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As a PO/PM, how should I contribute during daily tech stand-ups?

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Title. I’m in my early career and would appreciate any advices! I’m currently an associate PM in banking(tech side, enterprise services). I have no prior PM experience and only 2 yoe as a data scientist prior to my current job. The tech product(service) that I’m currently on is in the early-mid stage in the product live cycle and it has fewer dependencies than other products.

Engineering team takes turn leading the daily standups and they always ask me if I have any updates, when in reality the majority of the work I do is scoping/planning/unblock potential road blocks, which is hard to provide daily updates on. Feels pretty awkward to say I have no updates everyday. In this case what should I really do? It feels like I’m losing respects before I even start gaining them.

Thanks all!

Our response

Author: Joe Tannorella
Rocket Role Team
If you don’t have an update, perhaps you’re simply doing a good job already by communicating between stand ups effectively?

The worst thing you could do is feel you have to fill time by speaking just to seem like you have an update to give - people will know if you’re doing this and see right through it.

Just be there, be available, offer to assist where necessary. Your value is in prioritising the right things and adding value for your customers. Make sure you’re demonstrating to your team the impact they’re having - that is always a welcomed update. “Hey fun fact, any guesses on the conversation that new feature is having that we released last month?!”

It can also be a good opportunity to reiterate your strategy and vision.

If you’d like, I’m happy to give you extra perspective on a call sometime if you DM me. I’ve worked across and managed lots of product teams. Stand up dynamics vary a lot for various reasons.

Good luck!

We also asked some experts...

Advice from thousands of podcasts episodes, including:
Here's what they had to say:

🎯 Be Proactive and Make Connections
Christopher Miller on Lenny's podcast suggests that if you're product curious, reach out to the PMs and ask how you can make their day easier. Figure out what you can do in your spare time that they can offload to you. This will give you a direct sight-line into the day-to-day of a team and help you understand their problem space.

Try this: Reach out to a PM and ask how you can make their day easier.
Source: Relentless Curiosity, Radical Accountability, and HubSpot's Winning Growth Formula – Lenny's podcast

🔑 Improve Your Communication Skills
Ian McAllister on Lenny's podcast emphasizes the importance of being a better communicator. Answering a 'when' question with a date, knowing how to use numbers to answer questions, and learning from feedback are some of the ways to improve communication.

Try this: Practice answering a 'when' question with a date and using numbers to answer questions.
Source: What it Takes to Become a Top 1% PM – Lenny's podcast

📈 Showcase Your Skills and Work Products
Hari Srinivasan on Lenny's podcast suggests adding work products and other credentials against each skill required for a job. This can make you more interesting for people looking for someone with your skills.

Try this: Add work products and other credentials against each skill you possess.
Source: LinkedIn's Product Evolution and the Art of Building Complex Systems – Lenny's podcast

Closing Summary

To become more effective as a Product Manager, proactively make connections, improve your communication skills, and showcase your skills and work products. These strategies can help you gain respect and make a significant impact in your role.

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