In a large company, such as Microsoft, we tend to work with tens of developers on features. In my past features, I’ve worked with as many as 6 developers synchronously to build out my features.
With such a big team, it’s no wonder we get more done. But it also means we have to co-ordinate more.
One of the PM’s unspoken, but important jobs is to keep this process as simple as possible. If you’re good at breaking down barriers, building a process that makes talking to each other very simple, then you become a plus for the team.
In professional hockey, there are players who are measured by a plus minus (+/-). This is defined as (goals scored – goals against) while on the ice. This is an excellent measurement to understanding a player’s contributions on the ice. A player in the positive is one who always helps the team score goals, even if they’re not scoring the goal themselves.
Being in a career like this, critical thinking is a very important skill set because simplifying processes isn’t simple. But if you can help make it easier for people to drive towards one goal, keep the team locked on one vision, and reduce the chaos, you’re well on your way to being a top 1% PM.
Just a small lesson for you.