Technical Product Manager at Chronicled

Product Owner and Release Coordinator at Holochain

Lead Product Manager at Vezt

Product Manager - Blockchain Analytics at Coinbase

Senior Product Manager at Bison Trails Co.

Product Manager at Livepeer

Product Manager at O(1) Labs

Product Manager at NEAR Protocol

Filecoin China Program Manager at Protocol Labs

Technical Product Manager at Oasis Labs

Technical Project Manager/Scrum Master at Huobi

Growth Product Manager, Blockchain at Facebook

Product Manager at OKCoin USA, Inc.

Senior Product Manager, Blockchain at Kiva

Project Manager at Bitfinex

You can also browse the master spreadsheet I filter to create this list. It includes the raw data master I use to track the job listings.

Catch you next week,

Chris

@cjremus / chainflow.io

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Blockchain PM Jobs #25

Speed, Precision, and Efficiency

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Hi,

Somewhere along the way, speed became THE thing. Things need to get done. They need to get done FAST! Then they need to get done FASTER! Then maybe even FASTER than that!

FAST! FAST! FAST!

Why?

I guess part of it comes from the start-up company fear of running out of cash. The company fears burning all it's funding before becoming self-sustaining. My sense is that's one big, if not the biggest, driver. Does this also apply to crypto, though?

Some crypto projects are sitting on big heaps of cash, still. Does their sense of urgency stem from the fear of running out of cash? I'm not so sure it does.

Other projects have no external funding. They're self-funded and bootstrapped. My Chainflow Validator operation is one of these. I get the need for speed, to some extent, in this scenario. How long can an operation sustain itself like this?

A different category of projects has VC funding. It's not surprising these projects feel the FAST heat 🔥

Regardless of need for speed's source, speed has a cost. Speed takes an unhealthy toll on the humans doing the work. Speed is often inversely-correlated with precision and efficiency.

It's the trade-off between quantity vs. quality. For example, a boatload of Github PR's, submitted over a short period of time, doesn't necessarily indicate a project is on-course. It can just as accurately indicate a lack of precision and/or inefficient workflow.

Most projects I work with are already underway by the time I get involved. I'd say most of them are probably operating around 55-65% efficiency, at best. Most are probably closer to the 55% mark.

My sense is the choice of speed, rather than precision is the main cause of the inefficiency. Here's another example I tweeted over the weekend, related to regrouping after missed deadlines.

Project teams are afraid to slow down. Yet it's in the slowing down that gains in precision and therefore efficiency can be made.

And now, on to this week’s jobs…

General Pulse - Steady 😐

Chief Product Officer for Dapper Labs at Axiom Zen

Head of Product Development for Dapper Labs at Axiom Zen

Technical Product Manager for Dapper Labs at Axiom Zen

Product Manager at imToken

Product Manager at Unstoppable Domains

Finance Project Manager, Blockchain at Facebook

Technical Product Manager at Chronicled

Technical Product Manager - Ecosystem at Interchain Foundation

Technical Product Manager at Tendermint

Product Owner and Release Coordinator at Holochain

Lead Product Manager at Vezt

Product Manager - Blockchain Analytics at Coinbase

Senior Product Manager at Bison Trails Co.

Product Manager at Livepeer

Product Manager at O(1) Labs

Product Manager at NEAR Protocol

Product Manager, Growth at Dfinity

Filecoin China Program Manager at Protocol Labs

Technical Product Manager at Oasis Labs

Senior Product Manager at ThunderCore

Technical Project Manager/Scrum Master at Huobi

You can also browse the master spreadsheet I filter to create this list. It includes the raw data master I use to track the job listings.

Catch you next week,

Chris

@cjremus / chainflow.io

P.S. - Help advocate for more PM’s in crypto by sharing this issue on Twitter 💪

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