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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Blockchain PM Jobs #31

And the first Blockchain PM AMA.

Hi,

I’m planning to hold the first Blockchain PM AMA in February. We can discuss anything related to Blockchain PM. This includes, yet isn’t limited to -

1 - How to get your start as a crypto PM

2 - The differences between crypto and non-crypto PM work

3 - Who’s hiring and who’s not

4 - Sharing crypto experiences that have and haven’t worked for your team

5 - Asking PM questions to help your crypto project get unstuck

Gauging Interest

A few informal polls indicate there seems to be an interest in this. To confirm there is, please let me know if you’re interested by -

1 - Replying to this email

or

2 - Participating in the Blockchain PM Telegram chat poll (pinned to channel)

Scheduling a Date and Time

Assuming we have enough interest, the next steps are to try and find a time that works for the majority. If you’re interested in attending, please indicate your preferred date/times here.

Platform

I’ll use a Substack discussion thread as the AMA platform. I’ve been exploring ways to build a stronger Blockchain PM community using Substack. The discussion threads are a feature I’m feeling hopeful about in this regard.

Spreading the Word

As a single-person operation, my resources are limited. Please help spread the work by sharing this issue on Twitter and retweeting any Tweets you see me send related to the topic.

And now, on to this week’s jobs…

Hiring Pulse - Steady to increasing 🙂

Project Manager Blockchain at Fundació i2cat

Product Manager, Crypto at Robinhood

Marketing Project Manager (Remote) at Bitfinex

Product Manager, Trading Platform - Cryptowatch (Remote) at Kraken

Technical Product Manager at Oasis Labs

Localization Project Manager at Binance

Product Manager at Coda

Product Manager, Calibra at Facebook

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 Product Manager at Oasis Labs

Technical Project Manager/Scrum Master at Huobi

Project Manager at Bitfinex

Technical Project Manager at Bakkt

Senior Product Manager at Harbor

Product Manager at Harbor

Product Marketing Manager at Figure

Project Manager – Legal Operations at Kraken

Product Manager, Digital Media at CoinDesk

Product Manager at OKCoin USA, Inc.

Catch you next week,

Chris

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

Blockchain PM Jobs #30

And the state of Blockchain PM as 2020 begins.

Hi,

If I remember correctly, I've written these "State of" posts for the past 2-3 years. It feels like a beneficial way to summarize my observations from the previous year. I hope you find it beneficial!

Among crypto projects, project and product management seems to be establishing itself, albeit slowly, as necessary skill sets. The recognition is strongest on the enterprise blockchain side. Since I'm not interested in enterprise blockchain, the rest of this issue will focus on the "other" side of crypto.

The number of jobs I've found for this newsletter has stayed roughly consistent throughout the year. I think that number's hovered in the high-teens to low twenties. Remember, this excludes enterprise and only focuses on what I consider true crypto projects.

Working with projects via Chainflow, it feels like I'm encountering an increasing number of product managers. This is especially true with the staking projects I advise. There does seem to be a growing number of project managers in the space, yet fewer than product managers.

Projects with traditional investors, e.g. VCs, hire PMs more often that those who have self-raised their funding. Even so, a growing number of product managers are emerging in non-VC backed projects.

VC backed projects usually have founders who have lived the startup cycle before. Their new crypto project isn't their first. As a result, many of them also recognize the benefit product and project managers bring to a project.

So if you're looking for a job in crypto, your best bet is looking at VC-funded projects with an experienced founding team. If you don't want to go that route, volunteer to do some light PM structuring for one of your favorite crypto projects. The latter's how I broke into the space.

I'd say there's still a healthy dose of skepticism among developers toward PMs. It feels like many have been burned by bad PMs in the past. So I get where they're coming from on this.

To work within this bias, I'm still seeing that taking as light an approach as possible to be the most beneficial way to establish successful PM coordination among these teams.

In 2020, my sense is the acceptance of PMs in crypto will continue growing on an incremental basis. The growth should track the urgency projects feel to ship real projects and products that real people will use.

As Ethereum faces more competition for Dapp developers and users, this urgency may increase. I don't see it increasing exponentially. A slow and steady increase is more likely.

So what can we do as PMs? We can work with projects to help them ship, then onboard real developers and real users. Taking as light an approach as possible, while willing to take on more of the PM burden than you may be used to taking on, will help overcome a team's skepticism.

Also. as mentioned before, volunteering with your favorite crypto project is another good place to start. Many of these projects, especially those that aren't heavily VC-funded, can find significant benefit in even the slightest amount of coordination. I'll write more about this in a future post. Let me know in the Blockchain PM Telegram Group if you'd like to discuss specific examples in the meantime.

Getting more effective PMs in the space and demonstrating our value is the key here 🔑

And now, on to this week’s jobs…

Product Manager, Calibra at Facebook

Project Manager at Ava Labs

Technical Product Manager (Remote) at Lightning Labs

Product Manager at imToken

Product Manager at Unstoppable Domains

Product Owner and Release Coordinator at Holochain

Lead Product Manager at Vezt

Senior Product Manager at Bison Trails Co.

Technical Product Manager at Oasis Labs

Technical Project Manager/Scrum Master at Huobi

Project Manager at Bitfinex

Technical Project Manager at Bakkt

Product Manager at 0(1) Labs

Senior Product Manager at Harbor

Product Manager at Harbor

Product Marketing Manager at Figure

Product Manager - Retail at Gemini

Agile Project Manager (m/f) at Bitpanda

Project Manager – Legal Operations at Kraken

Product Manager, Digital Media at CoinDesk

Product Manager at OKCoin USA, Inc.

Catch you next week,

Chris

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

When's the right time to open a new task/issue?

Another way to ask this is “How big does a work unit have to be to warrant opening a new task/issue in your project’s tracking system?”. PMs tend toward opening more issues, more often, while developers would rather open fewer issues, less frequently. How do you strike a beneficial balance between the benefit of tracking the work and the overhead required to open the task/issue?

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How do other crypto projects set meaningful goals and measure success in order to keep up with the fast-paced development in the space?

As asked in the Blockchain PM Telegram Community. I post questions like this in these threads to spark broader discussion and maintain them for future reference. Please join the conversation 👇

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