Remote and Asynchronous Product Management

How to thrive as a PM when working from anywhere

  1. Resist the waterfall
  2. Build shared context through documents
  3. Create requests for comment
  4. Make most meetings async
  5. Reserve synchronous interaction for high-bandwidth discussion
  6. Prefer 1:1 meetings over team meetings
  7. Invest in team building
  8. Make offsites mostly social
  9. Use available tools
  10. Document communication expectations
  11. Find balance, disconnect if you need

Resist the waterfall

Build shared context through documents

  • Context and (customer) problem
  • Why (now)
  • Potential measures of success
  • Assumptions and risks
  • Solution options

Create requests for comment

Make most meetings async

Reserve synchronous interaction for high-bandwidth discussion

Prefer 1:1 meetings over team meetings

Invest in team building

  • Ensure to start any meetings that you do have with some social chit-chat, don’t get straight to work. If you do have team meetings, you could try some icebreaker questions.
  • Make time getting to know team members individually; probably, have regular 1:1s with each of them.
  • Consider some regular “fun” activities, like playing online games together. Make sure you respect your team member’s non-work lives and other obligations, though, and ensure you don’t accidentally exclude someone.
  • Remote work can be lonely, see if there can be (open) collaborative or pairing work sessions.

Make offsites mostly social

Use available tools

  • Whiteboarding and collaborative sketching solutions like Miro or FigJam
  • Meeting recording tools like Grain or Vowel
  • Asynchronous video tools like Loom
  • Collaborative data analysis tools like Hex

Document communication expectations

Find balance, disconnect if you need

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