The Vice President of Technical Product Management excels at:
- Defining data structures and object models
- Creating algorithms to solve high-value problems
- Mapping solutions to large “building blocks” of existing open source components and cloud services
- Making decisions that reduce scope in favour of simplicity
- Clear written communication
- Leading and managing a team
- Unfortunately, most companies do a terrible job at this.
- They do not do the hard work up front, and they start coding too early. They don’t invest in developing expertise and innovation.
- They build roadmaps based on what competitors are already delivering or on the tactical needs of the sales team.
- Their technical product managers focus on UIs and mockups instead of the product’s core data structures and algorithms.
- For the Vice President of Technical Product Management position, you have likely been a Technical Co-Founder of a smaller company or a Senior Architect at a large software company such as Microsoft, Google, IBM, Oracle, etc.
- Our Technical Product Management roles are much more technical than what most companies call “Product Management” so traditional “product management” experience is not a requirement.
Create technical design specs that define the core of software products Know how to apply modern software design patterns (think cloud, containerization, etc) to product requirements Review and provide feedback to more junior product managers turning your decisions into detailed engineering plans
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science is absolutely mandatory, (M.Sc. or PhD preferred) 5+ years of hands-on production code development in Java or C# 3+ years experience taking product requirements, making the core technical design decisions, and creating detailed specifications for a team of developers to code and test Able to identify and articulate patterns in unstructured and unorganized content Excellent written communication skills including architecture diagrams, data flows, and system component diagrams A passion for creating work in a process-driven way and working with team members to continuously improve that process