In this era of remote work, staying on top of day-to-day tasks while managing team communication can feel like an insurmountable tangle of setbacks and challenges.
In this workshop, author and consultant Matt LeMay shares immediate, actionable steps that product managers working remotely can take to better manage their time and their team. You’ll learn how paper checklists can help you avoid missed meetings, how a simple one-page manual can improve the way your team works together, and why many Agile teams have it completely backwards when it comes to synchronous and asynchronous communication.
Anybody who has struggled to prioritize their time and manage their team’s communication while working remotely. While this may be particularly relevant to product managers, the tactics we explore will be relevant and immediately useful to anybody working with a remote team, whether they are a designer, a developer, a marketer, or a manager.
Why all of us, no matter how smart and organized, are likely to forget things unless we write them down.
Using daily and weekly written checklists to manage our time and our tasks.
Creating a simple comms manual to help your team answer critical questions like, “How quickly do we expect a response to a Slack message or email?” and, “What is our protocol for sending and receiving messages outside of working hours?”
Readjusting your team’s meetings and ceremonies to better use both synchronous and asynchronous communication channels.
Use daily and weekly checklists to keep yourself organized and avoid missing deadlines and to-do items.
Create a simple comms manual to clarify expectations and address assumptions on your team.
Try to conduct status updates asynchronously, and reserve synchronous time for decision-making and generative work.
You’ll need access to Google Drive.
Matt LeMay is the author of Agile for Everybody (O’Reilly Media, 2018) and Product Management in Practice (O'Reilly Media, 2017). He has helped build and scale product management practices at companies ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 enterprises. Matt was selected as a Top 50 Product Management influencer by the PM Year in Review for both 2016 and 2015. Previously, Matt worked as Senior Product Manager at music startup Songza (acquired by Google), and Head of Consumer Product at Bitly. Matt is also a musician, recording engineer, and the author of a book about singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. He lives in Portland, OR with his wife Joan and their turtle Sheldon.