Factually, I was recruited, but speaking to the deeper point of the question, it was the juicy nature of the product itself that compelled me to come on board. Sometimes in Product Management, you actually are just managing a piece of a Product, but in this instance, I’m dealing with a rich, complex product portfolio, with any number of interesting problems and novel challenges thrown at me. Which to me is the only reason to show up for a job–to use your mind to its true capacity.
Favorite Bluescape memory?
Planning and executing the internal usability testing for a major new feature–it was the first time to do that for a number of people on my team, and it was a pleasure to see what naturals they were, and how fruitful the testing itself was, both for the improvement of the feature itself and for the cohesion it brought throughout the company.
What’s your biggest accomplishment working here?
It’s kind of a tie between helping to establish the agile build and release cadence we now have, which helps us keep the product living and breathing with regular releases, and establishing a ‘feature team’ model for all our major features, which brings together stakeholders from engineering, qa, design, and product in order to get greater depth and breadth of participation, resulting invariably in a stronger outcome.
What do you wish to see at Bluescape in 10 years?
It’s hard (impossible, really) to project out that far. But in the next few years, I’d like to have a sense that of all the players in this space, big and small, we emerge as the ones who have best understood and anticipated why this type of solution would be integral to the modern workplace.
How do you use Bluescape at Bluescape?
For everything from roadmap construction to feature request handling to design reviews. It’s a versatile product! But using it in my own work also helps keep me honest about how much still has to be done to truly realize its full potential. Saying that makes me a lousy salesman, I know, but I think a strong Product Manager by definition can never be truly satisfied.